The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is following with the TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) armoured vehicles procurement programme which plan the  acquisition of  a first batch composed by 500 highly protected wheeled vehicles in two different variants (general utility and reconnaissance) to replace General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada LAV-II Coyote (Light Armoured Vehicle), BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd RG-31 MK3 Nyala APV (Armoured Patrol Vehicle) and complement Daimler AG G-Wagen 4×4 light utility vehicles in service with the Canadian Army. The programme includes an option to procure a further 100 vehicles.

The Canadian DND has recently downselected 9 vehicles from seven companies which includes BAE Systems Hägglunds AB Alligator, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd RG-31 Mk5 EM and RG-35 RPU (Reconnaissance Patrol Utility), Force Protection Inc Cougar 4×4 and 6×6, Nexter Systems ARAVIS, Oshkosh Defense M-ATV (MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle), Textron Marine and Land Systems MSV (Mobile Survivable Vehicle) and Thales Australia Ltd Bushmaster armoured vehicles

The companies answered the Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ) phase that closed on June 2 and now will move into the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase.

A contract award is expected by 2011, deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012 and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected a year later.

(BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd ).

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