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Rheinmetall Canada Inc.

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Land Vehicles and Crew Training

Rheinmetall Canada is celebrating 35 years of Canadian innovation and trusted partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces and its allies. Its sustained focus on providing troops with the best equipment has led the company to invest heavily in Canada’s manufacturing sector. These investments – nearly $1.3 billion in IRB/ITB obligations to date – continue to strengthen the Canadian supply chain and, through its many partners, creating and maintaining solid jobs coast-to-coast.
 
Canadian Vehicle Programs
Rheinmetall Canada’s sister company, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), develops, manufactures, and delivers highly versatile trucks to military customers worldwide. A world leader in logistic land mobility solutions, RMMV has a 100+ year history of truck manufacturing for demanding military applications. 
 
The company’s HX series may be just what Canada is looking for in its Logistic Vehicle Modernization (LVM) and Enhanced Recovery Capability (ERC) projects. If awarded the contracts, Rheinmetall Canada says its solutions will create even more quality jobs here at home. 
 
Alain Tremblay, V-P Business Development and Innovation, also notes the company’s commitment to building a long-term partnership before, during, and after delivery of the solution. “Rheinmetall Canada will be there for the support and maintenance of the fleets for their entire service life.”
 
The HX trucks offer reliability in all climates, off-road capabilities, and – most importantly – robust passenger protection. Designed for high payloads and rugged terrain, the HX trucks function as cargo/troop or mission payload carriers, as well as heavy equipment tractors. 
 
 
These highly versatile trucks are thriving on the world stage and have a well-established group of user nations including Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Denmark, and Sweden.
 
Purpose-built for military use, these specially adapted vehicles offer more than transport. Designed to play a vital role in achieving successful mission outcomes, they are true “enablers” of deployed forces. Accordingly, RMMV develops its vehicles to meet the specific requirements faced by demanding military applications, while keeping troops agile and enabling them to safely perform more complex missions. 
 
The successful outcome of all vehicle projects Rheinmetall Canada has been involved in are evidence of its enduring dedication to each of its endeavours. These initiatives include the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project with its partner Textron, in which 500 vehicles have been customized, integrated, and delivered; the repair and overhaul of 42 Leopard 2 A4 training tanks; and the conversion of 12 Leopard 2 A4 tanks to the Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) configuration. 
 
Land Vehicle Crew Training System Project
The upcoming LVCTS project, an important simulation and instructional system to support Canadian Army training for decades to come, has led to an industrial teaming arrangement of key expertise. An agreement signed in June 2020 brought together Lockheed Martin Canada, Rheinmetall Electronics of Germany, and Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions (USA), under the leadership of Rheinmetall Canada. This team possesses specialized capabilities in modern combat vehicle virtual simulation and decades of experience in the training of ground combat forces. The team will draw from and offer cutting-edge technology of advanced combat vehicle simulation programs currently in service around the globe with NATO and other key allied forces. 
 
The team is enlisting Canadian companies as key domestic partners for the LVCTS program. These companies will be responsible for developing new Canadian technologies and capabilities, and for the domestic production and integration of hardware and software developed by the partners.
 
For Rheinmetall, this project is about more than the technological solutions themselves – it is about providing long-term, strategic benefits to Canada and the Canadian Army. Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin will provide custom-built simulation centres at five Canadian Forces bases that will enable and support the fundamental transformation of the Army’s training system. The LVCTS solution will be fully aligned with the Canadian Army’s modernization strategy and will ensure the effective training and preparation of Canadian forces for the challenges of today and tomorrow. 
 
Critical Infrastructure Protection 
Over the past decade, Rheinmetall Canada’s Persistent Surveillance System (PSS) has met success on the home front and abroad. Having been deployed in several theatres of operations, including the 2018 G7 summit, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and military mission in Afghanistan, it is a surveillance system of choice for the Canadian Armed Forces. 
 
Rheinmetall Canada’s PSS has also been adopted by other NATO countries, such as providing surveillance support services to overseas deployment missions of the German Army.
 
The Canadian government recently awarded Rheinmetall Canada a rolling one-year sustainment contract for the PSS starting in 2021, with potential of annual extensions.
 
Contact Info:
 
 
Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
225, boulevard du Séminaire Sud, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC, J3B 8E9
Contact: Alain Tremblay, V-P Business Development and Innovation
Tel: +1-450-358-2000

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