Textron, Rheinmetall and Kongsberg announce $100 M Contract on Canadian Forces TAPV Program

Textron Systems Canada Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, Rheinmetall Canada Inc., and Kongsberg Protech Systems (KPS) Canada today announced a $100 million CAD contract for work to be performed by KPS Canada on the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) project. This is a sub-contract within the $205 million CAD contract between Textron Systems and Rheinmetall that was announced in October 2012.

This contract will help to sustain 16 jobs and create approximately 16 more jobs – doubling the workforce at KPS Canada’s London, Ontario production facility, which opened just over a year ago in November 2011. The contract also fulfills a portion of Textron Systems’ participation in Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy arising from the government’s purchase of 500 Textron TAPVs.

This contract extends KPS Canada’s work with the Government of Canada and strengthens the company’s position as the world market leader for remotely controlled weapon stations. Since 2005, the company has been supplying the PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) to the Canadian Forces. On the TAPV project, KPS Canada will deliver a new technological innovation with the Dual Remote Weapon Station (DRWS). This remote weapon station features two mounted weapons that can be operated by both the vehicle commander and gunner. These capabilities provide additional safety and protection for soldiers in the field by allowing them to operate the DRWS from within the vehicle reducing their exposure to enemy fire.

“Participation in the TAPV project is of strategic importance to Kongsberg Protech Systems,” said KPS Canada’s President Jørn Buø. “Kongsberg Protech Systems production and participation in the TAPV program will strengthen London, Ontario as a Canadian contributor to the ground based defense industry. KPS Canada and Kongsberg are already a large and reliable supplier in the region, the province and in Canada. This contract has created a unique opportunity for further growth locally.”

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Textron Systems and Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada,” said Rheinmetall Canada’s President and CEO, Dr. Andreas Knackstedt. “Together we will deliver state of the art equipment to the Army, and provide value for taxpayers’ money, while creating highly skilled jobs in Canada.”

In June 2012, the Textron TAPV Team, led by Textron Systems, was selected to manufacture 500 Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) with options for up to 100 more. The TAPV contract has a value of $603.4 million CAD, with an additional five-year in-service support contract of $105.4 million CAD.

Ottawa-based Textron Systems Canada, as prime contractor, will provide overall TAPV program and configuration management, act as design authority for change management, coordinate vehicle integration activities by Canadian subcontractors, and manage the In-Service Support contract. Textron Systems Canada will also be implementing a Canadian Industrial and Regional Benefits program designed to bring employment to Canadians and new expertise and opportunities to Canadian companies.

“Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada’s DRWS is a key element in our TAPV. As a teammate in implementing the delivery of the TAPV to the Canadian Army, they will help bring economic benefits to Canada,” said Neil Rutter, general manager of Textron Systems Canada. “In the coming months, we will continue to sign agreements with other best-in-class Canadian suppliers who will help us deliver a fleet of Textron TAPVs that provide Canadian soldiers with unmatched performance and protection for decades.”

In addition to Rheinmetall Canada and KPS Canada, the Textron TAPV team includes EODC – Engineering Office Deisenroth Canada (Ottawa, ON).

The Textron TAPV is the most reliable and technologically advanced vehicle of its kind. It draws on the company’s more than 45 years of experience in the design and production of armoured vehicles. The Textron TAPV will provide the Canadian Forces with the optimal balance of survivability, mobility and versatility, while delivering outstanding performance in the world’s most challenging environments. Extensively tested to confirm ballistic, blast, mobility and reliability levels, the Textron TAPV has been engineered to meet and exceed Canada’s requirements.

Source: Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
Date: Jan 28, 2013