Designation:

LAV III Kodiak

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Manufacturer: General Dynamics Land Systems - GDLS - Canada  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Wheeled armoured personnel carrier  

The Canadian Army selected a version of the Swiss MOWAG Piranha III 8 x 8 light armoured vehicle (LAV) in early 1997 to meet its future requirements. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS)-Canada now manufactures the vehicle in Canada since MOWAG was taken over by GDIS in August 1999.

The Canadian Army is taking delivery of 651 LAV-III vehicles. The armoured personnel carrier version is fitted with the latest-generation GDIS turret armed with an ATK Gun Systems Company 25mm M242 canon and machine guns and a day/thermal sighting system that also includes a laser rangefinder. The 25mm version is also in production for New Zealand, which has ordered 105 units; the first deliveries took place in 2003.

Specialised versions for Canada include TOW Under Armour, pioneer and forward observation officer/mortar fire-control vehicles.

Standard equipment includes laser-warning receivers, powered steering, a central tyre-inflation system, a fire-detection and -suppression system, a winch, a nuclear, biological and chemical defensive system, applique passive armour, climate-control system and night-vision equipment.

The US Army has adopted a version of the LAV-III called the Stryker (see next entry) and further development by MOWAG has resulted in the latest Piranha Mk IV 8 x 8. The Canadian Army has also taken delivery of 203 Coyote reconnaissance vehicles based on a LAV-II 8x8 chassis with a similar turret; some of these vehicles possess a mast-mounted sensor pod fitted at the back.

GDLS-Canada has also manufactured earlier versions of the Piranha for Australia, Canada (6 x 6 and 8 x 8) and Saudi Arabia. The latter country has purchased 10 variants, including 120mm mortar and 90mm guns.

Specifications:
Property Value
Number of drive wheels
8
Number of wheels
8
Main weapon caliber (mm)
25
Auxiliary gun calibre (mm)
7.62
Auxiliary gun calibre (mm)
5.56
Weight (kg)
16329
Engine power output (h.p.)
350
Length (mm)
6940
Width (mm)
2667
Height (mm)
2692
Max. road speed (km/h)
100
Max. road range (km)
550

Included in:
Product Amount
MMEV (Fire support vehicle)
1

Has folowing part:
Total Amount
3126 ATAAC (Diesel engine)
1
ARROWS 300 (Remote controlled weapon station)
1
MD3066P (Transmission)
1

LAV III Kodiak quantities:
Country Qnt
AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
165
CANADA CANADA
651
COLOMBIA COLOMBIA
24
NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND
105
SAUDI ARABIA SAUDI ARABIA
1130
USA USA
784
Qnt:
2859

Last Contracts:
Qnt Customer Value Add Date
(Close Date)
Unit cost
3
COLOMBIA
$6.600.000
Feb 2013
(Dec 2013)
$2,200,000
24
COLOMBIA
$63.500.000
Jan 2013
(Jan 2015)
$2,645,833
33
CANADA
$46.300.000
Aug 2007
(Aug 2008)
$1,403,030
39
CANADA
$11.000.000
Mar 2005
(Jul 2007)
$282,051
294
USA
$600.000.000
Jan 2000
(Oct 2010)
$2,040,816
Average Unit Cost:
$1,850,891

All contracts...


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