The Government of Canada has awarded a CAD $31 million (US $28 million) contract
to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to provide 25 additional RG-31 Mine
Protected Vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company's parent
corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics.
This order is an option to a contract originally awarded in November 2005 that
called for the delivery of 50 RG-31 vehicles. Vehicle deliveries were completed
in April 2006. Deliveries of the additional 25 vehicles will occur from
September to November 2006.
Under this contract, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada provides program
management and engineering and logistics support while BAE Land Systems OMC of
South Africa manufactures the vehicles. The vehicles incorporate a Kongsberg
Protector M151 Remote Weapon Station equipped with a day and night sighting
system, which allows the operator to fire the weapon while remaining protected
within the vehicle. The M151 contract was valued at 51 million Norwegian Krone
The RG-31 tactical vehicle offers enhanced mine blast resistance as well as
protection against both improvised explosive devices and ballistic threats. The
vehicles, currently being used by the Canadian Forces in their operations in
Afghanistan, have already proven their worth when an RG-31 survived a
significant roadside bomb explosion earlier last month.
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada has also completed deliveries of 148 RG-31
vehicles to the U.S. Army in fulfillment of a 2005 contract. In addition, the
vehicles have been extensively used by NATO forces in the former Yugoslavia as
well as by the United Nations in Lebanon, Georgia, Syria, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
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