General Dynamics Land Systems- Canada (GDLS-Canada, Booth 1301) is showcasing two variants of its family of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) 6.0 platforms at CANSEC 2018: LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle (CSV) Command Post (CP), and the new LAV 6.0 Reconnaissance, or Recce.
LAV 6.0 is the designation given by the Canadian Army to its enhanced LAV III platform, upgraded specifically to respond to requirements emerging from a decade of in-theatre experience in Afghanistan.
In November 2014, the Canadian government awarded GDLSCanada a C$287 million contract to equip 66 LAV 6.0 platforms with a new reconnaissance and surveillance system under the LAV Reconnaissance: Surveillance System Upgrade (LRSS UP) requirement.
Currently in the design, qualification and test phase, the LAV 6.0 Recce solution delivers the same level of survivability, mobility and firepower as the baseline LAV 6.0, but also integrates a highly modular and stabilised sensor suite that includes radar, thermal/ day image intensification sights, laser rangefinder and GPS, and an operator control station enabling reconnaissance and targeting missions at extended range.
“The LAV 6.0 Recce platform will also have the capability for surveillance with the mast elevated and while on the move, or for an extended silent watch, drawing on battery power reserves,” said GDLS-Canada spokesperson Doug Wilson-Hodge.
The LAV 6.0 Recce includes features common to the baseline LAV 6.0 including the M242 Bushmaster 25mm/7.62mm coaxial machine gun turret, double-V hull, and the Caterpillar C9 450hp (335kW) engine.
Wilson-Hodge said deliveries of the LAV 6.0 Recce platform to Canada will commence in 2020.
In 2016, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada furthered the modularity of the LAV 6.0 family by introducing the LAV 6.0 combat support vehicle (CSV).
This combines additional mission flexibility with the commonality and protection offered by the LAV 6.0 baseline variant. Equipped with remote weapon systems for self-defence, the LAV 6.0 CSV is also available in ambulance, and maintenance and recovery vehicle variants.
The LAV 6.0 variants in Canadian Army service saw their first international operational deployment in 2017 in Latvia in support of Operation Reassurance.