Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV)

Armoured Combat Support Vehicle

Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV) Variant of the Armoured Combat Support Vehicle fleet

Project summary

The new and modern fleet of Armoured Combat Support Vehicles (ACSV) will provide ambulances, mobile repair and vehicle recovery vehicles, as well as engineer support vehicles and command posts, for both domestic and international operations.

The new fleet of 360 ACSVs will all be based on the LAV 6.0 and will replace the current Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) II Bison and M113 Tracked LAV fleets.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • June 2017
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • January 23, 2019
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • N/A
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Project approval: August 6, 2019
  • Contract award: September 5, 2019
  • First vehicle accepted: December 18, 2020
  • First delivery of type II variants: 2022
  • Initial operational capability: 2023
  • First delivery of type III variants: 2024
  • Full operational capability: 2024
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • 2025

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Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

September 30, 2021
Total of 30 Type 2 variants have been produced by GDLS-C to date.

July 29, 2021
The second variant of ACSV (Ambulance) was accepted at the factory by Canada.

March 31, 2021
Eleven type 2 variants have been produced by GDLS-C to date.

December 18, 2020
The first ACSV-Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV) variant was accepted at the factory by Canada.

November 2019 – December 2020
Critical system, design, and logistical reviews are done on the troop/cargo, ambulance, and command post variants of the vehicles.

September 5, 2019
A contract was awarded to GDLS Canada.


Benefiting Canadian Industry

The Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy was applied to the ACSV Implementation Contract. Total ITB obligation is $1.775 billion.

The contract was awarded thought a non-competitive process following direct engagement with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the Light Armoured Vehicle 6.0.

Technical Requirements

About the ACSV

360 vehicles will be purchased in eight variants. They include:

  • Troop/Cargo
  • Ambulance
  • Command Post
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Engineer
  • Fitter/Cargo
  • Maintenance and Recovery
  • Mobile Repair
Project costs

Project costs

The cost of the ACSV project is $2.52 billion. This includes acquisition, project management costs, infrastructure, contracts and contingency.



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