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29 May 13. Rheinmetall: A competent and sought after partner in Canada. Rheinmetall Canada celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011. In the same year, the company with around 250 employees presented itself with a new structure – with four new business units (Vehicle Integration, Weapon Systems, Air Defence and Electronic Systems) providing a strong framework for successful operations in this market. A number of positive developments have since been reported, underpinning the success of the company’s reorganization. Today, the company is respected as a highly competent and sought-after partner with a broad product portfolio. At CANSEC 2013 Rheinmetall is presenting an overview of its products and projects in Canada at his indoor stand 1121 as well as on its outdoor stand 2102. In September 2010 Rheinmetall Canada won the C$26m contract for overhaul and modernization of 42 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks to specifications of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. The first vehicles were already delivered to the Gagetown base in May 2012 where the MBT was subjected to an intensive test program. Work is progressing well and meanwhile the fleet has been commissioned into service. The order is to be completed within this year. Rheinmetall also won the order to convert twelve Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBT) into armoured recovery vehicles. Additionally, Rheinmetall is delivering several Leopard 2 MBT gunnery skills simulators as well as driving simulators to the Canadian Forces. Rheinmetall Canada has therefore become the focal point for the Leopard 2 family in North America. The system house can offer complete In-Service Support (ISS) for the entire life cycle of the Leopard 2 – in keeping with the philosophy of “one face to the customer”. Rheinmetall Canada invested large sums into its infrastructure at the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu headquarters in order to optimize and modernize vehicle production and system integration. Not to forget the successful and long-standing cooperation with the Canadian Forces and local as well as international companies like Textron, Kongsberg, Saab and IAI Elta. In doing so, Rheinmetall has acquired an excellent reputation as a defence systems company. This was clearly one of the key factors why Textron decided to select Rheinmetall Canada as its partner in the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project. During the production phase of the TAPV fleet, Rheinmetall will perform the critical final assembly and test of the vehicles. Rheinmetall will also integrate essential sub-systems such as the Remotely Controlled Weapon Station, the Vehicle Navigation System and the Driver Vision Enhancement System. The production phase of the acquisition contract is expected to span from July 2014 to March 2016.
29 May 13. Navistar Defence Canada, Inc. will demonstrate the proven state-of-the-art commercial towing and recovery technology of the MaxxPro® Recovery Vehicle (MRV) this week at CANSEC. The MRV as well as a multimedia presentation of Navistar Defence’s Military Commercial off the Shelf (MILCOTS) armored cab solution will be on display at Canada’s largest defence and security trade show. The MRV combines mobility, power, survivability and recovery into one fully off-road capable vehicle. The vehicle features an auxiliary fuel tank for increased mission range, rear steps and grab handles to enhance the safety of recovery operations and the battle-proven MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected survivability solution. The MRV also maneuvers in soft soil—attaining closer proximity to down vehicles. With more than 390 units fielded with the U.S. Military, the MRV pairs the MaxxPro vehicle with heavy duty commercially available recovery equipment—providing much needed ca