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Canadians Buying Heavy Trucks for Afghanistan

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HLWV w. crane(click to view full) Despite a major emergency equipment buy launched prior to the latest Canadian deployment in Afghanistan, there’s no substitute for the reality of warfare to drive home key equipment gaps. While the need for medium-heavy helicopters remains as acute as ever given Boeing’s delivery schedules, land forces are seeing steady improvements and support from the government. Fresh on the heels of announcing its EROC buy of 16 counter-mine vehicles comes this DND release, re: a C$ 87 million (currently about $78.4 million) contract: “The Canadian Forces’ heavy logistics requirement is currently provided by a fleet of more than 1,200 unarmoured Heavy Logistics Vehicle Wheeled (HLVW) trucks that were procured in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, during operations in the Balkans, the threat of small arms fire, grenades and blast mines led the Army to develop an armour protection system (APS) for the HLVW. The APS components are made of steel, ceramic and ballistic glass… extremely heavy and could only be designed to defeat certain threats without seriously degrading the payload capacity and functionality… The HLVW currently provides the entire heavy logistics capability to Canadian Forces (CF) operations in Afghanistan, and is equipped with the […]

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