Canada – Close Combat Vehicle – Backgrounder

The Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) will provide the Canadian Forces with a medium-weight armoured vehicle that is both very well protected and tactically (off-road) mobile.

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Unlike the other vehicles in the Family of Land Combat Vehicles, the CCV is not replacing a vehicle in the current Canadian Forces fleet. The CCV’s fundamental purpose is to bridge the gap between the current light (5-25 tonnes) and heavy armoured (45 tonnes +) vehicle fleets by providing the Canadian Army with an operational capability that can predominantly operate with the Main Battle Tanks and the other Canadian Forces armoured vehicles within a high-threat environment.

This vehicle’s protection and enhanced mobility and firepower will improve our troops’ survivability and combat effectiveness in executing the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) missions throughout the full spectrum of conflicts

The CCV project will involve the procurement of 108 CCV, to include Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Forward Observation Officer, Engineer Reconnaissance, and Tactical Command configurations. The project scope also includes the option to procure up to 30 additional vehicles, as well as the development and implementation of an in-service support contract.

Following the conclusion of a Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ), a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to the Pre-Qualified Bidders. There were no technically compliant bids received in response to the original RFP. A second RFP was issued to the five Pre-Qualified Bidders in April 2012 and will close in August 2012. Contract award is expected in 2013.

The Government of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits policy applies to this project, meaning that the winning company must generate economic activity in Canada, dollar for dollar equal to the contract value.

Department of National Defence, Canada