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More Canada-made armored vehicles to go to Ukraine

STORY: Ontario-based Roshel Inc builds armored vehicles for government and commercial organizations, including the U.S. State Department and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Its Roshel Senator armored personnel carriers, built on Ford Motor Co's F.N F-550 large pickup truck chassis with ballistic steel and fitted with mine-protection seats and other safety features, has been used by Ukrainian soldiers in their defense against the Russian invasion that began last February.

"Ukraine right now is in full-scale war ... and they have to have a way to transport their personnel safely, and our vehicle provides them with this solution," Shimonov said.

The Senators can be used as a medical evacuation vehicle or as a tactical combat vehicle, he said.

The company has established a "sophisticated" secure supply chain and has been shipping a few armored vehicles every day, Shimonov said in an interview at Roshel's assembly plant in Mississauga.

Canada has provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in aid, including over C$1 billion in military supplies. Shimonov declined to share details, but said Ottawa's order of 200 armored vehicles for Ukraine is expected to be delivered by summer.