Rheinmetall partners with Navistar Defence Canada to bid for Canada’s Logistics Vehicle Modernization project

Image: Team 45⁰ North.

Rheinmetall Canada and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) are partnering with Navistar Defence Canada to pursuit Canada’s Logistics Vehicle Modernization (LVM) project. Named Team 45⁰ North (45⁰N), the two military vehicle manufacturers will draw on over 200 years of combined expertise in developing technical solutions in the realm of defence and vehicle programmes in Canada. Team 45⁰N will offer the Canadian Army battle-tested trucks that are purpose-built for military use.

Team 45⁰N

According to the news release, with the team’s experience in various logistics vehicle solutions and in the execution of complex defence projects, it offers a low-risk, high-quality solution for Canada’s LVM project.

Rheinmetall Canada, for decades, has been involved with the Canadian Armed Forces in several programmes. As a system integrator in the defence and security industry and a dependable provider of in-service support to large Canadian vehicle projects, Rheinmetall Canada is known for its collaborative approach in working with its customers throughout the full lifecycle of their programmes. 

RMMV brings unique skills and deep knowledge to the team since it has successfully developed, built, and serviced military vehicles around the globe for more than a century. The company offers a complete range of services, including project management, systems engineering and integration, through-life support, repair and maintenance, as well as spares management. 

Navistar Defence Canada rounds out Team 45⁰N and brings significant experience in working with the Canadian government. The company delivered 1,300 militarized commercial-off-the-shelf (MilCOTS) vehicles to the Department of National Defence for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project to support domestic and expeditionary missions. It continues to provide logistic support through its vast parts and service network across Canada. The company also supplied the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with armoured personnel carriers to provide increased protection and rescue capabilities for RCMP officers and members of the public in high-risk situations.

The solution

Team 45⁰N plans to offer a comprehensive LVM solution that fulfills the Canadian Army’s logistics mission profile, specifically designed to meet military requirements – durability, protection, payload capacity, mobility, and all-terrain capability.

RMMV’s HX series of tactical trucks already has a successful track record globally and has a well-established group of user nations, including Canada’s close allies (Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) as well as other NATO nations (Germany, Norway, Denmark) and western countries (Austria, Sweden). These reliable military vehicles excel in all climates, are off road capable, and – most importantly – offer an unparalleled level of protection to soldiers. The combat-proven ready-to-use design can also be upgraded and modified according to specific customer needs. A true military off-the-shelf solution, the HX family of vehicles combines professional logistics with force mobility support and tactical special role applications, making it a reliable enabler for joint operations in complex environments.

Navistar Defence Canada provides unrivalled domestic and expeditionary logistic vehicle solutions. Its vehicles are among the most versatile in the world. The flexible platforms are easily tailored to meet specific mission requirements and configured in several variants such as water tankers; petroleum, oil and lubricant trucks; general troop transporters; wreckers; dump trucks; heavy equipment transport trucks; and more. They have been used in recent natural disaster relief missions in Canada and have been a key logistics force-multiplier on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If selected, Team 45⁰N will draw on a coast-to-coast network of suppliers to help bolster a Canadian workforce and supply chain for the LVM project.

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