OTTAWA - The Canadian Forces finally announced it is cancelling a plan to spend $2.1 billion on new armoured vehicles.
The plan, conceived years ago during the height of the Afghan combat mission, was to purchase heavily armoured vehicles to provide better protection from IEDs. But with the combat mission over and military budgets facing cuts, many in the army concluded they'd rather keep and upgrade their existing vehicles.
"Significant capabilities improvements in the Canadian Army have mitigated the number of force protection concerns," General Tom Lawson told reporters Friday. "The capabilities of Upgraded Light Armoured Vehicles are far superior to what was originally envisioned."
Lawson added, "considerable investment in our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, better counter-IED strategies and tactics improvements means no "critical capabilities gap will remain."