The Canadian Army will receive long-term engineering and support services for the M113 family of vehicles under a contract awarded to DEW Engineering.

Under the C$29.4m (US$27.8m) contract, DEW Engineering will provide technical engineering and maintenance services, repair and overhaul services, repair of battle-damaged vehicles, and supply of spare and repair parts for the M113 family of vehicles.

The upgrades to be carried between December 2009 and March 2013, and will enhance the protection levels of the vehicles and will extend the life of the fleet beyond 2020.

The contract is part of the army’s the M113 life-extension project and includes two one-year options.

Currently deployed in Afghanistan, the M113 vehicle is an armoured personnel carrier that provides combat support and combat service support variants for the Canadian Army.