Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

December 21, 2009 10:14 ET

Canadian Expertise to Help Support Military Vehicle Fleet

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, the Honourable Peter MacKay, today announced a contract award to DEW Engineering and Development ULC, of Ottawa, for Long Term Engineering and Support Services for the M113 family of vehicles.

"Canadian expertise is unparalleled and this Government is using that talent to deliver the best equipment for our Canadian Forces," said Minister Paradis. "Leveraging military procurement is just one of the ways we are creating high paying, long-term jobs for our tech and defence industries. It makes me proud to know that eight people have a secure income for at least the next four years."

The contract awarded to DEW Engineering and Development ULC consists of technical engineering and maintenance services, repair and overhaul services, the provision of spare parts, as well as the repair of battle-damaged vehicles, on an as-required basis, for the M113 family of vehicles. The contract, valued at $29.4 million, covers the period from December 2009 to March 2013, and includes two one-year options. An estimated eight jobs will be maintained, for a minimum of four years.

"This contract award reflects our government's determination to ensure that our men and women in uniform have what is necessary to do the job we ask of them," said Minister MacKay. "These vehicles are an important capability to our soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, providing them with added security and safety."

The M113 vehicle is an armoured personnel carrier that provides combat support and combat service support variants for the Canadian Forces and the Army. These vehicles are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Under the M113 Life Extension Project, a number of vehicles were upgraded to increase their capacity and mobility, new engines, transmissions and add-on armour. These upgrades greatly enhance the protection these vehicles provide to deployed soldiers, and will extend the life of the fleet beyond 2020.

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Contact Information

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante, Press Secretary
    819-956-5325 or Mobile: 613-218-6961
    Mary-Ann.Dewey-Plante@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister MacKay
    Jay Paxton
    Press Secretary
    613-996-3100
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    819-956-2315
    or
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    613-996-2353/2354