Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 22, 2012 16:34 ET

Renewal of Canadian Army a Win-Win for Troops and Canadian Workers

Workers in Kelowna Contributing to Government's Light Armoured Vehicle modernization

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) - Mr. Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced that ArmorWorks in Kelowna, British Columbia, will benefit from additional work created as a result of the Government of Canada's contract award to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) for the implementation phase of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III Upgrade Project.

"Today's announcement is welcome news for our Canadian Forces and the City of Kelowna," said Mr. Cannan. "Our Government is delivering results on its twin objectives of giving the Canadian Forces the tools they need, while creating approximately 35 jobs right here in the Okanagan."

Today's milestone is a result of the Government of Canada's announcement of a $1.064 billion contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) for the implementation phase of the LAV III Upgrade Project in October 2011. A $9.5 million sub-contract was awarded by GDLS-C to ArmorWorks, in Kelowna, British Columbia, for the production of seating and add-on armour for the Canadian Forces (CF) Light Armoured Vehicle III (LAV III).

"Our investments in renewing the Canadian Forces' capabilities on land, sea and air are building a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century - while supporting Canadian workers across the country," said Minister Fantino.

ArmorWorks will provide approximately 2000 driver, turret, and troop energy attenuating seats, which are designed to absorb the acceleration of the seat's occupant during a blast event. The company will also provide 100 vehicle armour sets, which will protect against small arms, as well as the fragmenting effects of Improvised Explosive Devices. The subcontract award announced today is expected to create 35 full and part time Canadian jobs in Kelowna, British Columbia.

"We welcome the addition of these ArmorWorks products to our vehicles which will help us to provide the best possible protection for the Canadian soldier," said Ken Yamashita, Manager of Corporate Affairs for General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. "We must always remember that soldiers entrust their lives to the quality of our vehicles."

The LAV III Upgrade Project, one of four Family of Land Combat Vehicle projects announced by the Government of Canada in July 2009, will upgrade the LAV III fleet by improving the protection, mobility, and tactical effectiveness of the LAV III platform.

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