RCMP debuts new Tactical Armoured Vehicles

The RCMP has received delivery of a fleet of new Tactical Armoured Vehicles (TAVs) that will enhance the safety of officers

  • Aug. 15, 2012 7:00 p.m.

The RCMP has received delivery of a fleet of new Tactical Armoured Vehicles (TAVs) that will enhance the safety of officers involved in critical incidents.

The 18 TAVs will be used by Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) across Canada as their primary support vehicle when responding to calls. They are adaptable and designed to maximize safety for a wide range of incidents that the ERTs face, including hostage takings, armed standoffs, barricaded persons and search and rescue operations.

The arrival of these one-of-a-kind vehicles marks the culmination of years of extensive research and development, all with the goal of giving RCMP members the vehicle best suited for their wide-ranging requirements. They were designed and built by Navistar Defence Canada Inc.

““We’re proud to have acquired this impressive tool,” said Commissioner Bob Paulson. “It will help keep our members safe, and increase their ability to intervene when communities face dangerous circumstances.””

The TAVs can be used in all kinds of terrain and climates from coast to coast. They provide a 360-degree observation tower, advanced ballistic and explosive protection, and have impressive offroad capability.

““We could not use just any vehicle; we needed a very specifically designed, multi-use armoured vehicle tailored to the unique needs of a national police force in Canada,” Paulson said.