Textron’s Armored Patrol Vehicle
BY TEXTRON
© 2010 FrontLine Defence (Vol 7, No 2)

In response to the call of the Canadian Armed Forces for a more survivable and mobile tactical combat vehicle to meet its needs into the future, Textron Marine & Land Systems (TMLS) has designed a modern armored wheeled vehicle that provides a balanced solution. The result is a versatile armoured vehicle that maintains efficient off-road mobility while protecting its valuable cargo – our sons and daughters.

The design of the TMLS Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) is focused, first and foremost, on the protection of its crew and passengers. Its heritage begins with the Armored Security Vehicle (ASV), a combat-proven vehicle in the U.S. Army inventory that performs a wide variety of missions ranging from combat patrol, base security, and continues to be the vehicle of choice to lead military convoys in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
The modern design of the TMLS TAPV takes survivability and mobility to a new level. Independent tests confirm blast and ballistic protection levels equal to an MRAP. Advanced energy-absorbing belly armour, multi-blast protected seats, modern exterior appliqué, wide wheelbase, vented and strengthened wheel wells, along with strategic parts designed to blow off during a mine event, combine to provide superior crew and passenger protection. Mobility is also improved over the lighter ASV.
 
The obvious question is how an armoured combat vehicle be redesigned to be heavier and higher off the ground for greater mine and IED protection while displaying increased mobility and off-road capability. The answer is in advanced engineering and components. “Our TAPV is not a repainted ASV,” notes Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager, Tom Walmsley. “Our engineers went to work several years ago with the goal of creating a new combat vehicle that would have all the best qualities of the ASV, while taking advantage of new technology to significantly improve upon the entire package. The result is the TMLS TAPV, a more versatile platform with increased protection, power, and manoeuvrability.”
 
Slightly longer than the ASV, the TMLS TAPV’s interior layout options for multiple mission capabilities are designed with optimal ergonomics in mind. This allows the vehicle to be configured for patrol, convoy protection, command and control, utility, mortar carrier, ambulance or personnel carrier missions.
 
While the TAPV, like its ASV predecessor which has proven to be far safer in bomb blasts in Afghanistan than most other vehicles, is designed to take a significant blast and protect its crew, the vehicle can also take the fight off road. The mobility of the TMLS TAPV provides both an offensive and defensive advantage over heavier, limited-use vehicles. The TMLS TAPV goes off road to pursue, patrol and protect, while presenting an exponentially more difficult target for insurgents who have used roadway points of access for IED attacks.
 
The TAPV program is also positioned to enhance the Canadian economy, as the manufacture and integration of various components, as well as the maintenance and service will be carried out by Canadian workers of Canadian companies on home soil. TMLS is currently working with several Canadian suppliers to develop the most effective team possible.
 
To achieve the goals of the Canadian Armed Forces today and into the future, soldiers on the ground require the proper tools to do the job in an ever-changing, ­hostile combat environment. The solution is a modern vehicle that offers survivability, mobility and versatility in the toughest of landscapes.
 
With a focus on crew protection, mobility, performance and payload, ­Textron Marine & Land Systems’ TAPV is the modern, cost effective game-changing solution for Canada’s National Security requirements for the next 25 years.

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© FrontLine Defence 2010

 

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