IMP Electronic Systems to support Canadian LAV III upgrade programme


Piranha III LAV

IMP Electronic Systems has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) to serve as a subcontractor for the Canadian Army's light-armoured vehicle III (LAV III) upgrade programme.

Valued at $2.74m, the award forms part of the original C$1.06bn ($1.05bn) contract secured by GDLS-C for modernisation of a total of 550 LAV III vehicles in October 2011, with an option for additional 80 vehicles.

Under the contract, IMP will manufacture and supply cable and wiring harnesses that will be integrated into the LAV III chassis to power various vehicle subsystems.

Commenting on the contract, Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay said the award demonstrates the Department of National Defence's (DND) continued support for the Canadian soldiers and workers across the country.

"Our investments will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come," McKay said.

"Our investments will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come."

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada vice president Danny Deep said: "The LAV III upgrade project will enhance the LAV III fleet's survivability, operational capability and long-term performance.''

IMP has been supporting GDLS-C for the past 15 years, and also supplied cables for use on the original LAV armoured personnel carrier (APC) as part of a contract it received in 1996.

GDLS-C also secured a C$133.5m ($133.25m) contract modification for upgrade of additional 66 LAV III combat vehicles in November 2012.

The vehicle's survivability, mobility and efficiency are to be enhanced in the LAV III upgrade project, with the aim to eventually extend the fleet's service life to 2035.

Based on the MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8x8 vehicle, around 651 LAV III units are currently operational with the Canadian Army as the primary mechanised infantry vehicles.


Image: The LAV III is a derivative of MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8x8 armoured wheeled vehicle. Photo: file image.