Canada to scrap C$2 billion plan to buy armored vehicles: report
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada, which has a history of recent military procurement mishaps, will scrap a C$2 billion ($1.9 billion) plan to buy armored vehicles for the land forces, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Thursday.
The Conservative government announced in 2009 it would buy 108 so-called close combat vehicles designed to have enough protection to fend off the blast from mines and anti-armor weapons.
At the time Canadian forces were still active in Afghanistan. They stopped combat operations in 2011.
A spokeswoman for Defense Minister Rob Nicholson declined to comment on the report, saying military officials would make an announcement about the project in the near future.
Canada's Conservatives have experienced a series of procurement problems since taking power in 2006.
Last month, an official spending watchdog said Ottawa had underestimated how much a multibillion-dollar naval shipbuilding plan will cost.
In 2010, the government said it would buy 65 advanced F-35 jets from Lockheed-Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote) C$9 billion, but tore up the proposed deal in 2012 after the same watchdog said officials had deliberately downplayed the costs and risks.
Other problems include a plan to buy military trucks that was scrapped in July 2012 just minutes before the final deadline for applications.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren. Editing by Andre Grenon)
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