WASHINGTON DC, 9 July 2023: General Motors Defense (GM Defense) announced that it has incorporated GM Defense Canada. This new entity will strengthen GM Defense’s ability to support the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as it modernizes its fleet.
GM Defense Canada will be based in London, Ontario, and will be led by Stephen duMont, who is also the president of GM Defense. duMont said that the new entity will “strengthen our ability to develop solutions in Canada as we pursue important near-term opportunities, such as the Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) and Light Forces Enhancement programs.”
The LUV program is a USD 1bn contract to provide the CAF with a new fleet of light utility vehicles. The Light Forces Enhancement program is a USD 100m contract to upgrade the CAF’s fleet of light armored vehicles.
GM Defense Canada will also be responsible for supporting the CAF’s transition to a more electric, autonomous, and connected future. The company said that it will “continue to leverage General Motors’ advanced commercial technology, engineering resources and investments in Canada” to do this.
Marissa West, president of GM Canada, said that the creation of GM Defense Canada “underscores our commitment to Canada and our conviction that our engineering and manufacturing capacity right here in Canada can serve and help to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces.”
GM Defense Canada is the latest in a series of moves by GM Defense to expand its international presence. The company has also established GM Defense International, which is based in London, England. GM Defense International is responsible for supporting GM Defense’s customers outside of North America.
As GM Defense continues to grow, it is likely that it will incorporate additional entities in other countries. The company’s focus areas for international growth currently include North America, Europe, the Indo-Pacific region, and the Middle East.