GATINEAU, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), today announced more support for the Canadian Armed Forces through a $10.8-million (taxes included) definition phase contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project.
"This announcement is good news for our Canadian Armed Forces, for Canadian workers, and for the Canadian economy," said Minister Ambrose. "In turn, this upgrade will help to protect our women and men in uniform while they are working in land combat vehicles."
"Our Government is delivering on its commitment under the Canada First Defence Strategy by giving our troops the tools they need, while benefitting Canadian industry," said Minister Valcourt. "Through this investment for our soldiers, our Government is contributing to the economic health of communities and industries across Canada."
On November 9, 2012, the Government of Canada announced a contract amendment to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the upgrade of 66 additional Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) IIIs under the LAV III Upgrade implementation phase contract to support the Canadian Forces' reconnaissance and surveillance capability.
Under this definition phase contract for the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project, General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada will define, analyse and select an enhanced surveillance suite for integration onto the LAV III Upgrade vehicle.
Following the successful completion of the definition phase contract, Canada will negotiate an implementation phase contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the delivery of 66 Upgraded Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles, which will be fully integrated onto the upgraded Light Armoured Vehicle platforms.
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Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project
The current Coyote reconnaissance fleet is a one-of-a-kind system designed and deployed in the early 1990s that is facing serious obsolescence issues. The Coyote has formed the backbone of the Land Force reconnaissance and surveillance capability and has been deployed on every major Canadian Armed Forces operation, both in Canada and overseas. The conflict in Afghanistan has reconfirmed that modern operations are complex and dangerous, characterized by larger areas of responsibility that necessitate greater surveillance capabilities, increased speed of action and more effective transfer of information to build and maintain situational awareness with respect to enemy locations and intentions. Aging technologies, growing obsolescence and susceptibility to battlefield damage have emphasized an immediate need to take advantage of improved technologies so that the Canadian Armed Forces are able to maintain a credible and relevant ground surveillance capability during future operations.
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