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New Brunswick company enters race for new military vehicle

Published by Steve Coleman on September 07, 2011

New Brunswick manufacturers are banking on the Canadian Forces picking the Timberwolf as their new tactical armoured patrol vehicle.

Specialty vehicle maker Malley Industries Inc. announced Sept. 6 that it signed a deal with American designer Force Protection Industries Inc. for a made-in-Canada addition to the Army's fleet.

There are at least four designs from different groups for the contract. The final order could be for as many as 600 vehicles.

"If we collectively win that project, the vehicles will be put together right here in New Brunswick," Thomas Nisbett, marketing and corporate development with Malley Industries, said in an interview in the New Brunswick Business Journal.

The Dieppe, N.B. company says it would need to bring 120 more people on board to fill the order. Other east coast companies involved with the contract could create 300 indirect jobs if Malley Industries wins the bid.

The military has already purchased 34 of Malley's Timberwolf predecessor, the Cougar wheeled combat vehicle.

As a part of the rating system the Army plans to blow up the prototypes to see how well the trucks and the people inside would survive an improvised explosive device, insurgents' weapon of choice against armoured vehicles.

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