The Canadian Government has chosen the Thales Bushmaster family of protected vehicles for the next stage in the selection process for the tactical armoured patrol vehicle (TAPV) programme.

Thales Canada president and CEO Paul Kahn said the highly mobile vehicle, with its ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blast-resistant characteristics was capable of saving lives.

The vehicle can be used for a variety of mission roles including patrol, command, ambulance, surveillance and target acquisition, direct fire support weapons, mortar vehicle variants and logistical support.

The base vehicle will consist of a remote weapons station, sighting and vision systems, integrated electronic architectures and C4I options to enhance the vehicle mission performance.

The patrol vehicle will be presented for army testing in 2011.