A local armour manufacturer will help the Canadian Armed Forces upgrade some of its equipment after being awarded a subcontract worth $3.75 million.
A Canadian light-armoured vehicle on operations in Afghanistan. (Photo courtesy of the Department of National Defence)
EODC Inc. will provide armour modules for the federal government’s Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project.
The contract was awarded by a division of General Dynamics that won the initial contract from the federal government, and will sustain 60 jobs at EODC’s local facility, according to a press release.
“Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best vehicle we can give them,” stated Danny Deep, vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada.
“With our Canadian design and manufacturing base and over 500 suppliers located in every province of Canada, we are proud to say that the best armoured vehicles in the world are made in Canada.”
The vehicle upgrade project will modernize 550 vehicles with an option for an additional 80. Upgrades will include changes to mobility systems such as the powertrain, suspension, running gear, brakes and weapon system, as well as the installation of additional armour.
The modernized fleet is expected to be fully operational by 2018 and should extend the lifespan of the vehicles to 2035.
In October 2011, the federal government announced a $1.06 billion contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada in London, Ont. to implement the upgrade project.
EODC’s armour will help protect the vehicles against ballistic threats and improvised explosive devices.
The Ottawa-based company is a subsidiary of IBD Deisenroth Engineering, an international survivability systems provider.