Minister Valcourt tours facility where Government investments in Canadian Forces are sustaining and creating jobs

News Release / October 30, 2012 / Project number: NR - 12.215

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Québec – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie) and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, today announced that Rheinmetall Canada has been awarded an important contract by Textron Systems Canada Inc. to provide the Canadian Army with new and improved Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles. 

“Our Government is committed to renewing and strengthening the equipment we provide our men and women in uniform,” said Minister Valcourt. “Our investments in the Canadian Army now will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come.”

The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles project is one of four Family of Land Combat projects announced at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in July 2009. These new vehicles offer a strengthened degree of safety and protection for crew members over our Canadian Army’s Light Armoured Vehicle II (Coyote) and the Armoured Patrol Vehicles (RG-31).  Once in service, these vehicles will perform a number of critical roles, including reconnaissance and surveillance, command and control, and cargo and armoured personnel transportation.

This $205 million subcontract is a result of the Government of Canada’s $708.7 million contract award to Textron Systems Canada Inc. and is a prime example of the high quality work Canadian industry is carrying out as a result of the Government of Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits policy. When Textron Systems Canada Inc. was awarded the contract for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles, it committed to ensure that 100 per cent of the contract’s value would be directed to activities of benefit to Canada.  The subcontract award announced today is expected to sustain and create dozens of high quality, skilled jobs in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec.   

“This contract is providing Canadian companies with real business opportunities allowing them to develop and apply their specific strengths and competitive solutions,” said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture). “This is a great example of how our procurement system brings economic benefit to regions all across the country and supports our industry as a global leader.”

Rheinmetall Canada will perform critical engineering, production and in-service support work at its facility in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. During the production phase of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles fleet, Rheinmetall will perform the final assembly and test of the vehicles.  Rheinmetall will also integrate essential sub-systems such as the Remotely Controlled Weapon Station (a system installed on a combat vehicle which allows the user to safely operate the system’s weapons from inside the vehicle) the Vehicle Navigation System (a system that provides the user with information on its location, direction of movement and destination with or without external aids such as GPS in order to enhance the vehicle crew’s positional awareness) and the Driver Vision Enhancement System (this system consists of two sensors (one forward and one rear) and a display screen which provides the driver with thermal imaging views of the external forward and rear images). Further, the company will be the primary in-service support hub for the vehicle fleet during its service life.

“Our Industrial and Regional Benefits plan for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles project effectively engages Canadian companies, like Rheinmetall, from coast to coast, provides jobs to Canadians, and provides substantial Canadian content in each vehicle,” said Neil Rutter, General Manager of Textron Systems Canada. “Beyond the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles project, Textron Systems plans to further grow our business in Canada, which will mean working with more Canadian companies and creating more jobs for Canadians.”

“Rheinmetall Canada's partnership with Textron Systems will protect existing jobs and create new ones,” said Rheinmetall Canada's President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andreas Knackstedt.  “The Government of Canada's purchase of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles fleet, and its Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy will have a positive impact on Rheinmetall Canada for many years in the future.”

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Media Inquiries:
Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
Duncan Hills
Director, Government relations and Industrial benefits
Phone: 613-233-3223
Fax: 613-233-4224
dhills@rheinmetall.ca

Textron Systems Canada
Keelan Green
Thornley Fallis Communications
Office: 613-231-3355 ext. 260
Cell: 613-220-2016
info@textronsystemscanada.ca

Media Liaison Office
Department of National Defence
Office: 1-866-377-0811
Office: 613-996-2353
mlo-blm@force.gc.ca

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