General Dynamics‘ land-systems Canada business has won a $1 billion contract from the Canadian government to incorporate and upgrade the Canadian army’s fleet of LAV III combat vehicles. The LAV III upgrade project aims to modernize 550 vehicles with mobility, survivability and firepower capabilities and potentially extend the fleet’s life-cycle to 2035.
General Dynamics will provide double-V-hull technology and add-on armor protection and energy attentuating seats. The company will also upgrade the LAV III’s automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload capacity.
“Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best protection we can give them,” said Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “This contract will enhance the LAV III fleet’s survivability, operational capability and long-term performance through the addition of cutting-edge technologies. It will also provide much-needed job stability throughout Canada’s high-value defense sector.”