The Canadian Army has received the first six tactical armoured patrol vehicle (TAPV) from Textron Systems Canada, as part of efforts by the government to ensure the country’s soldiers have the right equipment to succeed at operations.
In June 2012, the Canadian Government selected Textron Systems Canada as the prime contractor for the C$603.4m worth TAPV programme.
Along with Rheinmetall Canada, Textron will manufacture and supply a total of 500 vehicles, with an option for up to 100 additional vehicles.
Final delivery is expected in December 2017.
The contract also includes an additional CAD$105.4m award for five-year in-service support services.
The Canadian Army will distribute the TAPV fleet across seven Canadian bases.
In order to start the first iteration of training on the new vehicle, the first vehicles have already been fielded to the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown and the 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.
Textron Systems Land Systems vice-president Richard Valenti said “We believe the TAPV is the most mobile, survivable and reliable armoured vehicle in the world today.
“We are excited to start these deliveries to the Canadian Army and support the programme through operational capability and beyond.”
The TAPV is a 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicle that will partially replace the army’s Coyote light armoured vehicle, completely replace the armoured patrol vehicle RG-31 and complement the light utility vehicle wheeled.
Specifically engineered and designed to provide survivability, mobility and versatility over a variety of battlefield roles, the vehicle safeguards troops from ballistics and roadside blasts, as well as provides large power reserves for future electronics enhancements.
Expected to achieve full operational capability by mid-2020, the TAPV conducted more than 4,700 hours of remote weapons station usage, including 1,650 hours of silent watch operations during a reliability, availability, maintainability and durability (RAMD) test programme.
The TAPV team is primarily comprised of Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada, Rheinmetall Canada and Engineering Office Deisenroth Canada (EODC).