China Steel, a locally owned business in Sault Ste. Marie, will be supporting Canada’s national defence with the production of made-in-Canada Armoured Combat Support Vehicles (ACSV). The Canadian Armed Forces can use ACSVs to respond to natural disasters and uphold Canada’s NATO defence commitments around the world.
Production on the first ACSV has begun in London, Ontario at the General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada manufacturing facilities. These new vehicles will fulfill a variety of support roles such as that of Troop/Cargo Vehicle (TCV), ambulance, command post, and mobile repair and recovery for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Locally, China Steel has been awarded a sub-contract to provide support to this procurement. This contract, worth over $1 million, will help sustain 10 jobs in Sault Ste. Marie during the pandemic while supporting the growth of an innovative local business.
“This contract has kept our employees working and earning a living during this pandemic. A large thank you to the Canadian Government and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for their support.” – Robert Guido, Manager, China Steel
This is a big step forward as the government continues to deliver on Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s first fully costed and funded defence policy. As per the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, General Dynamics will re-invest an amount equal to the value of the contract to create and sustain well-paying jobs across the country.
“Sault Ste. Marie’s thriving steel industry has supported thousands of well-paying middle-class jobs for many years. China Steel is part of this tradition. I’m proud of the innovative people at China Steel for helping keep Canada safe with this procurement project, and I’m proud that our government is helping sustain jobs in the Sault while standing up for our steel industry.”- Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedNor), and Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
These vehicles will replace the current fleets of M113 Tracked Light Armoured Vehicle (TLAV) and the LAV II Bison. The first vehicle is expected roll off the production line this December, with deliveries occurring through February 2025. Testing, training, and procurement of spare parts will be required before the initial vehicles are distributed to Canadian Armed Forces bases in 2022.