Canadian suppliers provide parts for strike force vehicle

Vehicles to be used by the Afghan national army

March 13, 2012
by Purchasing b2b staff

OTTAWA: Textron Systems Canada Inc has awarded contracts to seven Canadian companies to support the manufacture of armoured vehicles. The suppliers will provide components for the Afghanistan national army mobile strike force vehicle (MSFV) program, for Textron’s TAPV vehicle. The total value of the contracts is over $10 million, and is with companies in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“We are fortunate to be working with such qualified partners and suppliers in Canada,” said Neil Rutter, general manager of Textron Systems Canada. “These contracts show the capability of the Canadian defence and security industry to meet the exacting standards expected by Textron.” The Canadian firms engaged with manufacturing and supplying the following components are:

  • Michelin North America (Waterville, NS)—specialized tires;
  • EODC (Ottawa, ON)—armoured vehicle belly plates;
  • General Dynamics Canada (Ottawa, ON)—display units;
  • General Kinetics (Brampton, ON)—shock absorbers;
  • Mobile Climate Control (Vaughn, ON)—HVAC components;
  • Ontario Drive & Gear (New Hamburg, ON)—transfer cases; and
  • Evraz Steel (Regina, SK)—armour steel.

Canadian-produced vehicle components will be integrated into more than 300 vehicles. Vehicle assembly is slated to continue into 2013.

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