Tactical armoured patrol vehicle
The Government of Canada is procuring 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV), with the option for 100 additional vehicles. In June 2012, Textron Systems Canada Inc. (Ottawa, Ontario) was awarded two contracts, one for the acquisition of 500 vehicles, valued at $603.4 million, and a second contract for their support at $105.4 million to conduct in-service support for the fleet for five years following the last vehicle delivery.
The TAPV is a wheeled combat vehicle that will conduct reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, and armoured transport of personnel and equipment. The vehicle is highly mobile and provides a very high degree of protection for its crew.
The TAPV will replace the reconnaissance role currently carried out by the Coyote reconnaissance vehicles (LAV II), and the patrolling, liaison, and VIP transport roles formerly carried out by the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (RG-31). The TAPV will complement the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (G-Wagon).
The TAPV is part of the Family of Land Combat vehicle projects announced in July 2009.
Currently in Phase 4: Implementation
- Completed March 2008
2. Options analysis
2. Options analysis
- March 2009 to June 2009
- Project Approval: June 18, 2009
- Request for proposal release: March 15, 2011
- Request for proposal close: August 29, 2011
- Bid evaluation completion: December 2011
- Project approval: June 7, 2012
- Contract award: June 7, 2012
- Reliability testing: Completed April 2016
- First delivery: August 12, 2016
- Initial operational capability: August 22, 2017
- Final delivery: December 18, 2018
- Full operational capability: December 2019
- Effective close-out: December 2019
- Project close-out: March 2021
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All 500 vehicles have been accepted by Canada. They are located at:
- 127 at CFB Gagetown
- 129 at CFB Valcartier
- 25 at CFB Montreal
- 2 at CFB Borden
- 42 at CFB Shilo
- 63 at CFB Edmonton and
- 112 at CFB Petawawa.
Last serials of training for operators and technicians have been completed.
As of August 2017, a total of 238 TAPVs were delivered with the remaining vehicles expected by mid-2018.
TAPVs were used to respond to flooding in Quebec as part of Operation LENTUS.
First series of training for operators and technicians were completed.
The deliveries of the TAPV started on August 12, 2016.
While the TAPV passed rigorous certification testing as part of the procurement process, reliability testing after the contract was awarded identified challenges with the vehicle’s complex design. Textron Systems Canada Inc., the supplier, implemented improvements to the steering and suspension system and vehicle structure. The contractor successfully completed a second round of reliability testing at the Nevada Automotive Test Centre in mid-April 2016.
Rheinmetall Canada has been awarded a contract by Textron Systems Canada Inc. to provide the Canadian Army with new and improved TAPV.
The Government of Canada announced two competitively awarded contracts to Textron Systems Canada Inc., of Ottawa, Ontario, for the acquisition of 500 TAPV for the Canadian Army, and for associated long-term support. The contract is valued at $603.4 million (excluding GST/HST) and includes both configurations of the vehicle, as well as associated equipment. The support contract, valued at $105.4 million (excluding GST/HST), includes the deliverables necessary to establish and conduct the long-term support for the fleet for five years following the last vehicle delivery.
Benefiting Canadian industry
Benefiting Canadian industry
Industrial and regional benefits
Industry consultations were conducted during both the Request for Proposal and the Solicitation of Interest and Qualification phases.
Two contracts for 40mm ammunition were awarded to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada under the munitions supply program.
The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy was applied to the Acquisition and Support contracts. Total IRB obligation for the TAPV acquisition are worth $622 million, with $365 million completed as of JMay 2018 and $257 million in progress. Total IRB obligation for the TAPV support is $105 million, with $23 million completed as of May 2018 and $52 million in progress. For more information, visit Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s website:
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About the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV)
TAPV general specifications
- Weight: 18 tonnes
- Height: 2.39 metres to roof, 3.21 metres with remote weapons system
- Length: 6.81 metres
- Width: 2.75 metres
- Basic weight: 15,850 kilograms (curb weight)
- Combat load: 18,300 kilograms (gross vehicle weight) (41,000 lbs)
- Maximum forward speed: 110 kilometres per hour
- Range: 650 kilometres at 88 kilometres per hour
- Fuel type: Diesel of JP-8 (jet fuel)
- Fuel capacity: 272 litres (main) plus 19 litres (reserve)
- 193 to be delivered
- 138 equipped with a remote weapons system
- Crew of three personnel (driver, crew commander, gunner) and two soldiers
General Utility TAPV
- 307 to be delivered
- 226 equipped with a remote weapons system
- Crew of three personnel (driver, crew commander, gunner) and three soldiers
Estimated life expectancy
- 25 years
The TAPV contract is worth $603.4 million, with an additional in-service support contract of $105.4 million for five years following the last vehicle delivery.
The full project cost, including the acquisition of 500 Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles, remote weapons systems, ammunition, add-on-armours kits, logistics products, infrastructure and the first five years of maintenance and support services after the delivery of the last vehicle, totals $1157 million.
Two related contracts for 40 mm ammunition were awarded to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada under the munitions supply program.
All 500 vehicles have been accepted by DND. Related equipment (weapons, simulators) and logistics products will be received, and infrastructure completed before project closeout in 2021.
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