ADSTOCK, Québec – April 19, 2012 – Rheinmetall Canada Inc., a RH Defence company, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Usicast Industries, of Adstock, Quebec for possible work on the Textron Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) for the Canadian Forces. Textron has submitted a proposal to supply 500 vehicles to the Canadian Army, with an option for up to 100 additional TAPVs. Rheinmetall Canada, as a Textron TAPV teammate, would use Usicast as a subcontractor.
As a proven supplier to Rheinmetall Canada, Usicast would be an important Canadian supplier for the Textron TAPV program. Usicast manufactures machine and metal fabricated parts at its facility in Adstock, Quebec that would be used to produce Textron`s TAPV. Rheinmetall Canada is also intending to use Usicast for additional orders under contract with Rheinmetall Canada such as the Close Area Weapon Systems (CASW) for the Canadian Army.
“The Government of Canada has stated it wants to procure the best possible equipment for the Canadian Army. We have engaged Rheinmetall Canada, who source from suppliers like Usicast Industries, to ensure that the Textron TAPV we propose to deliver will be the best option to protect Canadian soldiers,” said Neil Rutter, general manager of Textron Systems Canada.
“Rheinmetall Canada is proud to team with Textron Systems Canada on the TAPV project. Should Textron be selected to provide the Canadian Army with its TAPV fleet; we will be pleased to have final vehicle assembly done in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu Quebec; including components from reliable suppliers like Usicast in Adstock,” said Robert Fortin, director, armoured vehicles at Rheinmetall Canada.
“Usicast is proud to support Rheinmetall Canada for the upcoming TAPV program,” said Laurier Blanchette, president, Usicast Industries Inc. “We have delivered machine and metal fabricated parts to Rheinmetall Canada on various projects since 2005; the TAPV program is a major opportunity for Usicast to expand its business.”
The Textron TAPV is the most reliable and technologically advanced vehicle of its kind, and it draws on the company’s more than 45 years of experience in the design and production of armoured vehicles. A technology readiness level 8 vehicle, 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.
If awarded the TAPV contract, Textron Systems Canada will become the prime contractor for the program; and through its Industrial and Regional Benefits obligations to Canada, Textron expects to bring new opportunities to other Canadian companies such as Rheinmetall Canada and Usicast.
About Rheinmetall Canada Inc.
With engineering and production facilities in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and a business development office in Ottawa, Rheinmetall Canada is renowned for its expertise in the design and manufacturing of defence electronics, weapon systems, and vehicle integration for both domestic and international customers. For the Canadian Forces, the company is the prime contractor on several key programs, including the repair and overhaul of the Leopard 2 A4 training tanks and the close area suppression weapon – the army’s digitized 40 mm grenade launcher. More information is available at www.rheinmetall.ca
About Usicast Industries Inc.
Usicast Industries from Adstock, Quebec, is specialised in the machining of high-value-added parts on computer-controlled machine tools. Recognized for its experience and the quality of its work, Usicast Industries closely works with the customer through each step of the process when developing new products. The geographical proximity of Montreal and Quebec city, as well as of the U.S. border allows us to offer competitively priced quality products. Industries Usicast offers comprehensive solutions in the military, energy, aircraft, recreational and industrial domains.
About Textron Systems
For information about Textron, please visit www.textrontapv.ca.