Textron Systems TAPV Displays for First Time Since Completing Reliability Testing for the Canadian Army
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 25, 2016 – Textron Systems Canada, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Canadian Armed Forces’ Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) will be displayed for the first time since completing a very rigorous Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability (RAMD) test program. The vehicle will be on display from May 25-26 at CANSEC at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
In order to successfully complete RAMD, the TAPV faced multiple operational tests, including driving more than 130,000 kilometers on challenging terrain that mimicked potential 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 contract requirements of 6,500 mean kilometers between critical failures (MKBCF).
“The Army has closely followed the testing of this vehicle and they [Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel] are relaying very positive feedback,”said Brigadier-General S.M. Cadden, Chief of Staff Army Strategy. “We are looking forward to fielding the TAPV to units.”
The TAPV is a 4x4 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. Notably, the Canadian Army states that the TAPV exceeds its requirements for protection levels, thereby offering an additional degree of confidence for soldiers in operational situations.
“The eight vehicles that completed this test program performed extremely well – exceeding the customer’s requirements,” says Textron Systems’ Mike Gelpi, Vice President of Land Vehicles. “We believe that these results prove that the TAPV is the most mobile, survivable and reliable vehicle in the world today. Textron Systems’ commitment to the TAPV program, and our partnership with Canada, is something we are extremely proud of. We look forward to beginning deliveries to the Canadian Army in the coming months.”
The first TAPV deliveries are scheduled to begin during the summer of 2016. 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.
During CANSEC, the TAPV will be located at Textron Systems’ outdoor exhibit #3036.
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