ArmorWorks Awarded Sub-Contract from GDLS-C
The $9.5 million sub-contract was awarded by GDLS-C to ArmorWorks, in Kelowna, British Columbia, for the production of seating and add-on armour for the Canadian Forces (CF) Light Armoured Vehicle III (LAV III).
“The announcement is welcome news for our Canadian Forces and the City of Kelowna,” said Mr. Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Our Government is delivering results on its twin objectives of giving the Canadian Forces the tools they need, while creating approximately 35 jobs right here in the Okanagan.”
“Our investments in renewing the Canadian Forces’ capabilities on land, sea and air are building a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century - while supporting Canadian workers across the country,” said Minister Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence.
ArmorWorks will provide approximately 2000 driver, turret, and troop energy attenuating seats, which are designed to absorb the acceleration of the seat’s occupant during a blast event. The company will also provide 100 vehicle armour sets, which will protect against small arms, as well as the fragmenting effects of Improvised Explosive Devices. The subcontract award announced today is expected to create 35 full and part time Canadian jobs in Kelowna, British Columbia.
“We welcome the addition of these ArmorWorks products to our vehicles which will help us to provide the best possible protection for the Canadian soldier,” said Ken Yamashita, Manager of Corporate Affairs for General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “We must always remember that soldiers entrust their lives to the quality of our vehicles.”
The LAV III Upgrade Project, one of four Family of Land Combat Vehicle projects announced by the Government of Canada in July 2009, will upgrade the LAV III fleet by improving the protection, mobility, and tactical effectiveness of the LAV III platform.