Here it is from the horses mouth. Let's hold their feet to the fire on this one. But while I'm doing that, I won't be holding my breath. This is from the official gov't CF discussion forum. Reserve recce are slated for the SMP C&R; version.
"The LUVW project or Iltis Replacement project will replaced the iltis used by the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment by LUVW SMP C&R; or Ligth Utility Vehicle Wheel
Standard Military Pattern Command and Reconnaissance. It is an operational reconnaissance vehicle that will be used in theater of operations. There has been
discussion within the Armour Corps based on the Kosovo and current Bosnia deployments to increase the Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron flexibility by either replacing one the three coyote troop by a LUVW C&R; troop or by adding a LUVW C&R; Patrol to each of the three Coyote Troop. The Coyote may be a great surveillance platform, however it can be a bit too much for several of the Recon tasks. Current iltis would not provide the capability required for this but the LUVW C&R; will as it will provide protection against Small Arms and mines.
If the proposal for mixed Armoured Recon squadron firms up, the role to generate either the patrols or troop will be given to the Armoured Recon Regiment. Armour(Cougar) will not get the LUVW C&R.;
So, is there a future for Armoured Reconnaissance? Certainly. I can understand WO MacDougall frustration but I believe that we have started climbing out of the pit and our situation is improving. Which by the way is improving on the equipment side with the publication of the single scale of issue for personnal kit, the increased allocation for Small Arms and the delivery of Grenade Launcher to the Infantry and Fd Engr units."
Maj B Mainville
There it is, time to call the booky and check the odds before betting.