The Canadian government has chosen General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada as the preferred bidder for the Logistics Vehicle Modernization (LVM) program, a major initiative to upgrade the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) fleet of logistics vehicles. This victory marks a significant step forward in ensuring the CAF’s readiness for missions both at home and abroad.
The LVM project seeks to replace the CAF’s aging fleet with new light and heavy logistics vehicles, trailers, and various modules. These modern vehicles will offer several key advantages over their predecessors including increased load capacity, enhanced mobility and greater protection.
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada – leading “The Power Team” – emerged victorious after a competitive bidding process involving several other renowned companies. “The Power Team” members include Marshall Canada, Mercedes-Benz (Daimler Trucks), SOFRAME, and Manac Inc
Rivals for the LVM program, which was first announced in 2019, included Team 45° North (Rheinmetall Canada, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) and Navistar Defence Canada), Iveco Defense Vehicles, Mack Defense, and Oshkosh Defense.
The Power Team proposal centers around the proven NATO-fielded Mercedes-Benz Zetros Truck, known for its ruggedness and versatility. Using a common chassis for different configurations, The Power Team promises over 90% commonality in parts and subsystems, simplifying maintenance and logistics.
The official contract is expected to be finalized in spring 2024, paving the way for the delivery of the new vehicles to the CAF.