Canadian Forces on hand at AutoShow

Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line to see the Canadian Forces (CF) exhibit at the Canadian International AutoShow.


Who wouldn’t be willing to wait for a chance to sit in the cockpit of a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet?


The military is well-known for its extreme approach to transportation and the Canadian Forces Operation Connection team will be on hand with a number of exciting vehicles.


“The Canadian Forces are a lot more than just our mission in Afghanistan,” says Capt. Saj Rahman, one of the military event planners bringing the Canadian Forces display to the AutoShow.


Besides the obvious draw of the Air Force’s CF-18 cockpit, attendees will be able to step on board the Navy’s workhorse small water craft the RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) and visit a mock field hospital setting attached to the “Bison” Ambulance, the impressive eight-wheeled armoured personnel carrier converted for medical service.

“We believe it’s important for Canadians to see all of the different types of vehicles we use in the many different jobs that we are called upon to do,” says Rahman.

One of the more crowd-pleasing vehicles at the AutoShow is the Army’s G-Wagen. Powered by a 2.7-litre, five-cylinder, turbo-charged diesel engine, this four-wheel-drive, four-seater evolved from the Mercedes-Benz’s G-series passenger vehicle.

Members of the Canadian Forces will also be at the site to answer attendees’ questions about the vehicles and about life in the military.

“We found with these events that Canadians might come to see the equipment, but they really connect with the soldiers who are working on the site,” said Rahman of his experiences over the past two years working these events.

At the Canadian Forces’ site, you will be welcome to sign one of the popular “Support Our Troops” banners that are sent to service members deployed across the country and around the world.