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First upgraded LAV III unveiled

The $1.064-billion contract for 550 upgraded vehicles awarded to GDLS-C


OTTAWA, ON—The first upgraded Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III was unveiled by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) at its facility in London, Ontario.

The LAV III, an armoured personnel carrier. The $1.064-billion contract for 550 upgraded LAV IIIs was awarded to GDLS-C in October 2011. And, in November 2012, the government exercised its option to purchase a further 66 LAV IIIs at a cost of $151 million, bringing the total number of vehicles to 616.

The LAV III project introduces new technology to improve parts of the vehicle that experience heavy strain and to better prepare it for future threats. Protection, mobility and fire power will be improved in the 616 LAV IIIs, extending their lifespan into the 2030s.

The development of the LAV III is part of the project to acquire the next generation of land combat vehicles announced in July 2009. The next milestone in the LAV III project will be the testing of the new vehicles.