General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (Hall 6, Stand B151) is showing its latest Light Armoured Vehicle Demonstrator for the first time, which builds on more than 10 years of operational experience and more than 100 million kilometres of travel with the LAV.
The LAV Demonstrator is based on the latest Canadian Army LAV 6.00 (8x8), which is currently in production and has a host of improvements including the latest blast-deflecting double V-hull, special blast attenuating seats for the crew and dismounts, and a passive appliqué armour system.
This package is claimed to provide the occupants with a high level of protection from small arms fire, heavy machine gun (MG) fire, shell splinters, mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
It also has a more streamlined all-welded steel hull with integrated driving lights at the front and a slightly raised roof line at the rear for greater internal volume.
The LAV Demonstrator has sixth-generation suspension for improved cross-country performance and a better ride for the crew of three plus seven dismounts. The powerpack consists of a new high-performance Caterpillar C9 diesel developing 450hp coupled to a ZF7HP902 automatic transmission. Gross vehicle weight is 28.636 tonnes. The LAV Demonstrator here is fitted with the Norwegian Kongsberg Protector remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a stabilised ATK Armament Systems 30mm MK44 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm MG coupled to a computerised day/ night fire control system.