Canada – Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III Upgrade Project

The recent experiences of the Canadian Forces and other nations in Afghanistan and other areas of operation continue to demonstrate the ongoing requirement for a highly protected, yet highly mobile Light-Armoured Vehicle.

The LAV III Upgrade project capitalizes on existing and evolving technology and improves the protection, mobility and effectiveness of the LAV III fleet. The project modernizes a portion of the existing LAV III fleet to ensure it remains a highly protected and operationally mobile combat vehicle and the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces. This project extends the life span of the LAV III to 2035.

The following upgrades will be performed on the LAV III:

  • Upgrade of mobility systems such as powertrain, suspension, running gear and brakes;
  • Upgrade of the weapon system;
  • Installation of additional armour, heightening its protection against increased threats; and
  • Improved crew ergonomics.

The LAV III Upgrade project upgrades 550 vehicles with an option for an additional 80.

The project is now in the definition phase, which will determine the scope of the work required to upgrade the vehicle. General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada (GDLS-C), the original equipment manufacturer, was awarded a $34 million contract for this definition phase. Under this contract, GDLS-C will build Risk Reduction Units (RRUs), which are LAV IIIs fitted with the various planned upgrades. These RRUs will be tested and evaluated later this year.

Following the Definition Phase, a contract will be awarded for the implementation of the upgrades. The implementation work is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

Department of National Defence, Kanada