The Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project will procure 66 vehicles, which will be referred to as the Upgraded Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle, and will replace 70 per cent of the current Coyote fleet. The surveillance system will consist of electro-optic sensors for long-range day/night visibility, thermal imagery, range detection and the integration of radar. The Operator Control Station is envisaged as cutting-edge technology that will provide crew members with a digital human-machine interface to exploit battlefield sensors. The Upgraded Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles will be "dual capable," which means that sensors can be mounted on a vehicle's integrated and extendable mast or mounted on a tripod up to 200 metres away from the vehicle. The crew will also have the ability to conduct reconnaissance operations while on the move or in a silent watch mode.
The Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project has recently utilized an existing contract option in the Light Armoured Vehicle Upgrade Project's contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada to upgrade an additional 66 Light Armoured Vehicle III platforms, which will be purpose-built for their ground surveillance role. The upgraded Light Armoured Vehicle III platform will ensure the reconnaissance vehicle remains highly protected, operationally mobile, and tactically agile for the Land Forces domestic and expeditionary task forces. This $151-million (taxes included) contract amendment was announced by the Government of Canada on November 9, 2012.
On December 17, 2012, the Government of Canada awarded a $10.8-million (taxes included) contract to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada. This definition phase contract will include engineering studies, trials, integrated logistics, and a joint industry-Government of Canada-run competition to select and integrate a new state-of-the-art surveillance system onto the upgraded Light Armoured Vehicle platform. To ensure a fair competitive process, the contract includes provisions detailing General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada's responsibilities with respect to subcontracting and provides Canada with equal participation and approval of the competitive procurement process.
Following a successful definition phase, Canada will negotiate an implementation phase contract with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for the delivery of 66 Upgraded Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles.
The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to both the Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project and the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project, with the exception of the definition phases for both projects. The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy ensures that economic benefits flow to Canada as a result of defence procurements, which means that General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada will be required to re-invest 100 per cent of the contract value in business activities in the Canadian economy, further expanding the economic benefits of this procurement in regions across the country.
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