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List of future or planned Canadian Forces projects.

Canadian Army[edit]

Model Type Number Dates Manufacturer Details
Improved combat uniform CADPAT 24,000 2012– The Department of National Defence estimates the production rate would be about 24,000 ICU uniforms per year. The decision to change the combat uniform is mostly due to problems with drying, and it offers poor integration with operational equipment. The other reason is the loss of color after only one year of use.[1]
Small Arms Replacement Project Small arms N/A 2012–2022 N/A

In October 2007, Department of National Defence approved the Identification of the Small Arms Replacement Project II (SARP II). The SARP II will deliver a modern networked integrated direct fire, multi-effect, portable anti-personnel and anti-material capability that includes weapons, fire control, munitions, training systems and logistic support. The cost for SARP II exceeds $1 Billion for the 2012–2022 period.[2]

Long-Range Precision Rocket System (LRPRS) Multiple rocket launcher 17 2014–2018 The Department of National Defence is considering the purchase of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The former Chief of the Land Staff, Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, said the plan to acquire rocket launchers was something that "would be considered much further down the road—possibly in the 2012 time frame.[3] The Canadian Forces will acquire in total 17 Multiple rocket launcher by the year 2014–2018.[4][5][6]

The Canadian Forces wants a developed and battle proven military-off-the-shelf system.[7][8][9]

Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle Armoured Personnel Carrier 500 2014–2018 Textron Systems Canada Inc., Rheinmetall  Canada/ United States TAPV project will procure 500 vehicles with an option for an additional 100. They will replace the RG-31 Nyala and Coyote Reconnaissance Vehicle and will complement the G-Wagen starting by 2014. The TAPV will be equipped with EODC’s Advanced Modular Armor Protection (AMAP). Rheinmetall and Kongsberg Protech Systems will build the Remote weapon station (RWS).[10][11] The Canadian Army will use the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV): a reconnaissance variant and a general utility variant. 193 reconnaissance variant vehicles will replace the Coyote. The remaining 307 vehicles will serve as new armoured personnel carriers, equipped with Remote Weapon Systems.[12]
Leopard 2 based AEV Armoured engineering vehicle 13 2011–2017 N/A 13 new armoured engineering vehicles (AEV), with an option for 5 more, will be acquired as part of the Force Mobility Enhancement (FME) project. The new AEV will replace the Canadian Forces’ aging fleet of Leopard 1-based Badger AEV fleet.[13][14]
Leopard 2-based ARV Armoured recovery vehicle 2 2011– N/A 2 new armoured recovery vehicles (ARV), with an option for 2 more, will be purchased to replace or supplement the existing Taurus ARVs as part of the FME project.[13][14]
Tactical mobility equipment Mine plows/Mine rollers/Dozer blades 29 2011– N/A The FME project will acquire 29 dozer blades, mine ploughs and mine rollers to equip the Leopard 2 fleet starting by 2011. Option of 30 more.[13][14]
LAV III Upgrade Program Infantry fighting vehicle 550 2011–2021 General Dynamics Canada  Canada The Department of National Defence will modernize 550 LAV-IIIs and incorporate new features. The modernization program include the upgrade of the fire control and acquisition systems, the upgrade of the lethality and the firepower, the upgrade of the mobility, and finally increasing the level of protection with the STANAG 4569 level 4 instead of the current level 3.[15] The upgrade will extend the LAV III life span to 2035. Option of 80.[16][17][18][19][20] The PPCLI had tested a new LAV-III with a Remote weapon system (RWS).[21] The Nanuk Remotely Controlled Weapon Station was developed in Canada,and will gradually integrate the system into the Canadian Army.[22][23] The LAV RWS will provide troops with better protection against roadside bomb.[24][25]
Integrated Soldier System Network-centric warfare 17,000 2010–
Advanced Lightweight Anti-Armor Weapon System (ALAWS) Anti-tank guided missile N/A 2016 N/A $194 million has been set aside for the purchase of a short to medium range anti-tank guided missile which will replace the ERYX. The Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin and Rafael Spike offered through the EuroSpike GmbH consortium are the only systems being considered. There has been no movement on the project since 2006 when the European-based consortium was asked to resubmit its bid.[26]
Draganflyer X8 micro UAV 2 TBD Draganflyer  Canada The Canadian Forces will procure two Draganflyer X8 for $40,000. They will be based at CFB Suffield for trials.[27]
Insitu/Boeing RQ-21 Blackjack
SUAV 5 2017 Insitu/Boeing  United States Initial delivery of 5 ScanEagles in 2017[28]
Stealth Snowmobile Snowmobile TBD TBD CrossChasm Technologies  Canada The Canadian Forces will develop a "stealth" snowmobile which can travel more than 15 km in electric mode or hybrid mode. The government has launched a tender totaling 550,000 dollars to build a prototype.[29] Winning bid won by CrossChasm Technologies of Waterloo, Ontario.[30]
Sniper Systems project C14 Timberwolf and C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon TBD TBD The Canadian army will received modernisation of C14 Timberwolf and C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon sniper rifles. The two phases project included a new telescopic optical rifle sight, new Semi-Automatic Sniper Weapons (SASW), a new sniper rifle for training, ammunition, ballistic calculators, night vision (Image Intensified and Thermal Imagery: II-TI) for the rifle, new lightweight thermal and wet weather clothing and more;.[31]
C6 General Purpose Machine Gun C6 General Purpose Machine Gun 1148 2018-2019 The Canadian army will received a modernized C6 General Purpose Machine Gun for a contract of 32.1 millions dollars wich included the new C6A1 FLEX, cleaning and repair kit, spare parts, and sling to carry the weapon. [32]
Weapon effects simulation (WES) simulator Weapon effects simulation 2016-2021 Cubic Global Defense  United States $200 millions contract for Cubic Global Defense will provided rural and urban settings for realistic combat simulation. [33]

