The Canadian Minister of Defense, the Honorable David Pratt, announced that the
Canadian government will enter negotiations with General Dynamics Land Systems
Canada (a General Dynamics subsidiary) for the acquisition of 66 Mobile
Gun Systems (MGS).
The MGS is the mobile direct fire support variant of the Stryker wheeled
multi-role vehicle currently being manufactured for the US Army under the
Stryker-Interim brigades program. MGS is equipped with an automated 105mm
high-pressure smoothbore gun.
The Canadian Armed Forces will use the MGS gun system as a key element of their
transformation. Currently Canada operates Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) armed
with medium caliber guns which will benefit from a large caliber gun system such
as the MGS.
In addition, the Canadian Ministry of Defense awarded General Dynamics a $165
million contract for a wide range of services for Canadian Wheeled Light Armored
Vehicles. The contract covers an initial period of three years with options for
two additional years.
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