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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