GDLS develops LAV II upgrade package
By Christopher F Foss
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (GDLS-C) has developed and tested an upgrade package for its Light Armoured Vehicle II (LAV II) armoured personnel carrier (APC), designated the LAV II Double-V Hull (DVH).
The upgrade package is aimed at the export market as a number of countries operate the LAV II, and as the vehicles were supplied some time ago they will require upgrades in the future to extend their operational life.
Much of the DVH development work started early in 2010 for the US Army Stryker infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) has been leveraged for the LAV II upgrade package.
Early tests were so successful that the green light for the production of 450 Stryker ICVs and other variants (excluding the NBC model and the 105 mm Mobile Gun System) was given in July 2010 before official US Army tests had started.
From August 2010 the US Army put the Stryker DVH through a series of tests at a number of facilities, including Yuma Proving Ground (Arizona), Aberdeen Proving Ground (Maryland) and the US Army National Training Center (California).
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