Royal Canadian Air Force[edit]

Model Type Number Dates Manufacturer Details
CH-148 Cyclone Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) / utility helicopter 28 2015– Sikorsky Aircraft  United States The RCAF was to take delivery of these aircraft beginning in November 2008. However, the project was repeatedly delayed due to developmental challenges. The first six aircraft were finally delivered in June 2015 followed by a further two Block 1.1 variants at the end of 2015. Current Block 1/1.1 models will be updated to the Block 2 standard once the Block 2s themselves start to arrive in 2018.
Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement Fixed Wing Search and Rescue 17 2015 EADS CASA C-295  Spain/ Europe The Canadian Forces are actively seeking a replacement for their fleet of DHC-5 Buffalo and C-130 search and rescue aircraft. The most likely contenders are the C-27J Spartan from Alenia Aermacchi, the C-295 from Airbus Military and the V-22 Osprey. Viking Air has also indicated that it may offer a newly built and modernized version of the Buffalo. The project encountered setbacks after complaints from CASA that the initial request for proposal was written specifically to favour the C-27J alone.[34] The Canadian Forces will acquire a new off-the-shelf fleet of fixed wing aircraft to replace the aging fleet of six CC-115 Buffalo and ten CC-130 Hercules. Three bids were received for the future FWSAR aircraft in January 2016 with a final decision on the replacement aircraft envisaged by the end of 2016. In late 2016 the C-295 won the competition to replace the DHC-5A.[35]
Joint Uninhabited Surveillance and Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) UAV TBD 2014–2017 TBD
Assuming the project is confirmed in the 2016 defence policy review, the JUSTAS project will see the acquisition of a Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) UAV for the Canadian Forces.
CP-140 Aurora Replacement MPA ~20 Before 2027 TBD On June 2, 2017, the Canadian Forces and Government of Canada officially announced plans to acquire next generation multi-mission aircraft as a CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft replacement.[36] Potential aircraft include the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Airbus A319 MPA, and the SAAB/Bombardier Swordfish MPA. Boeing has also pitched the Boeing/Bombardier Challenger MSA to Canada as a multi-mission aircraft to complement larger maritime patrol aircraft.[37]
Unmanned combat air vehicle UCAV TBD TBD TBD
Senior Canadian defence leaders pitched the idea of spending up to $600 million for a fleet of unmanned combat air vehicle to take part in the Libyan Civil War in 2011. According to DND documents, the military intends to spend over $1 billion on the project. In July 2012, the Conservative government approved a request to aerospace firms to provide details about the types of drones now available on the market. The government pointed out the need for the unmanned aircraft to operate in the Arctic. The unmanned air vehicle should also be able to carry precision-guided munitions. One possible candidate is the Predator C Avenger.[38][39] Offered at $13 Million each, the air force could acquire up to 75 aircraft. The UCAV's will be based at CFB Cold Lake.
CC-150 Polaris replacement MRTT 5+ TBD TBD On June 2, 2017, the Canadian Forces and Government of Canada announced their plan to recapitalize next generation strategic air-to-air tanker-transport capability by procuring a CC-150 Polaris replacement.[36] In attempt to decrease Canada's dependence on U.S and allied support, Canada will likely procure more than 5 such aircraft.
Snowbirds CT-114 Tutors 2026–2035 TBD The Canadian Forces is seeking a replacement for its aging fleet of 25 CT-114 Tutor aircraft. Final delivery for the aircraft is anticipated to be between 2026 and 2035. The Canadian Forces is planning to spend $500 million – $1.5 billion on the project.[40]
CF-18 Fighter Replacement Multirole combat aircraft 88[36] TBD TBD The Canadian Forces are planning to procure advanced multirole fighter jets to replace the CF-18 Hornets.[36]
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Multirole combat aircraft 18 TBD McDonnell Douglas  United States The air force will received 18 F/A-18F Super Hornet until the permanent replacement.[41]

Royal Canadian Navy[edit]

