Force Mobility Enhancement

Project summary

The Government of Canada is acquiring a fleet of 18 Armoured Engineer Vehicles, and four Armoured Recovery Vehicles that will provide crucial support to the Leopard 2 tanks, the Light Armoured Vehicles, and the newly procured Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle. The project will also deliver tactical mobility implements capable of being used on the fleet of Leopard 2 main battle tanks. The contract is worth $356 million.

Called the Force Mobility Enhancement (FME) project, it will provide the Canadian Army with a flexible, multi-purpose capability that will enable the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to respond effectively and successfully to the full spectrum of military operations. This project is part of the family of land combat vehicles, announced in July 2009.The FME project is occurring in two phases:

Phase 1: Acquisition of the main battle tank chassis

  • acquisition of the Leopard 2 main battle tank chassis from the Swiss government
  • conversion of the main battle tanks into Armoured Engineer Vehicles
  • acquisition of Armoured Recovery Vehicles through a competitive process

Phase 2: Tactical Mobility Implements

  • bulldozer blades and Leopard 2 modifications by Krauss‐Maffei Wegmann
  • mine-clearing rollers systems by Urdanproduction of track-width mine ploughs, work that the Department of National Defence will do internally

Project phases

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation

 

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • September 1, 2008
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • September 1, 2008-June 18, 2009
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • Preliminary Project Approval: June 2009
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Project Approval (Implementation) Phase 1: March 2012
    • Contract award For Armoured Recovery Vehicle:March 2012
    • Contract award for Armoured Engineering Vehicle: April 2012
  • Initial operational capability Phase 1: March  2017
  • Project Approval Phase 2: November 2013
    • Contract award for Mine Clearing Roller System: December 2013
    • Contract award for Dozer Blades, Track Width Mine Ploughs: December 2013
  • Initial operational capability Phase 2: October 2016
    • Full operational capability: December 2017
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • March 2018

Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

Phase 1:

April 2016
Five of 18 Armoured Engineer Vehicles are accepted. Production and acceptance are continuing for the remaining vehicles.

March 2016
Six of 14 Armoured Engineer Vehicle Add‐On Armour kits are accepted.

January 2016
Four of Four Armoured Recovery Vehicles are delivered.

February 2014
14 of 14 Armoured Engineer Vehicle Mine Breaching Systems are accepted by the Canadian Army.

Phase 2:

April 2016
20 of 82 Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks modified for Tactical Mobility Implements. Modifications are continuing for remaining vehicles.

March 2016
10 of 16 Mine Clearing Roller Systems delivered.

October 2015
One of 18 Dozer Blades produced.

March 2015
One of 16 Track Width Mine Plows prod

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Contractors

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Technical information

Technical information

FME technical specifications

Armoured Recovery Vehicle

Weight

  • Basic weight: 61 350 kilograms
  • Combat load: 69 500 kilograms

Dimensions

  • Length: 10.6 metres
  • Width: 4.2 metres
  • Height: 3.2 metres

Crew

  • Personnel: 3
  • Passengers: 0

Leopard 2

Weight

  • Basic weight: 55 tonnes
  • Combat load: 63.8 tonnes

Dimensions

  • Length: 9.50 metres
  • Width:  3.70 metres
  • Height: 2.86 metres

Crew

  • Personnel: 3
Project costs

Project costs

The FME contract is worth $356 million, which includes the procurement of the Armoured Engineer Vehicle, the acquisition of the Armoured Recovery Vehicle, the modifications to the Leopard main battle tank, and the procurement of the bulldozer blades. 

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