Thales Canada and DEW Team to Provide Bushmaster for TAPV

Thales Canada is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive teaming agreement with DEW Engineering and Development ULC on the assembly of the Bushmaster for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) Program in Canada. This agreement forms a strategic alliance between two Canadian based companies for the provision of the best solution for the TAPV program, a program that will supply the Canadian Army with up to 600 armoured patrol vehicles.

Bushmaster – Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV)
Source: Thales

”The Bushmaster is a combat proven vehicle serving with distinction with our Allies in Afghanistan today and the vehicle we know the Canadian military needs to meet its mission requirements today and over the next two decades and beyond,” said Paul Kahn, Thales Canada President and CEO. “DEW Engineering and Development is an integral member of the TAPV Bushmaster team and brings unique expertise and a strong Canadian workforce in the armour vehicle field, a workforce that will become integral to the Thales Global Supply Chain for years to come.”

With over 680 Bushmaster vehicles already in-service with the forces of Australia, the Netherlands and other NATO Allies, Thales has a fully developed, independently tested and combat proven vehicle that is ideal for the Canadian TAPV program.The Bushmaster is a highly mobile vehicle with outstanding ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blast resistant characteristics that has been proven repeatedly in combat to save lives.

The soldier comes first throughout the entire design of the Bushmaster. Ensuring they are fit to do their tasks at all times and safe from all threats along the way. The vehicle can be fitted for seating for up to 10 soldiers, including the driver, with fully supportive, energy absorbing seating in a fully air-conditioned environment.

The Bushmaster family of protected mobility vehicles includes patrol, command, ambulance, surveillance & target acquisition, direct fire support weapons and mortar vehicle variants and provides solutions for a wide variety of mission roles and applications including logistical support.

The base vehicle will be offered with various weapon systems, such as a remote weapons station, sighting and vision systems as well integrated electronic architectures and C4I options to enhance the vehicle mission performance.

“DEW Engineering and Development is excited about partnering with Thales in offering the Bushmaster vehicle for the TAPV program, in all my years in the armoured vehicle business I have never seen a vehicle of this caliber.” added Tim Dear, President of DEW Engineering and Development. “This will be the combat vehicle that the Canadian worker will proudly say ‘I helped build that and it’s for my Army,’ and the Bushmaster will bring lasting economic benefits to Canada not only through the TAPV program but on potential future export sales of the vehicle.

The Canadian Military has defined the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program as a general utility combat vehicle that will need to fulfill a variety of roles on the battlefield, such as reconnaissance and surveillance, command and control, cargo, and infantry section carrier. The vehicle will replace the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (APV), the Coyote LAV 2 and will complement the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW).

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace and Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2009, the company generated revenues of 12.9 billion euros (equivalent of $20.4 billion CAD) with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.

Thales Canada has 1500 employees in Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver working in Defence and security, Aerospace and Transportation. Sales across Thales operations in Canada exceeded $540 million (CAD) for 2009, to a range of customers including urban rail service providers, civil aviation companies, and military and security agencies.

About DEW

Founded in 1978, DEW Engineering and Development ULC is a wholly owned subsidiary of CoorsTek of Golden, Colorado and organized in two geographic areas employing over 400 people with the main plant and headquarters in Ottawa (125,000 square feet of manufacturing) and a manufacturing organization in Miramichi, New Brunswick (90,000 square feet of manufacturing).

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