First TAPV

Textron Systems Canada Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced on August 19 the delivery of the first Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) to the Canadian Army. The Canadian Army is fielding the first vehicles to the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown and the 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier.

COMMANDO Elite is the Canadian Forces vehicle of choice for its Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Program
COMMANDO Elite is the Canadian Forces vehicle of choice for its Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Program

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. The comprehensive, modern design is aimed at shielding troops from ballistics and roadside blasts while providing large power reserves for future electronics enhancements, with an ergonomically designed interior for optimum comfort and payload.

«We believe the TAPV is the most mobile, survivable and reliable armoured vehicle in the world today», said Textron Systems Vice President of Land Systems Richard Valenti. «We are excited to start these deliveries to the Canadian Army and support the program through operational capability and beyond».

In April 2016, the TAPV completed a very rigorous Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability (RAMD) test program during which it faced multiple operational tests, including driving more than 130,000 kilometers/80,778 miles on challenging terrain representing operational profiles prescribed by the Canadian Army. The TAPV’s RAMD testing also included firing the remote weapons station and conducting more than 4,700 hours of remote weapons station usage, including 1,650 hours of silent watch operations. Testing was conducted over three months, day and night, six days per week. The final results showed that the TAPV exceeded the reliability and maintainability requirements of the contract.

Textron Systems plans to deliver at least 30 vehicles per month to the Canadian Army with all 500 vehicles scheduled to be delivered by December 2017. The fleet will be distributed across seven bases. The Canadian Army expects to declare full operational capability by mid-2020.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

WEIGHT
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) 40,700 lbs/18,460 kg
Curb Weight 36,300 lbs/16,460 kg
PERFORMANCE (at 38,000 lbs/17,236.5 kg)
Speed (level hard surface) 65 mph/105 km/h
Range @ 50 mph/80 km/h 400 miles/644 km
Gradient 60%
Side Slope 30%
Vertical Wall 24 inch/0.6 m
Fording 60 inch/1.5 m
TIRES
Michelin 16.00R20 XZL with Hutchinson run flat inserts
SUSPENSION
Fully independent front and rear, upper and lower control arms
POWER TRAIN
Engine Cummins QSL 365, 365 hp, 1,113 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed, Allison 3200SP
ARMAMENT
Various (depending on customer needs)
SURVIVABILITY
Protects against direct and indirect weapons, mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Unaided 360 degrees
OTHER MISSION EQUIPMENT OPTIONS
Add-on Armor Customer specification
Turret Enhancements Customer specification
Alternator 400- and 575-amp alternator
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Customer specification
NAV/GPS Customer specification
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Individual/Overpressure Customer specification
360-Degree Situational Awareness (Night/Day) Customer specification
SEATING
With turret 3 crew, 2 dismounts
With Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) or Remote Weapon Station (RWS) 2 crew, 4 dismounts

 

Textron Systems Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV)

 

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