CCV Armoured Vehicles – DND/CF Backgrounder
– July 2009
CCV — Future Land Combat Systems' Close Combat Vehicle
This DND Backgrounder announces the CCV, a planned infantry fighting vehicle. The CF already has
IFVs in the form of LAV IIIs but DND takes pains to emphasize that CCVs are to be 'medium-
weight' vehicles with more armour protection and tactical mobility. Translation: CCV will be tracked and will not
be compromised by the LAV's weight and size restrictions. In other words, a CCV need not squeeze itself onto
smaller Hercules transport aircraft (which the LAV IIIs never do in any case).
Other than 108 CCVs being bought (with options on 30 more) and that these will be 25 to 45 tonne vehicles, there are
few details to be had. The expected timeline is contract awards by mid-2011, Initial Operational Capability
by July 2012, and fully operational by July 2015. DND's usual In-Service Support contract (likely for 20 years)
As the Backgrounder notes, CCV is part of a Family of Land Combat Vehicles – aka the
Family of Land Combat Systems (FLCS). But CCV
represents the only completely
new vehicle category within the family. The potential CCV candidates are now being whittled down. Promising
types, like Puma, were never entered. Others like Boxer were withdrawn. An extreme case was
possible rebuilt Marders.  An initial offer was refused. The maker, Rheinmetall, then built a re-armed and
massively-uparmoured prototype. DND must have provided another hostile reception since the IFV/CCV was never
With fully operational status not required until the summer of 2015, DND seems to be moving on CCV at its usual
leisurely pace. Of course, if the CF's mission in Kandahar is extended beyond 2011, DND may find that
unfamiliar levels of efficiency are needed.
 An initial Marder rebuild program was rejected by DND. In response, Rheinmetall responded with
their extensively redesigned IFV/CCV with a 30mm Lance MTS turret.
DND/Canadian Forces News Release
Backgrounder — Close Combat Vehicle [ CCV or ' Infantry Fighting
BG - 09.016 - July 8, 2009
The Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) will provide the Canadian Forces with a medium- weight infantry fighting vehicle that
is both highly protected and tactically mobile.
Unlike the other vehicles in the Family of Land Combat Vehicles [ FLCV ], the CCV is not replacing [an
existing vehicle type] in the current Canadian Forces fleet. Instead, the CCV will bridge the gap
between light armoured vehicles ( five to 20 tonnes) and heavy armoured vehicles (more than 45 tonnes),
coming in between 25 and 45 tonnes.
The CCV will allow infantry to operate in intimate support of the Leopard 2 tanks, pro- viding the Army with
a more balanced and integrated fleet. This vehicle's reliable pro- tection and enhanced mobility and
firepower will improve our troops' combat effective- ness on the battlefield of today and
The CCV project will involve the procurement and fielding of the armoured vehicles as well as the
development and implementation of a through-life in-service support contract [ such DND ISS contracts
generally being of 20 years duration].
The Canadian Forces will acquire 108 [of these] vehicles with an option for up to 30 more
[CCVs]. The contract is scheduled to be awarded by summer [of] 2011 with initial operational capability (IOC)
declared one year later in July 2012. The CCV is expected to reach full operational capability by July
The procurement process will be a competitive military off-the-shelf approach. A letter of interest and price and
availability (LOI/P&A) will be issued shortly. The project's definition phase will include a solicitation of
interest and qualifications (SOIQ) and a request for proposals (RFP).
The Government of Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits [IRB] policy applies to this project, meaning that the
winning company must generate economic activity in Canada, dollar for dollar equal to the contract value.