The federal government has awarded a $287-million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to enhance the surveillance systems on Canadian Light Armoured Vehicles, also known as the LAV 6.0.
Minister of Public Works Diane Finley said Thursday that the contract will translate into about 60 full-time jobs in London.
The upgraded surveillance system will include a 10-meter retractable mast, an Operator Control Station and a surveillance suite that includes radar, thermal/day and image intensification sights, laser range finder and GPS mounted on a stabilized platform.
The release stated these enhancements would allow for superior detection ranges, on-the-move operation, integrated silent watch power management and the transmission of images through the communications system.
"More than 20 years ago, we designed and delivered to the Canadian Army the Coyote vehicle which at the time was the best reconnaissance/surveillance vehicle in the world,” said General Dynamics vice-president Danny Deep. “We are now privileged to deliver the next generation of advanced surveillance capability to the Canadian soldier."