TAPV delivery on course [CANSEC2016D2]

26 May 2016

The 5th Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown is preparing to receive initial deliveries of the Canadian Army’s new 4x4 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) capability following completion of reliability, availability, maintainability and durability (RAMD) trials last month.

The vehicle, which is being shown for the first time at CANSEC since the RAMD trials, will be delivered to 5 CDSB trainers in August prior to being fielded with the Army later this year.

To achieve RAMD sign-off, the TAPV was required to complete a series of rigorous operational tests, including driving more than 130,000km on challenging terrain that represented potential operational profiles prescribed by the Canadian Army.

Testing was conducted over three months, day and night, six days a week. The final results showed that the TAPV exceeded contract requirements of 6,500 mean kilometres between critical failures (MKBCF).

“The eight vehicles that completed the RAMD trials performed extremely well – exceeding the customer’s requirements,” Textron Systems’ Mike Gelpi, vice president of land vehicles, told the Show Daily. “We believe that these results prove that the TAPV is the most mobile, survivable and reliable vehicle in the world today.”

In Canadian service, TAPV will be equipped with a dual remote weapon station (RWS), which is based on the Kongsberg M117 Protector RWS. RAMD testing also included firing the RWS and conducting more than 4,700 hours of RWS usage, including 1,650 hours of silent watch operations.

Textron Systems Canada was originally awarded a C$603.4 million contract for 500 TAPV platforms – with an option for an additional 100 – in June 2012.

The TAPV will replace the RG-31 Nyala multi-purpose mine-resistant ambush protected infantry mobility vehicle and the LAV-25 Coyote armoured reconnaissance vehicle, currently in service with the Canadian Army, and will serve alongside the 4x4 G Wagon – Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW). TAPV will be distributed across seven Canadian Army bases, with the service anticipating declaration of full operational capability by mid-2020.

Textron has also been awarded a five-year, performance-based logistics support contract, plus options for 25 years, in support of TAPV deliveries.

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