Canada to deliver 39 8x8 ACSV Armored Combat Support Vehicles to Ukraine

According to information published by the "CBC" website on June 30, 2022, during the NATO leaders summit that was held in Madrid from 29 to 30 June 2022, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is working on finalizing a deal to provide Ukraine with 39 8x8 Armored Combat Support Vehicles (ACSVs).
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Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV) Variant of the Armoured Combat Support Vehicle ACSV fleet for the Canadian army. (Picture source Canadian army)

The Armored Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) is a new 8x8 armored vehicle developed for the Canadian army based on the LAV 6.0 and that will replace the current Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) II Bison and M113 Tracked armored vehicle fleets. The LAV 6.0 is the fourth generation of LAV 8x8 Light Armored Vehicle and is based on the LAV III. It first started entering service with the Canadian army in 2013.

In September 2019, a contract was awarded to GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) Canada to produce 360 ACSV. The new and modern fleet of Armored Combat Support Vehicles (ACSV) will be delivered to the Canadian armed forces in ambulances, mobile repair and vehicle recovery vehicles, as well as engineer support vehicles and command posts, for both domestic and international operations.

Citing the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the ACSV 8x8 armored vehicles had been destined for the Canadian Army and were in the process of being delivered, but instead will be diverted for delivery to Ukraine.

The ACSV is based on the LAV 6.0 platform, an improved version of the LAV III 8x8 armored vehicle with an inherent Double-V hull and energy attenuated seats providing a high level of protection against ballistic and mine threats. The vehicle also features an upgraded driveline, suspension, larger tires, and a more powerful engine to deliver significantly increased payload and superior mobility performance.

The ACSV is powered by a Caterpillar C9 engine developing 450 hp. coupled to a ZF transmission with 7 forward and 1 reverse speed. The vehicle can run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.