Route-Clearing Vehicle Purchase – DND/CF News Release – 07 May 2006
Dep't of National Defence / Canadian Forces News Release
New Route-Opening Vehicles:
Cougar, Buffalo, and Husky
The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces announce the EROC ( Expedient Route-Opening
Capability) consisting of three new vehicle types: the South African Husky mine detector vehicle, and two US types, the Buffalo and Cougar
All three types are to be purchased through the United States military – the six Huskys
through the US Army, and the five Cougar EOD team transports and the five Buffalo Mine Protected
Clearance Vehicles through the US Marine Corps (the actual order being placed by the US Navy). Deliveries are to
begin in August 2007 (with direct deployment to Afghanistan) and run until 2008.
The content of the DND/CF News Release is reproduced directly below. Beneath that is the original
news release published by Force Protection, Inc., 01 May 2007.
DND/Canadian Forces News
New Vehicles to Enhance Protection Against Improvised Explosive Devices
NR–07.034 - May 7, 2007
The importance of keeping Canada' troops safe when engaged in deployed operations was
underlined today with the announcement of a new detection and route clearing system for the Canadian Forces
( CF ). The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, and General
Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff, today announced the acquisition of new vehicle-based systems
for detecting, investigating and disposing of explosive threats such as improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) and mines.
The Expedient Route Opening Capability ( EROC ) systems will conduct mounted searches for buried
improvised explosive devices using three types of highly specialized
vehicles: the Husky, the Buffalo and the Cougar. The systems will be acquired
through the United States military; use in operations have proven how highly successful these EROC
systems are. Canada intends to obtain a total of 16 vehicles, including six Husky, five Buffalo, and
five Cougar 6x6 vehicles.
"Providing Canadian soldiers with the protection they need is of the utmost importance. That is why this
government is making sure that they have a capability to detect, investigate and dispose of IEDs, thus improving
safety for our vehicle crews," said Minister O'Connor. "Acquiring these
proven systems will ensure that this urgent operational requirement is met."
"Buried IEDs have become the weapon of choice [used] against CF forces in Afghanistan. These new vehicle
systems will give commanders highly effect- ive tools that they can use to find and neutralize those IEDs that pose
threats to our soldiers," said General Hillier. "They will not only improve protection
for the soldiers and vehicles using the cleared routes, they will also provide high levels of
protection to the clearing crews themselves. These systems will perfectly compliment the outstanding
service of the RG-31 Nyala armoured infantry
The Husky provides the detection capability, with a landmine overpass capability and a mounted
full-width metal detector enabling the detection of targets located in the roadbed or along the verges.
Once a target has been detected, the Buffalo will use its extendable arm
and remote controlled camera to physically expose the potential target for verification and
identification. The Cougar will transport the Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Operators and their vast array of tools, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal
robots, to dispose of the IED.
Task Force Afghanistan, until recently, was supported by the US military's Route Clearance Package;
however, with the transition to [ISAF] the International Secu- rity Assistance Force, the US assets have
been redeployed ... Their proven track record and unique performance is not
currently available anywhere else in the world, and Canada has chosen to move quickly to meet the
needs of the Canadian Forces by working with our American ally to procure the vehicles.
Initial deliveries directly to Afghanistan will begin in August 2007, with final deliv- ery anticipated late in
the year. The acquisition of the vehicles, along with two years of integrated
logistics support, training and field service support will cost approximately $29.6
The Buffalo and Cougar vehicles will be provided by the US Marine Corps
and are built by Force Protection Industries of Ladson, South Carolina. The Husky will be acquired
through the US Army and is manufactured in South Africa by Rolling Stock Division [RSD] of DCD-Dorbyl [ located in
Boksburg SA, south of Pretoria].
Force Protection Industries to Deliver Armored Vehicles to Canadian Forces
Publisher: Force Protection, Inc.
LADSON, S.C. – Force Protection, Inc. today announced it has received an $8.867 million [ 8.867 USD = 9.77M CAD]
contract award to produce Buffalo and Cougar mine-protected vehicles for the Canadian
Expeditionary Force Command (CEF- COM ). [The United States] Marine Corps Systems
Command will administer the contract under a foreign military sales agreement (FMS) [ as yet unpublished
The order, which marks the first contract between Canada and the South Carolina- based manufacturer, calls for
five Buffalo and five Cougar vehicles, spare parts, training, and field
service representatives. Vehicle deliveries are scheduled to begin no later than August
2007 [ and continue through to May of 2008 ].
Force Protection's armored vehicles have been deployed in support of U.S. and Allied engineers, explosive
ordnance disposal teams and other first response units in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.
They have an unmatched record for troop safety, having withstood in excess of 2,000
explosive attacks in more than 100,000 days of heavy combat operations.
"We are pleased to be recognized once again as a world leader in blast and ballistic protection
that effectively counters the global threats of insurgent ambushes and improvised
explosive devices," said Force Protection Vice President for Program Management
Damon Walsh. "This initial, urgent order will go directly to CEFCOM for immediate deployment.
Based on past per- formance, we know it will save Canadian lives."
About Force Protection Industries
Force Protection, Inc. manufactures ballistic- and mine-protected vehicles through its wholly owned subsidiary.
These specialty vehicles protect against landmines, hostile fire, and Improvised Explosive
Devices ( IEDs, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). Force Protection's mine and
ballistic protection technologies are among the most advanced in the world. The vehicles
are manufactured outside Charleston, S.C.
For more information on Force Protection and its vehicles, visit www.forceprotection.net.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements ...