||Canada : CFB Gagetown takes possession of new logistics trucks
||Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, visited members of the Canadian Armed Forces at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown to observe the new logistics trucks that have been delivered to the base. These trucks support Canadas defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, in delivering the modern equipment the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces depend on to do their jobs.
Support vehicles like these trucks form the backbone of ground transportation for our Regular and Reserve forces. They are at the heart of nearly every domestic and international Canadian Armed Forces operation, moving critical equipment, personnel and supplies to wherever they need to be. Whether helping Canadian communities deal with severe flooding or other national disasters, or supporting NATO operations in Latvia and throughout Eastern Europe, these new trucks will serve our women and men for decades to come.
Of the over 1500 trucks purchased, 218 will be delivered to the Atlantic region for use by the Canadian Armed Forces, including the Reserves. The trucks will come in five variants ranging in use and size from regular cargo truck to a large tractor that can tow artillery. The cabs of these trucks can also be switched to an armoured version, which will provide better protection to personnel operating in high-risk environments.
The purchase of these trucks is subject to Canadas Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, which means that for every dollar the government spends on major defence purchases, the winning contractor must put a dollar back into Canadas economy. Through this policy, the governments purchasing power is being used to support innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs.
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