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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 766
Unitary Cost: USD$3.0 million
Also Known As: Kodiak and NZLAV
Origin: Canada
Corporations: General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada
Parent System: LAV III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 856
Total Cost: USD$2.3 billion
Family Members: LAV 6.0, LRSS and MMEV
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Description: The LAV III is the last derivative of the combat proven USMC LAV armored vehicle to be in active service well into the 21st century. It has been designed to provide enhanced survivability thanks to an increased armor and mobility as well as the capability to accommodate new weapon systems. It will carry infantry troops to the front-line of the battlefield providing fire support through its 25mm stabilized gun. The LAV III entered service with the Canadian Army in 1999. 756 LAV IIIs armored vehicles have been ordered by Canada and New Zealand. The US Army Stryker armored vehicle was developed on the basis of the proven LAV III.

The Canadian Army is the largest operator of LAV III vehicles with 651 delivered to date. It has been deployed within the Canadian Army as Infantry Carriers (313), Command Post (181), TOW missile carrier (71), Forward Observation (47), and Engineer Variants (39). The Infantry carrier version is able to accommodate up to 7 infantryman and a crew of 3 (gunner, driver and commander). In addition to the 25mm cannon, the LAV III turret also features a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun., a top-mounted 5.56 or 7.62mm machine gun, and one 76mm grenade launcher.

On August 23, 2004, the Canadian Department of National Defence awarded a $17.36 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to manufacture 33 LAV III TOW Under Armor vehicles equipped with refurbished and upgraded Kvaerner Eureka Armored Launching Turrets. LAV IIIs equipped with TOW anti-armor missile were scheduled for delivery to Canada between September 2005 and May 2006. The Canadian Department of National Defence (CDND) awarded a CAD11 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems (Canada) for 39 LAV III Engineer vehicles to be delivered between October 2006 and July 2007. The contract was awarded on March 16, 2005.

LAV III Applications

Armored Vehicles M1126 Stryker ICV

LAV III Specifications

Crew: 3
Troops: 7
Wheel Drive: 8x8
Height: 2.80 meter (110 inch)
Length: 6.98 meter (275 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Width: 2.70 meter (106 inch)
Gradient: 60 %
Side Slope: 30 %
Ditch Crossing Ability: 2 meter (79 inch)
Fording Depth: 1.20 meter (47 inch)
Max Range: 450 kilometer (280 mile)
Power: 350 hp (261 kW)
Top Speed: 100 kph (62 mph)
Combat Weight: 16,950 kilogram (37,368 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 13 news between
3 Aug 2007 and 13 Feb 2017
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Monday, February 13, 2017Canada to Increase Protection and Mobility of 141 LAV III Wheeled Armored Vehicles
Wednesday, June 10, 2015Thales to Support Canadian LRSS Systems
Thursday, November 13, 2014General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to Upgrade LAV III Reconnaissance Surveillance System
Wednesday, May 29, 2013General Dynamics Developing LAV III with Fully Integrated Active Protection System
Tuesday, February 12, 2013Thales Awarded Optronics Contract for Upgraded LAV III Vehicles
Thursday, January 10, 2013Colombia Orders 24 LAV III Armored Vehicles Equipped with Rafael RCWS Weapon Stations
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Raytheon Unveils Canadian Army LRSS Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle
Friday, October 21, 2011General Dynamics to Upgrade 550 Canadian LAV III Vehicles
Wednesday, July 8, 2009Canada Selects General Dynamics as Prime Contractor for LAV III Upgrade Program
Friday, July 11, 2008General Dynamics Awarded LAV III Lifecycle Support Contract by the Government of Canada

Operators & Related Equipment

313 LAV Infantry Section Carriers; 181 LAV Command Post variants; 33 LAV TOW Under Armour (TUA) variants (Turret equipped with 2 TOW launchers); 47 LAV Forward Observation Officer (FOO) variants; 44 LAV Engineer variants
First batch of 24 vehicles ordered in January 2013 and equipped with Rafael remotelly controlled weapon stations
New Zealand105
2008105one held in Canada
2007105one held in Canada
2006104+ one held in Canada

Grand Total 7664
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