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Canada begins production of its own armoured combat support vehicle

LONDON, ONTARIO (BM) – The Government of Canada, in a special press release today, announced the launch of an ambitious project to produce a home armored combat vehicle with a financial framework of 137 million dollars, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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As stated in the press release, armored combat auxiliary vehicles [or abbreviated ACSV – ed.] Will have the functional purpose to perform various combat activities during battle, and not only, and will often take on the role of ambulance, command post, or engineering mobile repair room.

The main executor of the contract will be the Canadian division of General Dynamics, which has known about the contract since last September and was waiting for its award.

The Government of Canada emphasizes a serious economic fact, as a result of the already started production – expects such an investment to provide additional jobs, to support approximately 30 local businesses, and General Dynamics to provide an investment equal to the value of the contract.

According to the expectations of a number of analysts, the first new Canadian armored vehicle will come off the assembly line at the end of this year, and by 2025 deliveries of the ordered quantities will be made.

Training courses and a procedure for the production and purchase of spare parts are provided, so that when the first vehicles are delivered to the Canadian Army in 2022, no logistical and production surprises are expected, which in one way or another disrupts the planned production cycle.

According to Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence of Canada “these vehicles will form the backbone of the Army’s combat support fleet, and be used on a wide range of operations including domestic disaster relief and international peace support missions. Thanks to the flexibility found in our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, work on the vehicles has started years earlier than expected and ensures that we continue to support well-paying Canadian jobs and critical innovation in communities across the country.”

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The Canadian Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains said that the “government has ensured that this contract supports Canadian jobs and provides benefits to Canadian industry, including small and medium-sized businesses. Through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, this project will continue to strengthen key industrial capabilities that support the Canadian Armed Forces and help to keep Canada’s economy strong.”

Quick facts

The current fleet of armoured support vehicles is comprised of the LAV II Bison and the M113 Tracked LAV, which have already been reconfigured and life-extended.

A contract was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada on September 5, 2019. This contract has a value of approximately $2 billion (taxes included) for 360 ACSV, initial spare parts, technical manuals, and training.

Subcontracts have been awarded to companies in seven provinces, and vary in value from $38,800 to $24,000,000. Key investments include:

  • $335,000 in Atlantic Canada to companies like L & A Metalworks Inc. and IMP Group Limited
  • $26,000,000 in Quebec to companies like Terminal & Cable TC Inc. and Thales Canada Inc. Optronics BU
  • $89,000,000 in Ontario to companies like Abuma Manufacturing Limited, Cornell Welding & Fabricating Ltd., and J/E Bearing & Machine Ltd.
  • $20,000,000 in Western Canada to companies like Analytic Systems Inc. and JNE Welding

The CAF’s Armoured Combat Support Vehicles will be available in eight variants, providing services such as: ambulances, vehicle recovery, engineering, mobile repair, electronic warfare, troop carrying, and command posts.

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