OTTAWA --- The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence, with Lieutenant-General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Land Staff, announced today that the Government of Canada has approved the acquisition of a mobile gun system for the Canadian Forces.
“The acquisition of a mobile gun system is an important project that will take Canada’s Army further down the path of transformation,” said Minister McCallum. “It is part of our commitment to modernize the Canadian Forces by re-investing in capital projects that provide the capabilities Canada needs in the emerging international security environment.”
A mobile gun system will provide the Army with a direct-fire capability consistent with its vision to transform into a medium-weight, information age force as outlined in the Army Strategy.
“Transformation is our means of implementing the Army Strategy and our soldiers will see concrete evidence that we are moving forward—with real, state of the art kit and real, positive change,” said Lieutenant-General Rick Hillier. “A mobile gun system is the right vehicle for Canada’s Army and will provide an excellent capability on Canadian Forces operations.”
Acquisition of a mobile gun system will allow us to replace the current fleet of Leopard tanks and continue to maintain direct fire capability.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, the contracting authority, is currently working with the Department of National Defence and Treasury Board to determine the appropriate procurement process.
Funding for this initiative is built into the existing fiscal framework
Minister o National Defence Announces Acquisition of a Mobile Gun System