Systems-Integration for TAPV
BY INDUSTRY SHOWCASE
© 2010 FrontLine Defence (Vol 7, No 3)

With a request for proposal (RFP) for Canada’s Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) approaching, U.S.-based Oshkosh Defense and General Dynamics Land ­Systems-Canada, based out of London, Ontario, announced on 22 March 2010 a teaming agreement to pursue the programme. The companies see the TAPV as a natural fit to collaborate to best meet the needs of the Canadian Forces, from vehicle design to systems integration to long-term logistics support.

Oshkosh brings to the programme a history of delivering high-performance ­tactical wheeled vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies to militaries around the world, and will serve as the prime contractor. The company has produced more than 70,000 military-class vehicles at its facilities. General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada would bring proven systems-­integration capabilities to the programme and also provide the complete range of in-country sustainment services.
 
Oshkosh currently is fulfilling orders from the U.S. military for 8,079 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) for a program that shares similarities with what the TAPV is expected to require. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV in response to an urgent need from the U.S. Armed Forces for a vehicle with MRAP-level survivability and ­exceptional mobility for operations in Afghanistan. Previous MRAPs, or legacy MRAPs, were designed for urban road ­networks and were not suited for Afghanistan’s rugged terrain. The M-ATV was developed as a lighter, more mobile but equally highly-protected MRAP vehicle.
 
The TAPV will consist of reconnaissance and general utility vehicles, which will replace the Armoured Patrol Vehicle (APV) and the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle. The Canadian government is expected to require 500 TAPVs, with an option for an additional 100 vehicles. As with the M-ATV programme in the U.S., the TAPV places a strong emphasis on both survivability and mobility. The reconnaissance variant, for example, will have a 50% cross-country profile capability, while the general utility variant will have a 15% cross-country and 50% secondary-roads profile capability.
 
The M-ATV platform was built around the field-proven Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) chassis and the Oshkosh TAK-4 independent suspension system to achieve a 70% off-road ­profile capability. The TAK-4 system has undergone more than 800,000 km of government testing and is featured on the more than 10,000 MTVRs Oshkosh has produced. The technology gives the M-ATV 40 cm of independent wheel travel to overcome rocky and uneven terrain.
 
The M-ATV uses a proven modular protection system, with armour panels that can be replaced or upgraded in the field. This results in less vehicle downtime as well as the capability to adapt to changing threat levels. Additionally, the TAK-4 suspension system allows the M-ATV platform to accept heavier add-on armour packages while still retaining a full payload capacity and off-road performance.

While protection requirements have yet to be defined for the TAPV, it may demand high survivability capabilities to protect Canadian Forces from a wide range of threats. This will include protection from improvised explosive devices that international forces have encountered in Afghanistan.
 
The TAPV also will require integration of systems such as a remote weapon system, Remote Weapon System, Battle Management System and Land Command Support System, as well as Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS). General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is a world-class provider of systems integration and can incorporate the technology and weapon systems the Canadian Forces need for the TAPV.
 
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada also has the capabilities to provide testing support and the entire spectrum of Canada-based sustainment for the TAPV programme. This includes extensive long-term logistics, vehicle training, technical manuals and spare parts management.
 
Oshkosh and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada also are teaming to pursue the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS), which will replace the Canadian Forces’ Medium Logistics truck fleet. As with the TAPV programme, Oshkosh will leverage its current vehicle designs as it considers its submission for the MSVS.
 
Oshkosh selected Valley Associates Inc. in 2008 to be its exclusive Canadian representative. Valley Associates, established in 1993, is one of Canada’s leading full-service marketing firms. Valley Associates provides Oshkosh with support services in the areas of business development, program management and industrial benefits management. With offices located across Canada, Europe, the U.S. and South America, Valley Associates is uniquely positioned to provide its customers an unmatched immediacy of response. Valley Associates prides itself on working with the industry’s leading firms who are best in class in their respective markets.

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