Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) has awarded two contracts to AxleTech International for the supply of independent suspension axle systems (ISAS) for its two armoured security vehicle (ASV) programmes.
Valued at a combined $25m, the contracts require the company to deliver its 4,000 and 5,000 series planetary ISAS for the Canadian tactical armoured patrol vehicles (TAPV) and Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle programme.
The company, a General Dynamics (GD) subsidiary, already supplies ISAS systems for the ANA programme.
AxleTech International vice-president and general manager, H.A.Graziano, said the advanced independent suspension system will deliver best-in-class mobility for the TAPV programme, especially in rugged terrain.
''We are pleased to continue our work with Textron Marine & Land Systems to provide field-proven axles, spares and other support for these important programmes,'' Graziano said.
Fitted with an optional central tire inflation capability, optional traction differentials and torque management technologies, and a range of brakes, flange and yoke options, AxleTech 4,000 and 5,000 series Planetary axles are designed for heavy duty applications where sustained higher vehicle speeds and longer operating distances are an integral requirement.
The company did not disclose the number of units ordered or the contract's delivery schedule.
Textron Systems Canada was selected as prime contractor of the $603.81m TAPV programme in June 2012, for delivery of around 500 vehicles to the Canadian Army, with an option for additional 100 vehicles.
The TAPV programme focuses on delivering a wheeled combat vehicle that will ensure the army remains capable of conducting effective training, supporting domestic operations and sustaining deployed forces as part of Canada's first defence strategy.
Based on the M1117 ASV, the vehicles are designed to replace Canadian Army's existing RG-31 mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle and supplement Coyote reconnaissance vehicles fleet.
Image: a depiction of the Textron's tactical armored patrol vehicle for the Canadian Army. Photo: courtesy of Textron Land & Marine Systems.