The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle is a wheeled combat vehicle that can fulfill a variety of roles on the battlefield, such as reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, cargo and armoured personnel carrier. The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle will provide a very high degree of protection to the crew while remaining highly mobile. It is designed to tackle tough terrain, providing troops with a cross-country capability, and a greater flexibility in choosing routes.
The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle will replace the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (RG-31), the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle (LAV 2) and will complement the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (G-Wagon).
There will be two variants of vehicles procured under this project. The first is the reconnaissance variant, which will replace the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle. The reconnaissance variant will have a crew of three and seating for an additional equipped passenger. The second variant, the general utility vehicle, will have a crew of three and seating for an additional three equipped passengers. Both vehicles will be equipped with a Remote Weapon Station.
On June 8, 2012, the Government of Canada announced two competitively awarded contracts to Textron Systems Canada Inc., of Ottawa, Ontario, for the acquisition of 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles for the Canadian Army, and for associated long-term support. The acquisition contract, valued at $603.3 million (excluding GST/HST), includes both configurations of the vehicle, as well as associated equipment. The support contract, valued at $105.4 million (excluding GST/HST), includes the deliverables necessary to establish and conduct the long-term support for the fleet for five years following the last vehicle delivery.
First deliveries of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle are expected in 2014. Full Operational Capability is expected in 2016.
The Government of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits policy applies to this procurement, which means the winning company must generate economic activity in Canada, dollar for dollar equal to the contract value.