Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade (LAVUP)

Project summary

The LAV III fleet will receive turret and chassis (hull) upgrades, which will improve the protection, mobility, and lethality of the LAV III platform, while maximizing command support and improving crew ergonomics.  The project will modernize a portion of the existing LAV III fleet to ensure it remains the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces. It will also extend the life span of the LAV to 2035.

This project provides the Canadian Army with a flexible, multi-purpose capability to respond effectively and successfully to the full spectrum of military operations.

The first on-schedule delivery of upgraded LAVs was announced in January 2013. Final delivery is expected to occur by December 2019.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation


1. Identification

1. Identification

  • October 2008
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • Not applicable
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • Preliminary project approval: June 2009
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Project approval: October 2011
  • Contract award: October 2011
  • First delivery: December 2012
  • Initial operational capability: June 2014
  • Full operational capability: Spring 2020
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • Spring 2021

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Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

February 2017
The Government of Canada announced a $404 million (tax included) contract amendment with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS–C) of London, Ontario, to provide chassis upgrades to 141 LAV Operational Requirement Integration Task (LORIT) vehicles. These vehicles were originally scheduled to receive turret upgrades only.

August 2016
380 vehicles are delivered to Canada. The Canadian Army conducted operator and driver training across the various units located in Gagetown, Valcartier, Petawawa, Edmonton, and Shilo. The upgraded LAV is ready for operational deployments.

December 2016
A total of 409 (out of 550) vehicles have been upgraded.

January 24, 2013
The first upgraded LAV III are delivered in London, Ontario.

November 2012
The contract is amended to exercise the option to upgrade 66 additional LAV III for an additional $151 million, in support of the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade project.

October 2011
The contract for implementation, for $1.064 billion, is awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems ‐ Canada (London, Ontario).

July 2009
The LAV III UP Project is announced.

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Industrial and regional benefits


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Technical information

About the Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade (LAVUP)


  • Infantry section carrier (ISC) vehicles
  • Command post (CP) vehicles
  • Engineer vehicles
  • Reconnaissance (Recce) vehicles
  • Observation post (OP) vehicles


  • Water-cooled 6 cylinder 450 horsepower turbo-charged diesel engine.
  • 7 speed automatic transmission.

Specifications (ISC only)


  • Basic weight: 20,638 kg (45,500 lbs)
  • Combat load (with Add-on-Armour): 28,576 kg (63,000 lbs)


  • Length: 7,827 mm
  • Width:  3,250 mm
  • Height: 3,266 mm


  • Highway speed: 100 km/h
  • Off-road speed: 40 km/h
  • Highway range: 600 km
  • Off road range: 450 km
  • Maximum grade: 60%
  • Side slope: 30%
  • Ditch cross: 2 m


  • Type: Diesel or JP-8
  • Capacity: 207L
  • Consumption: 0.80 L/km


  • Arctic: No
  • Add-on armour: Yes


  • Crew: 3
  • Passengers: 7


  • M242 25-mm Bushmaster cannon
  • C6 7.62-mm coaxial, medium machine gun
  • C9A2 5.56-mm light machine gun
  • 76-mm multiarrel grenade discharger
Project costs

Project costs

The acquisition contract to upgrade 550 vehicles is estimated at $1.5 billion.

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