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Additional G Wagons to be Purchased
OTTAWA, July 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Department of National Defence has
exercised an $81-million option to purchase an additional 357 Mercedes-Benz
Gelaendewagen (G Wagon) vehicles and 20 Armour Protection System (APS) kits
for the Canadian Forces.
"The versatile G Wagon has been an important element in soldiers being
able to conduct operations in Operation ATHENA and in helping our soldiers
gain the trust and respect of the people of Afghanistan," said General Ray
Henault, Chief of the Defence Staff. "The G Wagon will contribute to the Land
Force's requirement to conduct sustained, effective combat and support
operations, and meet the peacetime training requirement."
The G Wagon light utility vehicles are an integral component of a modern,
combat-capable force. Last year, the Department of National Defence awarded a
$130 million contract to Mercedes-Benz Canada for 802 vehicles and 150 Armour
Protection Systems. Included in the original contract was an option to
purchase additional vehicles, which the department has exercised, bringing the
total number of G Wagons to 1159.
The additional 357 vehicles will replace the capabilities currently
provided by the Cougar direct fire support vehicles, and the Iltis light
utility vehicles. The new vehicles, which will be delivered to Reserve Armour
units and Regular Force Infantry Reconnaissance Platoons across Canada, will
result in a potential cost savings of approximately $3.2 million annually.
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