Ambrose unveils $151M army boost

General Dynamics Land Systems at plants in Edmonton and London, Ont. will carry out the work on the...

General Dynamics Land Systems at plants in Edmonton and London, Ont. will carry out the work on the vehicles - which should extend each LAV's lifespan to 2035.

ANGELIQUE RODRIGUES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

EDMONTON - Canadian troops will get a $151-million boost to beef up over 60 light armoured vehicles, announced MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove Rona Ambrose.

The federal government will spend the large sum upgrading 66 LAV IIIs to make them tougher on the battlefield, say officials.

It’s part of a $1.06-billion contract intended to overhaul 550 of the Canadian Forces’ most common vehicle.

“This announcement is positive news for our Canadian Armed Forces, for Canadian workers, and for our economy,” said Ambrose Friday. “This work will help to protect our women and men in uniform in land combat vehicles.”

The contract was worked out in October of last year, but this month the federal government has awarded the additional $151 million.

New mobility systems and upgraded weaponry will help support the troops reconnaissance and surveillance capability, said Ambrose.

General Dynamics Land Systems at plants in Edmonton and London, Ont. will carry out the work on the vehicles - which should extend each LAV’s lifespan to 2035.

According to the Public Works Minister, the extended LAV contract will secure jobs for those working at the two General Dynamics plants.

“This contract amendment will help sustain up to 110 jobs in Edmonton,” she said.

Officials consider the LAV III — which can carry troops and weapon systems — the backbone of the Canadian Army.

The installation of additional armour will also make the vehicles better able to withstand major threats like roadside bombs, she said.

angelique.rodrigues@sunmedia.ca


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