Ottawa company lands $1.25B armored vehicle contract to supply 500 Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles to Canadian Forces.

Textron Systems Canada Inc. Textron Systems Canada Inc. will supply…

Textron Systems Canada Inc.

Textron Systems Canada Inc. will supply 500 vehicles to the Canadian Forces, with the option for another 100, said Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, the Conservative MP for Fredericton, and Julian Fantino, the associate minister of national defence.

The first tactical vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2014, they told the crowd gathered at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto.

The fleet is scheduled to be fully operational in 2016.The federal government says jobs will be created across Canada for skilled workers to build the patrol vehicles.
Improved protection for soldiers

The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) is an updated model of the one Textron’s parent company currently produces for the American military.

The TAPV is specifically designed to protect soldiers from land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) — major causes of death for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

Source: CBC News

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