Enhancements on the way for some of the LAV III fleet

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The Department of National Defence is investing $404M to upgrade the chassis (hull) of 141 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs). The Canadian Army’s state-of-the-art LAVs are used to transport Canadian infantry on the battlefield while providing defensive protection and firepower.

The experiences of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and its allies in Afghanistan and other areas of operation continue to demonstrate the ongoing need for a highly protected, yet highly mobile Light Armoured Vehicle.

“The Light Armoured Vehicle Upgrade project will help to ensure that the Canadian Army is well-equipped and able to succeed at operations at home and abroad,” said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan. “LAVs have played a key role in operations such as in Afghanistan and they will continue to do so for years to come.”

The project will modernize a portion of the existing LAV III fleet to ensure it remains the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces. It will also extend the life span of the LAV to 2035. Since 2011, 409 vehicles have been upgraded.

Turret and chassis (hull) enhancements to the LAVs include:

• An upgrade of the LAV’s mobility systems such as the power train, suspension, running gear and brakes (chassis);
• The installation of additional protection, improving its survivability against increased threats (chassis);
• Improved crew ergonomics (turret and chassis);
• Improved command support with the integration of systems to provide for consolidated information and rapid execution of decisions to improve mission effectiveness (turret); and
• An upgrade of various components of the sighting system (turret).

The LAV III Upgrade Project, originally announced in 2009, aims to modernize the existing LAV III fleet.

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