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Canada to get New LAV August 20, 2019

The Canadian Government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. The Deal, which is worth 3 billion US Dollars for 360 LAV light armoured wheeled vehicle, was announced by the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday.

The deal aims to replace the already ageing LAV fleets. The Canadian Armed Forces use the LAV 6.0, which is the enhanced version of the LAV III. LAV 6.0’s are equipped with a 450 horsepower engine and better suspensions than its predecessors. The vehicle also features a fully digital electronic architecture with increased electrical generation and situational awareness, improved turret human factors and upgraded sight systems.

The LAV 6.0 saw its first operational deployment internationally in 2017 when it accompanied Canadian soldiers deployed in Latvia in support of Operation REASSURANCE.

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