BAE Systems is partnering with ABB and Saab to bid for a $2 billion military ground vehicle program in Canada.
The bid for the Close Combat Vehicle program covers 108 vehicles with an option for 30 additional vehicles and is intended to create 50 jobs for ABB and sub-contractors located in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Saab announced Monday.
ABB Analytical will source, supply and produce the electro-optic control system for the partnership.
“In order to be ready for the start of the program, Saab has already transferred its technology to ABB creating opportunities, for the Canadian industry into major worldwide procurement programs, ” says Patrick Palmer, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Saab Technologies Canada.
Canada will award a contract for the program under the Industrial Regional Benefits initiative, which requires business activity in the Canadian economy to equal 100 percent of the contract value.
“The $2 billion IRB program requires 100 per cent 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,” said Mikael Segerman, director of sales in Canada for BAE Systems Hagglunds.