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Canada Negotiates Contract for New LAVs

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced that the government is in the final stages of contract negotiations with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) to acquire 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV). Funds for the purchase are in the approved budget for Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Government of Canada also intends to provide a repayable loan to GDLS-C.

To maximize the economic benefits of this project for Canadians, the supplier will reinvest an amount equal to the value of this contract – dollar-for-dollar – back into the Canadian economy to create jobs and opportunities for innovation. In addition to the almost 1,650 jobs at the General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) plant in London, there are close to 8,500 jobs across Canada that help to supply necessary parts and equipment for the construction of light armoured vehicles.

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.

The LAV is essential to the Army’s combat fleet, and supports our women and men in uniform on a range of operations including domestic disaster relief during the widespread flooding experienced in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario and overseas peace support missions.

The LAV is a tested and proven platform that meets Canada’s Army needs. Having similar combat support vehicles in the Canadian Armed Forces fleet will offer a number of operational advantages, including reduced training and sustainment costs, as well as the availability of common spare parts to fix vehicles quickly during critical operations.

The current fleet of armoured support vehicles is comprised of the LAV II Bison and the M113 Tracked LAV.

Minister Sajjan stated, “The LAV is the backbone of the Army’s combat fleet, and supports our women and men in uniform on a range of operations from domestic disaster relief such as Operation LENTUS to overseas peace support missions. I am pleased to be moving forward with the strengthening of our fleet of armoured combat support vehicles as committed to in our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, while at the same time supporting Canadian jobs and innovation through our partnership with GDLS-C.”

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