Government Of Canada Creates Jobs In Quebec By Investing In Leopard 2 Tanks For The Canadian Armed Forces

News Release / November 30, 2012 / Project number: NR 12.249

QUÉBEC CITY, Que. - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Minister Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced that the Government of Canada awarded a significant support contract for the maintenance of the Canadian Army’s Leopard 2 family of vehicles.

Wajax Power Systems of Québec City, Quebec, has been awarded a contract valued at $10.16 million for the repair and overhaul of engines for the Leopard 2 family of vehicles over three years, which will sustain approximately 10 jobs in the region. The contract includes two one-year extension options, which could bring the total contract value to $22.09 million.

“This contract ensures work for skilled Canadians who will support and maintain the equipment over many years,” said Minister Blaney. “Our Government is delivering on its Canada First Defence Strategy by giving our Canadian Armed Forces the tools they need, while benefitting Canadian industry.”

“The heavily protected direct-fire capability of a Main Battle Tank is an invaluable tool in the arsenal of any military,” said Minister Valcourt. “Our commitment to maintaining these vehicles will ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces are well protected against anti-armour weapons, such as improvised explosive devices and landmines - and have the ability to access difficult terrain that a wheeled vehicle cannot provide - so that our troops return from their missions safely.”

Wajax Power Systems is solely licensed to service these Leopard 2 engines in Canada, which includes the task of Repair and Overhaul by the Original Equipment Manufacture, Motoren und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH (MTU). MTU is a German engine manufacturing company.

“Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians - jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and Minister for Status of Women. “Today's announcement will not only sustain high quality jobs in Quebec, it will ensure that we are providing our men and women in uniform with the right equipment to do their jobs.”

The repair and overhaul of these Leopard tank engines will allow armoured soldiers and officers to be ready to respond to the tasks assigned by the Government now and into the future. This continues to demonstrate the government’s commitment to protecting Canadian interests at home and abroad.

The intensity and complexity of recent military operations in Afghanistan have shown that main battle tanks like the Leopard 2A4 Canadian tank are essential to provide soldiers with the protection, mobility and firepower that cannot be matched by Light Armoured Vehicles.

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