The Armored Combat Support Vehicle is two years ahead of schedule

The first of 360 new Armored Combat Support Vehicles (ASCVs) has been officially accepted by the Canadian Army, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defense announced on October 19, ahead of an expected 2025 delivery, acquired by General Dynamic Land Systems Canada as part of a C$2 billion ($1.46 billion) investment made in 2019.

The expected initial delivery date of 2025, set out in Canada’s defense policy, was brought forward by the intervention of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces. Procured through the Armored Combat Support Vehicle projectthe ACSVs will replace the current Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) II Bison and the M113 Tracked LAV.

With the full delivery expected to contain eight variants, the first four, delivered this month, are a Type 2 ambulance variant intended to treat a wide range of injuries and will enter service with CFB Petawawa. As of September 2023, 91 Type 2 variants have been produced and another 39 have been donated to Ukraine. Other variations include: Command Post; Electronic Warfare? Engineer; Fitter Cargo Vehicle? Maintenance and recovery vehicle. Mobile device repair team. and troop truck. In the coming months, 49 more ACSVs will be delivered to bases spanning across Canada.

“Modernizing, renewing and improving our capabilities in the Canadian Armed Forces is essential to keeping Canada safe in an increasingly complex world and I am pleased to see the first variant of the Armored Combat Support Vehicles project delivered today,” said General WD Eyre, Chief of the Defense Staff. “These much-needed ambulances will provide enhanced protection for our personnel when it matters most, whether they are at home or overseas.”

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When the contract to procure the ACSVs was signed in 2019, Canada’s Minister of National Defense, Harjit Sajjan, described the LAVs as “the backbone of the military’s combat fleet” supporting personnel in a range of operations, including domestic and overseas missions peace support missions.

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