Canadian Army units to begin receiving TAPV in the summer
by David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, May 25, 2016
Textron Systems Canada, Inc., announced that the Canadian Forces’ Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) is being displayed for the first time since completing its Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability (RAMD) test program. The vehicle is on display at CANSEC at the EY Centre in Ottawa.
The first TAPV deliveries are scheduled to begin during the summer. No specific date has been announced but the deliveries are expected in late August. The fleet of 500 vehicles is expected to be distributed across seven bases. The Canadian Army expects to declare full operational capability by mid-2020.
TAPV has faced various problems – including suspension and drive issues. Textron says those issues have now been dealt with.
“The Army has closely followed the testing of this vehicle and they [Canadian Forces personnel] are relaying very positive feedback,” Brigadier-General S.M. Cadden, Chief of Staff Army Strategy, said in a statement n. “We are looking forward to fielding the TAPV to units.”
The TAPV is a 4×4 wheeled armoured vehicle specifically engineered and designed to provide survivability, mobility and versatility over the full spectrum of operations, according to Textron.
Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle
The Textron TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) is an armoured car currently in development for the Canadian Army. It is based on the M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle, developed for use by the military police of the US Armed Forces.
The Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program began in 2009, and in 2012 the contract was awarded to Textron Systems, Inc. The first production vehicles are slated to enter service in 2016. An eventual 500 vehicles will be purchased, with the option to order an addition 100.
Engine and suspension
The TAPV is powered by a Cummins QSL diesel engine, which provides 365 horsepower (272 kW), allowing the vehicle a maximum speed of 105 km/h, and a maximum range of 644 km. The vehicle utilizes an independent suspension axle system originally developed by Irish Timoney, and it has a central tire inflation system to prevent flat tires during combat operations.
The TAPV relies upon composite armour to provide the maximum protection to the vehicles occupants. The armour is slated as being 20% better than the armour on the M1117. The TAPV also has a V-shaped hull, which provides protection against mine and improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. The vehicle also has a high ground clearance, which increases protection from mine and IED blasts. It can withstand up to 10 kg of explosive force directly under its hull, and can resist even 12.7 mm armour-piercing rounds. Each of the seats in the vehicle are blast protected, and the vehicle has vented wheel wells to disperse the energy of an explosion out from the vehicle.
The TAPV is slated to have a remote weapons system based on the M151 Protector. The weapon system is called the Dual Remote Weapon System, and can mount both a C6 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun and either a HK GMG 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or a M2HB 12.7 mm heavy machine gun. The vehicle also possesses numerous smoke grenade launchers located throughout the hull.
One Textron TAPV demonstration vehicle was built in 2011. Currently, none of the 500 TAPVs ordered have been delivered to the Canadian Army, and thus they have yet to see combat. However, four pre-production vehicles have been delivered to the Canadian Army and have undergone various trials and training exercises with plans for an additional two to be delivered. First production vehicles were scheduled to be delivered in 2014, however deliveries were set back to begin in 2016 and will be completed in around 2018. The new vehicle will gradually replace the RG-31 Nyala MRAP vehicle and Coyote Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle, which are currently in service with the Canadian Army.
The first deliveries of the TAPV to the Canadian military are expected to take place in late summer 2016.
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