BAE Systems yesterday said it signed a teaming agreement with Bluedrop Performance Learning as part of its bid to provide the best of Canadian technology and capability on its response to the Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program.

“We are confident we have the best solution and the best strategic partnerships to deliver on all aspects of the TAPV program,” said Chris Chambers, general manager and vice president BAE Systems Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. "We are dedicated to continued investment in Canadian industry through all the BAE Systems programs.”

Bluedrop will provide training support to the DND for the BAE Systems TAPV vehicle fleet. The training element of the teaming agreement will include all operator training for the vehicle system and remote weapon system, including all related maintenance training for the first line support organizations in the Canadian Forces.

In June, BAE said it has teaming agreements with DEW Engineering and Thales Canada.

“Bluedrop is proud to support the BAE Systems TAPV team in offering the Canadian Forces a new standard of survivability, mobility and fighting capability,” said Allen Dillon, EVP Defence and Aerospace at Bluedrop. “Our aim is focused directly on providing the very best training available to the men and women in uniform, ultimately contributing to their success and safety as they perform their mission.”

Bluedrop would lead and coordinate the training program for TAPV at several operating and support bases in Canada, ensuring the Canadian Forces have the necessary skill to deliver and support the BAE Systems TAPV fleet throughout its lifecycle.

The effort includes the design and development of the training framework, materials, aids and simulation devices that will ensure the readiness of Canadian Forces to operate and support a new standard in Combat Vehicles.

The purpose built RG35 Reconnaissance, Patrol and Utility (RPU) base vehicle, with Thales Canada and DEW Engineering integrated systems, is expected to deliver the crucial balance of proven survivability and tactical mobility Canadian troops currently need and will require in the future.  

BAE has operated in Canada since 2000.