The Canadian Army's new armed vehicles are hampered by rollover and fires, the latest of several problems affecting a $ 600 million fleet.
Since April 2014, 10 incidents have occurred, when Tactical Armed Patrol vehicles have turned sideways, six where they are fully overturned, and four where they are lit.
Even Finn, Deputy Minister of Defense for Defense, told Postmedia that there were no serious injuries as a result of accidents. But the problems are not the first to hit Tactical Armored Vehicles or TAPVs.
The TAPV program has undergone a number of significant technical issues, particularly affecting vehicle mobility, and then in August 2014, Minister of Defense Robert Nicholson was informed. an information document issued under the Access to Information Act.
The technical issues significantly delayed the vehicle inspection program by adding a document. "These accumulating incidents related to the ability of the vehicle to travel in distances in the middle field led to the project office to complete the existing testing, which could no longer be continued."
In 2012, the Conservative Government announced a TAPV agreement as part of the Canadian Army's reconstruction. Canada bought 500 TAPV from US defense company Textron for $ 603 million in costs. The TAPV is a wheeled vehicle that will familiarize itself with the track and surveillance, safety, command and control, as well as the transportation of armed personnel and equipment.
As a result of various incidents, it is said that further quality assurance tests are being carried out. "It's high on the ground so it can be much faster," he explained on the vehicle. "(But) it carries a high center of gravity."
"It's probably about vehicle training and understanding," added Finn.
None of the vehicles due to accidents has been written off according to the Canadian army. "The review of key TAPV incidents has shown that the most common factors in these incidents are human error, as vehicles have a limited lifetime," Postmedia noted in an email.
The army pointed out that accident investigation did not reveal any structural or mechanical damage. "Primary reports of most of these incidents (rollover and deviation) were attributed to a number of factors, such as operator experience, high vehicle center of gravity, weather conditions and / or vehicle speed," said e-mail.
It's high on the ground, so it can be much faster
The army did not provide any explanations for the four fires in TAPV.
The army noted that it was considering restrictions on the speed at which vehicles could operate, as well as "rollover risk reduction" and "recommendations, such as the use of new technologies to improve the experience of new drivers and crew members."
The army did not provide details on these new technologies or initiatives.
The TAPV project will cost taxpayers a total of $ 1.2 billion, which includes not only vehicles but also the construction of infrastructure to accommodate them, as well as the purchase of ammunition and equipment support.
The initial problems with steering and other issues delayed the delivery of vehicles. After addressing this issue, the army had to fight for brakes last year and the distance needed to stop the vehicles. TAPV is a heavy vehicle and requires more braking distances with higher speeds than most new drivers have come to know, DanD Baneillier, DND, said in July 2018.
The TAPV fleet is distributed in seven bases and 24 units across Canada. The Canadian Army has announced that it plans to declare its full operational capability by mid-2020 with training for all operators. TAPV was first deployed in spring 2017 to assist companies affected by the Quebec floods.