The last medium logistics vehicle: Nearing the end of a major project
February 13, 2020, Saint-Nicolas, Quebec, National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
We are getting ready for the future. Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, is based on present and future needs of the Forces, to ensure they have the equipment they need to do their jobs in all areas of operations.
Today, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Brigadier-General Gervais Carpentier, Commander of 2 Division, attended a ceremony to highlight the roll out of the 1,587th and last Standard Military Pattern vehicle. This is an important milestone for the Forces as it completes the production of vehicles to replace its fleet of medium logistics vehicles that is more than 30 years old.
Logistics vehicles provide an agility, which is a core capability for our Forces. Whether at home or abroad, they must be able to travel, in the hundreds, to help our allies, and move all their equipment. Medium support vehicles are essential to almost all domestic and international operations. Our new logistics vehicles significantly increase the Forces’ capacity to transport equipment, personnel, and supplies, with a capacity of up to 9.5 tonnes.
In addition to the five variants of medium support vehicles, this major project also delivered 322 trailers, 161 armoured protection systems, 1,300 militarized trucks in six variants for the Reserves, and 995 shelters, of which 846 shelters are configured for specific roles in military operations. In all, this $1.5 billion project has provided economic benefits in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
“Strong, Secure, Engaged is delivering equipment that supports more agile, mobile, and effective Regular and Reserve Forces. Today, we highlight the last medium support vehicle rolling off the production line. These vehicles have already proven a great improvement to the Canadian Armed Forces’ ground transportation capability and flexibility at home during the flooding of 2019 and now abroad in support of Op REASSURANCE. This project is another example of our commitment to providing the members of our Forces with what they need to work effectively.”
- Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan
“Today, we mark the roll out of the 1587th Standard Military Pattern truck and more than 450 of them will be based here, in Quebec. Our new medium support vehicles are versatile and adaptable allowing support of operations for years to come. We will proudly continue to help Canadians during emergency situations and we will continue to distinguish ourselves during expeditionary operations internationally.”
- Brigadier-General Gervais Carpentier, Commander of 2 Division
In July 2015, the Government of Canada awarded two contracts to Mack Defense, valued at a total of $834 million. The contracts would deliver 1500 new trucks, in addition to new trailers, armour protection systems and in-service support. Since the contracts were awarded, options were exercised to increase the total quantity of trucks to 1587, which raised the contract value to $880.3 million.
Our collaboration with Mack Defence will continue as they will sustain our standard military pattern trucks for up to 15 years if all contract options are exercised.
The medium support vehicles were used to help Canadians during the 2019 floods when a state of emergency was declared in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Currently, 12 medium support vehicles are deployed on Op REASSURANCE in Latvia. The portable shelters have already been used by the Canadian Armed Forces on several missions.
The Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITBs) policy ensures Canadian companies benefit from defence procurements. Mack Defense, the prime contractor, met its obligations and awarded a number of sub-contracts to Canadian companies—Prevost from Saint-Nicolas, EODC Inc., GT Machining & Fabricating, Fellfab, Marshall Aerospace, Steelcraft Inc. and Valcom Inc. from Ontario, and Dumur Industries and Pro Metal from Saskatchewan.
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