BAE Systems is studying the Canadian Forces’ requirement for a follow-on MRAP (mine resistant armour protected) vehicle to replace its RG31 Mk3 fleet. Canada has been using the South African designed and built RG31 since 2006 when it acquired 75 for use in Afghanistan.
“We have only had good feedback on the RG31 from the Canadian Forces..,” BAE Systems SA spokeswoman Natasha Pheiffer says. “We have recently received the specific requirement from the customer and we are studying this to determine which vehicle [from the BAE Systems stable] is most appropriate.”
The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) will replace the RG31 as well as the 8×8 General Dynamics Land Systems Canada Coyote reconnaissance vehicle, a licenced version of the Mowag Piranha III. Statements by the Canadian Department of National Defence suggest the Canadian Army will procure 500 vehicles (200 of a reconnaissance variant and 300 of the general utility
variant) with an option for an additional 100.
Media reports note the Request for Proposal (RfP) will be released later this year – likely between June and September – and the winner will be selected in the first half of 2011. Initial Operational Capability is scheduled in 2013 and the full operational capability in 2015.
The reports also note the DND is seeking a new Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) or utility truck to replace the CF’s aging fleet of 2.5-ton Medium Logistic Vehicles, Wheeled. Pheiffer says BAE Systems in the US is studying that requirement.