TAPV Armoured Vehicles – DND/CF News Release
– June 2012
TAPV: Contract Award for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle
This DND News Release is a rather sad example of the species. It's full of the usual self-congratulation
and smugness but offers very little by way of new information. Associate NMD, Julian Fantino, has revealed
Textron Systems Canada as winner of the TAPV contest and gives delivery and IOC dates but that's about it. The
rest is mostly truisms celebrating IRBs.
A positive detail is "approximately five years of in-service support". Why the contract has an 'approximate' date is
anyone's guess but the shorter ISS term mirrors that of the C-130J purchase. Then the in-service support
contract has up to 20 one-year renewals. That may make ISS more expensive over time but gives the GoC a lot of
flexibility. If a particular support-provider fails to satisfy, the ISS gravy train comes to an abrupt end.
The Textron TAPV itself is derived their MSV ('Mobile Survivable Vehicle') developed from their M1117 ASV ('Armored
Security Vehicle') which is in widespread US service. As noted in our Background,
the Textron TAPV can trace its ancestry directly back
to the Cadillac-Gage V-150. That vehicle was submitted unsuccessfully for DND's AVGP contest in the '70s.
Wags might note that DND procurement officers have been drawn to 'Cadillac' solutions before. For Canadian
soldiers, the important point is that Textron has evolved their MSV-based TAPV submission almost out of all
recognition of that old Cadillac-Gage design. Textron's TAPV is more tractible and much more survivable.
Whether DND's TAPV concept pans out as a fighting vehicle is quite another matter.
DND/Canadian Forces News Release
Minister Fantino highlights support for Canadian Army and Canadian workers
Welcomes milestone in delivering
armoured patrol vehicles for the Canadian Forces
NR 12.124 - June 8, 2012
CFB Gagetown, NB — The Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada's Associate Minister of National Defence,
today welcomed the decision by the Government of Canada that Textron Systems Canada Inc., of Ottawa,
Ontario, has been selected to provide the Canadian Army with 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV). This successful awarding of two contracts resulted from
a fair, open and transparent competitive process. These contracts will support the Canadian Army by providing them
with the new equipment they need, while creating jobs across our country.
"Today's milestone once again demonstrates our commitment to supporting our brave men and women in uniform, while
creating and supporting skilled jobs across Canada" said [ Fantino]. "Our investments in the Canadian Army now
will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively
for decades to come."
The TAPV project is one of four Family of Land Combat (FLCV)
projects announced at CFB Gagetown in July 2009. These new vehicles represent an improvement over our Canadian
Army’s LAVII (Coyote) and the Armoured Patrol Vehicles (RG-31) with the delivery
of a strengthened degree of survivability to its crew. Once in service, these [TAPV] vehicles will
perform a number of critical roles, including reconnaissance and surveillance, command and control, and cargo[,] and
armoured personnel carrier.
"Today's announcement is great news for our soldiers," said Brigadier-General C.C. Thurrott, Commander of
Land Force Atlantic Area (LFAA). "These vehicles will provide the men and women of the Canadian Army with an
excellent multi-role combat capability, protecting them from a variety of threats, while enabling them to remain
mobile and agile when executing a wide variety of missions."
Today's announcement is subject to the Government of Canada's Industrial Regional Benefits policy, supporting
skilled Canadian workers and economic growth. One hun- dred per cent of the value of these contracts must
be re-invested by Textron Systems Canada Inc. in the Canadian economy – a total of $708.7 million.
This agreement commits the contractor to re-investing at least 25% of the acquisition contract of $603.3
million and 40% of the sustainment contract of $105.4 million in the creation of new skilled work in the manufacture
and long-term support of the TAPV in Canada. Total project costs associated with this procurement approved by
Treasury Board is $1.25 billion.
"Our government is delivering results on its objectives of giving the Canadian Forces the tools they need, while
creating skilled jobs," said Minister Fantino. "Canada curre- ntly has over 60 major procurements subject
to our industrial regional benefit policy, with over $22 billion in industrial regional benefit activity
There are approximately five years of in-service support [ISS] included in the support contract, with options
[to] extend [that ISS contract] by 20 one-year periods to cover the life expectancy of the vehicle,
estimated at 25 years.
First deliveries of TAPV are expected in 2014. Full Operational Capability is expected in 2016. Announcements of
Canadian companies whose skilled workers are benefitting from additional work created by this important investment in
the [Canadian Forces] will be forthcoming in due course.