LONDON, Ont.—General Dynamics Land Systems Canada has won a $287-million contract to outfit 66 upgraded light armoured vehicles (LAVs) used by the Canadian military with new reconnaissance and surveillance systems.
Announced by Diane Finley, minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and local MP Susan Truppe, the contract will see General Dynamics’ London, Ont., team upgrade the LAVs to a system that includes integrated radar sensors and new infra-red equipment.
According to PWGSC, the upgraded equipment will mean soldiers no longer have to leave the LAVs to use the radar equipment.
Upgrades will also be made to the vehicle’s firepower and mobility, according to the government department.
“The contributions of our military forces are always a source of pride for Canadians,” Finley said in a statement. “It is fitting, I think, to know that the contract … will result in enhancements that will help protect the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.”
The contract will help maintain 60 full-time positions at General Dynamics, mainly at its London facility.
Canada has more than 650 firms that provide defence goods and services, generating $9.4 billion in revenue, according to PWGSC.
The industry has an estimated $6-billion impact on the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 64,000 people.