Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino announced today that Textron Systems Canada Inc. has been selected to supply 500 vehicles for Regular and Reserve Forces.
"Our investments in the Canadian Army now will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for decades to come." said the Associate Minister Fantino.
"The Army is very focused on providing troops with the equipment they need for future combat missions. These vehicles help ensure that Canadian soldiers are ready for the battlefields of tomorrow," said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of the Canadian Army.
The TAPV project is one of four Family of Land Combat Vehicles (FLCV) projects announced in July 2009, which seek to modernize the existing fleet-a key step in the implementation of the Canada First Defence Strategy.
All major Canadian Army bases and training areas will be receiving vehicles from the TAPV project.
The Canadian Army will acquire two variants of this vehicle: a reconnaissance variant and a general utility variant. One hundred and ninety-three reconnaissance variant vehicles will replace the Coyote. The remaining 307 vehicles will serve as new armoured personnel carriers, equipped with Remote Weapon Stations.
Vehicles will begin arriving on bases in 2014, with Full Operational Capability expected by 2016.
Highlights of the TAPV:
- 4A/3B blast level, equivalent to LAV III upgrade armour
- Level 3 ballistic protection, able to repel 7.62 armour-piercing rounds
- Meets Canadian IED standard
- Infrared sensors for unimpeded vision in day, night or poor weather conditions
- Able to fire at both stationary and moving targets
- Growth potential of 2000 kg for stowage, armament or troop transport
- Four TAPVs can be transported in the same C17