History of Canada's LAV III

The LAV III, originally named the Kodiak by the Canadian Army, is the third generation of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) family of infantry fighting vehicles built by General Dynamics Land Systems, first entering service in 1999.  The original concept of the LAV is based upon the Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8x8.

The LAV III was developed in Canada and is the primary mechanized infantry vehicle of the Canadian Army as well as the New Zealand Army.  Other countries have also begun implementing LAV III units.

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Background Information about Canada's LAV III

The versions of the LAV that have been procured and developed by Canada are known as the “LAV III” and over time the design of this equipment has evolved into numerous versions or “variants”, three of which have been captured within the following images:

LAV "Engineer" Variant

This LAV III is equipped with:

  • Dozer blade;
  • Crane; and
  • Other engineering equipment

LAV “TUA” Variant
“TOW Under Armour”

  • Tube-Launched;
  • Optically-Tracked; and
  • Wire-Guided anti-tank missile

The units have served in many locations, including but not limited to the following:

·         United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea                (UNMEE)
·         United Nations Mission in Kosovo                                        (UNMIK)
·         United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina         (UNMIBH)
·         United Nations Mission in Haiti                                            (UNMIH)

·         Afghanistan                                                                                (ISAF)

LAV Infantry Section Carrier

  • Crew of 3; and
  • 7 Passengers


The Light Armoured Vehicle or “LAV” is a very versatile and critical piece of equipment that the Canadian Armed Forces deploys in most places where troops are called upon to serve.​

Located at the Nose Creek Valley Museum

1701 Main Street, Airdrie AB T4B 1C5 ca