General Dynamics gets $404M contract to upgrade LAV IIIs

February 14, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

LAV III light armoured vehicle made by General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada.
Photo: General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada

LONDON, Ont. — General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has been awarded a $404 million contract amendment by Ottawa to upgrade 141 light armoured vehicles (LAV III) for the Canadian Army.

The upgrades will enhance the performance and survivability of the LAV IIIs, designed and manufactured at the company’s London, Ont. plant.

The company said the program will deliver vehicles in the new 6.0 configuration, which is the result of lessons learned by the Canadian Army in Afghanistan.

Having a fleet of LAVs of largely the same configuration also reduces long-term maintenance costs.


The upgrades include the life-saving double-V hull, protection and mobility enhancements, onboard vetronics and capacity for future growth and modularity.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada was awarded a $1.064 billion contract in 2011 to incorporate an upgrade package into 550 of the Canadian Army’s fleet of LAV III combat vehicles and extend their life to 2035.

The contract sustains approximately 250  jobs in advanced manufacturing at the London plant.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is a designs, manufactures and supports light- and medium-armoured vehicles.


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