Cambridge Firm Involved In Armed Forces Upgrade Contract
Jobs And Increased Safety And Fire Power For Canada
CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State * Science and Technology, FedDev and Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), today announced a significant subcontract that will play an important role in providing the Canadian Army with a new and improved fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles III.
Barrday, Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario, in association with Plasan Sasa Ltd., has been awarded this $6.0 million subcontract by General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada in support of the Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued support of our brave men and women in uniform and skilled Canadian workers – including right here in Cambridge,” said Minister Goodyear. “Our investments will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come.”
“Our investments in renewing the Canadian Armed Forces’ capabilities on land, sea and air are building a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century – while supporting Canadian workers across the country,” said Minister Valcourt.
The Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project, one of four Family of Land Combat Vehicle projects announced by the Government of Canada, will capitalize on exis
ting and evolving technology to improve the protection, mobility and lethality of the Light Armoured Vehicle III fleet. The project will modernize a portion of the existing fleet to ensure it remains a highly protected, operationally mobile and tactically agile combat vehicle that will remain the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces, extending the life span of the Light Armoured Vehicle III to 2035.
This subcontract is a result of the Government of Canada’s $1.064 billion contract award to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada in October 2011 for the delivery of 550 upgraded Light Armoured Vehicles and is a prime example of the high quality work Canadian industry
is carrying out as a result of the Government of Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits policy. The Government of Canada’s agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada commits the company to re-invest 100 per cent of the contract value in business activities in the Canadian economy, further expanding the economic benefits of this procurement in regions across the country.
“Our Government is leveraging large-scale investments and positioning Canadian industry to take advantage of not only current but emerging value chains,” said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. “The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy provides Canadian companies with access to lucrative business opportunities, ensuring that 100 per cent of contracts result in direct and indirect business activity in Canada.”
Barrday, Inc. will be providing ballistic fabric as part of the survivability component of the Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project. This fabric will be delivered to defence subcontractor Plasan Sasa Ltd., who will be providing the vehicle spall liner to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada. This advanced ballistic material will provide high levels of protection for the crew against improvised explosive devices, mine blasts, as well as kinetic and chemical energy threats.
“Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best vehicle we can give them,” said Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “The LAV III Upgrade Project will enhance the LAV III fleet's survivability, operational capability and long-term performance. With our Canadian design and manufacturing base and over 500 suppliers located in every province of Canada, we are proud to say that the best armoured vehicles in the world are made in Canada.”
The recent experiences of the Canadian Armed Forces and our allies in Afghanistan and other operational theatres continue to demonstrate the ongoing requirement for a highly protected, yet highly mobile Light-Armoured Vehicle. The use of mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and anti-armour weapons has become more prevalent, posing a greater risk to personnel.
The LAV III Upgrade project will capitalize on existing and evolving technology to improve the protection, mobility and lethality of the LAV III fleet. The project will modernize a portion of the existing LAV III fleet to ensure it remains a highly protected, operationally mobile and tactically agile combat vehicle that will remain the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces, extending the life span of the LAV III to 2035.
The following upgrades will be performed on the LAV III:
- Upgrade of mobility systems such as powertrain, suspension, running gear and brakes;
- Upgrade of the weapon system; and
- Installation of additional armour, heightening its protection against increased threats.
The LAV III Upgrade project will upgrade 550 vehicles with an option for an additional 80. Initial operational capability is scheduled for 2013.
In October 2011, the Government of Canada announced a $1.064 billion contract, awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS–C) of London, Ontario, for the implementation phase of the LAV III UP project. This phase consists of upgrades to the mobility systems, the weapon system, and installing additional armour and improved seating, strengthening its protection against increased threats.
On November 9, 2012, the Government of Canada announced that the contract is now being amended to exercise the option to upgrade 66 additional LAV IIIs at a value of $151 million (taxes included) to support the Canadian Armed Forces’ reconnaissance and surveillance capability.
* The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) and Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie).