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GD awarded $1 billion LAV upgrade

24th October 2011 - 15:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has been awarded a $1 billion contract by the Canadian Government for the incorporation of a ‘comprehensive upgrade package’ into the Canadian Army’s LAV III combat vehicle fleet.

Announced on 24 October, the LAV III Upgrade Project will modernise 550 vehicles ‘significantly enhancing their survivability, mobility and firepower and extending the fleet's lifecycle to 2035’, a statement from the company said.

Improvements will include the introduction of a double-V hull, an enhancement developed by the company, as well as add-on armour protection and energy-attenuating seats. These modifications are set to provide users with enhanced protection against threats such as mine blasts and IEDs.

The addition of mobility system upgrades, such as a more powerful engine, more robust driveline and suspension, and a height management system (HMS), will improve the vehicle’s automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload capacity.

The 25mm turret will be improved by incorporating larger hatches, and its capabilities will be enhanced through the addition of technologies such as: improved fire control; thermal, day and low-light sights; and data displays.

‘Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best protection we can give them,’ said Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.

‘This contract will enhance the LAV III fleet's survivability, operational capability and long-term performance through the addition of cutting-edge technologies. It will also provide much-needed job stability throughout Canada's high-value defence sector.’

Work is expected to be completed by 2017, and will be performed by the company at its facilities in London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as by some 400 suppliers.

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