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General Dynamics to upgrade Canadian Army's LAV III vehicles

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Canadian Army's LAV III (light armoured vehicle). Photo: Canadian Army.

CANADA (BNS): The Government of Canada has awarded a contract valued at C$1.064 billion (USD 1.052 billion) to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to incorporate a comprehensive upgrade package into the Canadian Army's fleet of LAV III combat vehicles.

The LAV III Upgrade Project will modernise 550 vehicles, significantly enhancing their survivability, mobility and firepower and extending the fleet's lifecycle to 2035, according to a news release by the General Dynamics.

Survivability upgrades will include the introduction of double-V-hull technology, an innovative enhancement developed by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada engineers, as well as add-on armour protection and energy-attenuating seats.

Together, these improvements will provide crew members greater protection against mine blasts, IEDs and other threats.

"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," Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, was quoted as saying in the news release.

The LAV III's automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload capacity will be optimised by the addition of mobility system upgrades such as a more powerful engine, more robust driveline and suspension, and a height management system (HMS).

The 25mm turret's crew ergonomics will be improved by incorporating larger hatches, and its capabilities will be enhanced by the addition of the latest technologies, including improved fire control, thermal, day and low-light sights, and data displays.

Work will be performed at General Dynamics' facilities in London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as the company's nationwide network of over 400 Canadian suppliers. All regions of Canada will benefit from this work, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

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