Canadian Forces Armoured Vehicles – Route Opening – November 2008
Force Protection – Orders for an Additional 48 EROC Vehicles:
Blast-Resistant Buffalo and
Cougars – Industry News Release
South Carolina-based Force Protection Inc. has issued a news release announcing that the Canadian
government has placed follow on orders for additional FPI blast-resistant vehicles. This is an add-on
to the purchase in 2007 from Force Protection of ten EROC Expedient Route-Opening Capability trucks.
That initial EROC order was for five each of FPI's specialized Buffalo route-clearance vehicles and Cougar transports to accompany the demining vehicles (the third EROC type being the South
African-built RSD/ DCD-Dorbyl Husky
The follow-on order is for a total of 14 Buffalo A2s and 34 Cougars. The
order is actually a modification of contract M67854-07-C-5039, the same Marine Corps Systems Com- mand
Foreign Military Sales notice used for the first DND purchase of FPI vehicles. At the time of writing, neither
MERX nor the Defense Security Cooperation Agency have published notices.
The text of the 17 November 2008 News Release from Force Protection, Inc. is below.
Canadian Forces to Receive Additional Force Protection Vehicles
Publisher: Force Protection, Inc.
Ladson, SC (November 17, 2008) – Force Protection, Inc. today announced that it has received a
modification under contract M67854-07-C-5039 for the delivery of 14 of its Buffalo A2
route-clearance vehicles and 34 of its Cougar vehicles to the
Canadian Government. The undefinitized contract [ ie: a contract awarded before final terms are
set] modification carries a dollar value not to exceed $49.4 million and includes vehi- cles,
spare parts, and field support. The vehicles are
scheduled for delivery in 2009.
This represents the second order for Force Protection vehicles by the Canadian Gover- nment. In 2007,
Force Protection delivered five Buffalo and five Cougar vehicles for the Canadian
Expeditionary Force Command.
Michael Moody, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Force Protection, [said] "Our NATO allies continue to face
threats from roadside bombs, landmines and many other types of improvised explosive devices. We are delighted
that the Canadian military will be receiving this life saving equipment for use in supporting
their operations in the global war on terror. This order further solidifies our belief that the
Cougar and Buffalo are proving to be the most survivable, sustainable vehicles
on the battlefield. We are very pleased that the Canadian government has chosen to procure additional
vehicles from Force Protection."
About Force Protection, Inc.
Force Protection, Inc. is a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of life saving
survivability solutions, predominantly ballistic and blast-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the US
military and allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones.
The Company's specialty vehicles, the Cougar, the Buffalo, and the [smaller]
Cheetah, are designed specifically for reconnaissance, forward command and
control, and urban operations and to protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and
improvised explosive devices (IEDs, commonly refer- red to as roadside bombs ). The Company also is the
developer and manufacturer of ForceArmor, an armor package providing superior
protection against explosively formed projectiles (EFPs) now available for a wide range of
tactical-wheeled vehicles. The Company is one of the original developers and primary providers of
vehicles for the US military's Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle program.
For more information on Force Protection and its vehicles, visit www.forceprotection.net.