Friday, 8 June 2012


It was announced today, June 8, 2012 that Textron had been chosen to fill Canada’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Program. The TAPV project will procure 500 vehicles with an option for an additional 100. They will replace the RG-31 Nyla and Coyote Reconnaissance Vehicle and will complement the G-Wagon.

  The Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, the RG-35, the Nexter Aravis, the Oshkosh M-ATV, the Rg-31Mk5 EM, the BAE Alligator 6x6 and the Textron-Cadillac Gage Mobile Survivable Vehicle (an upgraded version of the M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle) were all considered. Nexter and Bushmaster both withdrew from the competition. Both Textron Systems Canada Inc and Rheinmetall Canada completed the physical portion of the Canadian Forces TAPV competitive process.
 With up to 600 of these new ‘Cadillacs in service they will as common in the Canadian Armed Forces as the LAV III or the G-Wagen. It remains to be seen if the replaced RG-31 Nyalas and Coyotes will find their way into the hands of the reserve force.
  In rough, very rough, figures these new vehicles will cost more then a million dollars each to purchase and are expected to cost more then one hundred dollars a day to run. Just how expensive this is depends on your perspective. From the viewpoint of a taxpayer it seems like a great deal of money, if you’re under fire in a war zone it might seem like not nearly enough.

 DND and the government must be hoping that this announcement will go well and that there are no unforeseen developments. They desperately need to be seen to have run a successful program. At this point even one more public failure will just about guarantee that the DND looses all authority over these decisions.

More background information below;

  According to the DND website “the TAPV project will deliver a wheeled combat vehicle that will fulfill a wide variety of roles domestically and on the battlefield, including but not limited to reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, cargo, and armoured personnel carrier. It will have a high degree of tactical mobility and provide a very high degree of survivability to its crew.”

More from DND:

“TAPV Background
The mission of the Army is to generate and maintain combat-capable, multi-purpose land forces to meet Canada's defence objectives. Multi-purpose forces provide full spectrum capability, derived from a combination of integral complementary capabilities as well as the full integration of joint and coalition assets. Army capability is based on a range of leading edge technologies that provide lethality, deployability, mobility, agility survivability, and modularity. Analysis of the future security environment has led the Army to optimize its concepts, structures, equipment and training for adaptive dispersed operations, in a context of counter-insurgency operations, with the capacity to address all aspects of full spectrum operations. Lighter elements must exploit technology to achieve a high level of survivability and enhance responsiveness, deployability and mobility while potentially trading off a measure of protection and lethality compared to heavier systems.
A number of critical deficiencies have been identified within the current fleet of soft-skinned and older light armoured vehicles which are no longer capable of meeting today's and future requirements for mobility, ergonomics, information and intelligence sharing, and the ability to deliver integrated lethal and non-lethal effects. In addition, they fail to provide an adequate level of protection against current and emerging threats. While some success has been realized through extensive protection enhancements in mitigating the various threats, the vehicles have now reached their certified gross vehicle weight limits and therefore their potential for further upgrades. All these fleets are now either approaching or at their limits of viable economic and technical upgrade.
The TAPV is intended to overcome the aforementioned deficiencies in capabilities as well as fulfill future operational concept requirements. Changes in recent years to the threats facing the CF on operations have led to an increased attention on protection”

The Textron Systems announcement released today reads, in part:

“GAGETOWN CFB, NB – JUNE 8, 2012 — Textron Systems Canada Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has been selected by the Canadian government for the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program. The contract provides that the Textron TAPV Team, led by Textron Systems Canada, together with Textron Marine & Land Systems and Rheinmetall Canada, will manufacture 500 vehicles, with an option for up to 100 more.
The TAPV contract has a value of $603.4 million CAD; excluding government sales tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST), with an additional five-year in-service support contract of $105.4 million CAD, excluding GST/HST. The first vehicle is scheduled to be delivered to the Canadian Army in July 2014 and the last delivery is scheduled for March 2016.     
Ottawa-based Textron Systems Canada, as prime contractor, will provide overall TAPV program and configuration management, act as design authority for change management, coordinate vehicle integration activities by Canadian subcontractors, manage the In-Service Support contract, and implement the Industrial and Regional Benefits program.
“We are honoured that the Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services found our team and vehicle best suited to their needs for this important program,” said Textron Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Strader. “The Textron TAPV will provide the men and women of the Canadian Army a fully supportable tactical armoured vehicle platform that delivers outstanding performance in the world’s most challenging environments.”
Engineered over a five-year-period to meet and/or exceed Canada’s requirements, Textron’s TAPV is designed to be the most reliable and technologically advanced vehicle of its kind. It draws on the company’s more than 45 years of experience in the design and production of armoured vehicles. A technology readiness level 8 vehicle, the Textron TAPV has successfully completed extensive testing to confirm its ballistic, blast, mobility and reliability levels.
“The Textron TAPV will deliver an unmatched blend of survivability, crew protection, power, mobility and payload versatility,” explained Neil Rutter, general manager of Textron Systems Canada.  “Our program team is ready to move forward to produce this modern and upgradable 4 by 4 armoured vehicle, which will serve the Canadian Army extremely well for the next 25 years.”
The Canadian Textron TAPV team includes Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada (London, ON), Rheinmetall Canada (St. Jean sur Richelieu, P.Q.) and EODC – Engineering Office Deisenroth Canada (Ottawa, ON).  As the program is ramped up Canadian companies including Michelin (Waterville, NS), General Kinetics (Brampton, ON), Evraz North America (Regina, SK), SED Systems (Saskatoon, SK), Ontario Drive and Gear (New Hamburg, ON), Mobile Climate Control (Vaughan, ON) and many others from across Canada are expected to figure prominently in the Textron TAPV supply chain.
Textron currently employs more than 2,200 Canadians at its Textron Systems Canada, Bell Helicopter and Kautex facilities in Canada. Textron companies have procured approximately $450 million CAD in materials over the past year from Canadian supplier companies.”

Textron Systems MSV-Derived TAPV Specifications 

 Recce -  4  (driver, commander, gunner, operator )
 Utility – 10 (driver, commander, gunner,
up to 7 dismounts)
 Kongsberg M153 Protector RWS 
1x40mm AGL or 12.7mm HMG
    + 1 x 7.62mm C6 option
Length:  6.81 m, 
Width: 2.69 m, 
Height: 3.0 m
 (estimated and not counting the RWS )
Gross weight: 17 tonnes
365 hp Cummins QSL 8.9L   inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel
Allison MD3560 6-spd (+1 rev) automatic transmission
Max speed: 105 km/h (on road)
Cruising range: 644 km