On May 3, the presentation of the Armored Assistance Vehicle (ACSV) to the Canadian Army took place, a spectacular but virtual ceremony due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, which included the presence of Defense Secretary Harjit Sajjan.
This first ACSV vehicle corresponds to the Troop Cargo Vehicle (TCV) variant, one of eight orders formalized in September 2019 for a change of 360 of these new vehicles, valued at 2 billion Canadian dollars (approximately 1,500 million US dollars) ).
As we analyzed last year, the ACSV is an 8×8 armored vehicle based on the LAV 6.0 platform and adapted to support missions such as combat ambulance, rescue vehicle or troop or cargo transport. Eight variants are configured in this version as an ambulance, recovery vehicle, engineering vehicle, mobile workshop, platform for electronic warfare, troop transport, freight transport or command post. They will replace the M113, recently dubbed the Tracked Light Armored Vehicle or TLAV in Canada, and the LAV II Bison in these tasks. They will be deployed from 2022 to complete deliveries in February 2025.
The ACSV is based on the 8×8 LAV 6.0 platform, an upgraded version of the LAV III with a double V-shaped hull to mitigate the effects of explosions on the underside of mines or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), seated with a shock wave, absorption and improved ballistic and mine protection. It has a new drive system consisting of a Caterpillar C9 engine with 450 hp, a ZF automatic transmission, new axles with larger wheels and greater mobility. It can reach 100 km / h and has a range of 600 km. This is the same starting point that General Dynamics used to configure LAV FSVs for Saudi Arabia that we analyzed in 2018.
Among other things, there are 8×8 vehicles with a raised roof without weapons, equipped with additional structures for the transport of cargo on the sides and back of the hull, as well as additional sight blocks in the upper part of the roof, next to the hatch of the head of the vehicle. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: The new ACSV (GDLS)
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