General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) has begun the production of first Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) for the Canadian Army at its manufacturing facilities in London, Ontario.
These new vehicles will fulfill a variety of combat support roles such as that of Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV), ambulance, electronic warfare, command post, engineering, and mobile repair and recovery.
The contract for the ACSV project was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada on September 5, 2019. The contract has a value of approximately $2 billion (taxes included) for 360 ACSV, initial spare parts, technical manuals, and training.
Since the contract award, a number of subcontracts have been awarded by General Dynamics to allow work to start. These subcontracts represent over $137 million in investments to more than 30 Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast, creating and sustaining over 400 jobs across the country.
The ACSV is based on the LAV 6.0 platform and will integrate with and support the existing LAV 6.0 platform currently in use by the CAF. This will provide a number of advantages including reduced training and sustainment costs, as well as the availability of common spare parts to fix vehicles quickly during operations.
The ACSV vehicles will be available in eight variants and will replace the current fleets of M113 Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle (TLAV) and the LAV II Bison. The current armoured support vehicles have already been reconfigured and life-extended.
The first vehicle is expected roll off the production line this December, with deliveries occurring through February 2025. Testing, training, and procurement of spare parts will be required before the initial vehicles are distributed to Canadian Armed Forces bases in 2022.
This fleet can be used in a wide variety of roles, such as part of Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe, or in the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to natural disasters in Canada.
“These vehicles will form the backbone of the Army’s combat support fleet, and be used on a wide range of operations including domestic disaster relief and international peace support missions. Thanks to the flexibility found in our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, work on the vehicles has started years earlier than expected and ensures that we continue to support well-paying Canadian jobs and critical innovation in communities across the country,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.
“Our government has ensured that this contract supports Canadian jobs and provides benefits to Canadian industry, including small and medium-sized businesses. Through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, this project will continue to strengthen key industrial capabilities that support the Canadian Armed Forces and help to keep Canada’s economy strong,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.