General Dynamics wins $308m contract to upgrade Canadian Army's LAV III vehicles


General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has secured a C$404m ($308m) contract to upgrade the Canadian Army's fleet of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III vehicles.

The contract requires the company to enhance the performance and survivability of 141 LAV III vehicles, while reducing maintenance costs.

The vehicles will be transformed into the new LAV 6.0 configuration, which features a double-V hull, on-board vetronics, and protection and mobility enhancements.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada vice-president Danny Deep said: "We are committed to delivering highly protected, flexible and capable vehicles to our soldiers and the LAV 6.0 provides the Canadian Army with best-in-class protection and mobility.

"This announcement is welcome news to the London area and to our suppliers across Canada, whose jobs will be sustained with this additional work."

"This announcement is welcome news to the London area and to our suppliers across Canada, whose jobs will be sustained with this additional work."

The Government of Canada had previously contracted General Dynamics to extend the service life of its 550 LAV III combat vehicles until 2035.

The LAV III vehicles are equipped with a range of weapons, ranging from small-calibre turrets to a 105mm gun for peace-keeping mission.

They also  feature a central driveline system, independent wheel suspension, amphibious capabilities, and large usable accommodation at the rear for weapon stations, equipment and troops.


Image: General Dynamics Land Systems to upgrade 141 LAV III vehicles for the Canadian Army. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.