Canada testing Oshkosh vehicle

Aug. 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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OSHKOSH, Wis., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The Canadian Department of National Defense will soon begin testing Oshkosh Defense's submission for its Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle program.

Oshkosh's candidate, based on the company's Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle platform, was delivered Tuesday to the Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, where the mobility, survivability and weapons testing will be conducted.

"Today, Oshkosh has delivered the best solution for the TAPV program including the most advanced military vehicle technologies and the finest Canadian-based sustainment services for the DND," said Serge Buchakjian, senior vice president and general manager of International Programs for Oshkosh Defense. "Our TAPV is a fully integrated vehicle that is customized to the Canadian Force's specific requirements, offering them the best-value solution.

"With our partners at General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada and Oshkosh Corporation's London Machinery, Inc., we can produce the vehicle in a way that creates considerable benefits for the Canadian economy for the next 25 years."

The TAPV is intended to replace the Armored Patrol Vehicle and the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle.

In independent testing conducted to date, the Oshkosh TAPV has undergone on- and off-road durability validation, successfully met ballistic and other survivability threat requirements and completed extensive live-fire demonstrations of the fully integrated, dual Remote Weapon Station.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada will provide in-country support and system integration for the vehicle. LMI will contribute local advanced manufacturing capabilities to assemble the vehicle and conduct sub-system integration and final acceptance testing.

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