Saab has partnered with BAE Systems to submit a competitive bid for the Canadian Department of National Defence's (DND) multi-billion dollar close combat vehicle (CCV) programme.
Covering a total of 108 vehicles, the bid also includes an option for the acquisition of an additional 30 vehicles, majority of which are scheduled to be manufactured in Canada through the government's industrial regional benefits (IRB) programme, which seeks business activity in the Canadian economy equal to 100% of the contract value.
Saab has already selected ABB Analytical for sourcing, supply and production of an electro-optic (EO) control system for the vehicles.
Saab Technologies Canada sales and marketing executive vice-president Patrick Palmer said: "With the CCV programme, Saab is continuing to grow and invest in Canada, and in order to be ready for the start of the programme, Saab has already transferred its technology to ABB creating opportunities for the Canadian industry into major worldwide procurement programmes.''
ABB Analytical Measurements remote sensing industry director Marc-Andre Soucy said the Saab model ensures job maintenance for engineering and technical staff, in addition to the creation of new jobs.
''Producing in Canada will provide stability to the site and will allow ABB Analytical Measurements to increase its contribution to the local aerospace sector in the province of Quebec, Canada," Soucy said.
Valued at $2bn, the CCV programme seeks to develop and supply high survival medium weight vehicles to help the Canadian Army bridge the gap between the light armoured vehicles III (LAV III) and the Leopard 2 main battle tanks.
BAE Systems Hagglunds Canada sales director lieutenant colonel Mikael Segerman said: "The $2 billion IRB programme requires 100% Canadian content, and some 50 Canadian companies from coast to coast are expected to be part of the BAE Systems team and technology transfer during acquisition and the in-service support phase delivers a significant number of high quality jobs for Canada.''
Image: The close combat vehicle programme aims to help Canadian Army bridge the gap between the LAV III vehicles and Leopard 2 tanks. Photo: courtesy of Helene Samson.