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Canada picks winning bidder for modernizing logistics vehicle project

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The Canadian government selected General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada as the preferred bidder for the Logistics Vehicle Modernization (LVM) program, an initiative aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) fleet of logistics vehicles.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, leading “The Power Team,” secured victory in a competitive bidding process involving Marshall Canada, Mercedes-Benz (Daimler Trucks), SOFRAME, and Manac Inc.

Under the prime integrator role of GDLS-Canada, Marshall will manufacture a variety of interchangeable containerized mission modules. These modules are designed to be mounted onto Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks, offering a common vehicle chassis for all configurations.

“Today’s milestone is an important step forward in this project,” said Canadian Minister of National Defense Bill Blair. “This decision brings the Canadian Army closer to receiving the vehicles that it needs to continue to protect Canadians.”

Competing for the LVM program, which was announced in 2019, were contenders like Team 45° North (Rheinmetall Canada, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), and Navistar Defense Canada), Iveco Defense Vehicles, Mack Defense, and Oshkosh Defense.

The LVM project will acquire new fleets of light and heavy logistics vehicles, trailers, vehicle modules, and armor protection kits. This new, modern fleet will be able to carry a larger load, be more mobile, and provide increased protection to help ensure the CAF can continue meeting national and global missions.

The contract is expected to be granted in the spring of 2024, contingent upon receiving final government approvals.