Model Type Number Dates Manufacturer Details
Queenston-class auxiliary vessel Auxiliary oiler replenishment 3 2017 ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada Inc.  Canada/Seaspan Marine Corporation  Canada The Joint Support Ship Project (abbreviated as JSS Project) is a project undertaken by the Canadian Forces to provide the Royal Canadian Navy with three multirole naval vessels. These vessels will enable a Naval Task Force to remain at sea for six times longer than is currently possible. The Joint Support ships will provide the RCN with a greater flexibility to conduct a wide range of operations both domestically and internationally. Originally announced in 2004, a contract for the construction of these ships was to have been signed in 2009. They were to have been available for operational service in 2012. As of January 2012, contract for the construction of these ships has not been signed and proposed entry into service has been set back by five years to 2017. The RCN has concluded that the Berlin-class replenishment ship and the Cantabria class are the only candidates for adaptation as it can be adapted to meet the Canadian Forces requirements.[42] The Berlin-class AOR was selected on June 2, 2013.[43] The ships are scheduled to be built starting in 2017.
Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel Arctic Patrol Ships 6 2014 Halifax Shipyard Canada On July 9, 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the construction of eight Arctic patrol ships capable of Polar Class 5 operations. This announcement also saw the federal government commit to establish a deep water port for RCN operations in the Northwest Passage and adjacent waters. The estimated cost of 6–8 vessels is $4.3 billion including maintenance for 25 years.[44] Possible design concepts under consideration include that of the Norwegian patrol vessel NoCGV Svalbard. As of June 2015, construction was underway of the first of up to 6 planned vessels.[45]
Canadian Surface Combatant Air defence destroyer and general purpose variants 15 2020–2040 Halifax Shipyard Canada The Canadian Surface Combatant project is planned to replace the Iroquois-class destroyer and eventually replace the Halifax-class frigate. In June, 2016 the Canadian government announced that the ships would be built based on an existing design.[46] The request for proposals is due to be issued in October, 2016, with a design being selected in 2017.[47] The ships are scheduled to be built starting in about 2021.[48]
Kingston-class Replacement Coastal defence vessel/Minehunter TBD 2020 Halifax Shipyard Canada The Royal Canadian Navy is discarding its $100M mid-life refit plan for the twelve vessels in this class.[49] Instead, MCDVs will be replaced by new vessels to enter service in 2020. It had been intended to retain the ‘mid-lifed’ vessels through 2045–2055 however, the Royal Canadian Navy has concluded that the money would be better spent in acquiring a new platform. RCN's review listed low speed and small size as reasons for the MCDV being inadequate for patrol duties (both are factors of the original specification). Critics note that patrol and training were tacked onto the mine-countermeasures role and that the platform lacks serious armament for a sovereignty enforcement role.[49] As of January 2012, a contract for the construction of these ships has not been signed.
Naval Remote Weapon Station remote weapon station 58 2017 Raytheon Canada  Canada Up to 58 remote weapons stations are to be delivered starting in 2017 for installation on the modernized Halifax-class frigates and the Queenston-class auxiliary vessels, as well as for shore-based training.[50]
Amphibious Assault Ship Project Amphibious assault ships 2–3 TBD Davie Shipbuilding
The Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence had discussed the possibility of acquiring one or more amphibious assault ships for the Royal Canadian Navy that would be capable of transporting up to 1,000 soldiers and equipment and supporting them in an amphibious assault. Such ships would be similar to the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock or Mistral-class amphibious assault ship and would function as a light carrier capable of supporting aircraft such as the CH-147 Chinook transport helicopters, CH-148 Cyclone anti-submarine helicopters, CH-146 Griffon light utility helicopters, as well as vertical lift fighter jets, and water-borne landing craft and air cushioned vehicles. The project is not believed to have proceeded to the design stage. DCNS had proposed two ships for the Canadian forces. The FREMM multipurpose frigate and the Mistral-class amphibious assault ship.[51]
High Frequency Surface Wave Radar Radar TBD 2014 Raytheon Canada  Canada The Canadian Forces will receive a new radar able to provide a persistent active surveillance of ship traffic in the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone. The HFSWR is able to provides coverage beyond conventional line of sight radars. The $7 million project will be used to build and install a next-generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) system and will be based in Nova Scotia [52][53]
surface-to-air missiles surface-to-air missiles N/A 2014–2015 N/A The Canadian Forces hopes in near future to replace the aging surface-to-air missiles on the Halifax Class. According to La Tribune, the Canadian Forces are interested both in American and French missiles. But in the last Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, the CF were interested to the French Aster surface-to-air missile.[54]
Unmanned surface vehicle USV N/A N/A N/A The government of Canada recently announced a $3-million to support research on USV technologies. Peter Mckay and the commander of the Royal Canadian Navy had says integrating USVs into the future fleet plan.[55][56]

Joint (space) projects[edit]

Model Type Number Dates Manufacturer Details
Space Situational Awareness (SSA) TBA TBA TBA TBA Non-friendly parties may utilize high-resolution Commercial Satellite Imagery to collect information over areas that the CF may be operating in. The Space Situational Awareness capability will address this concern by providing military Commanders with increased awareness of satellite over flights in theatres of operation. The Space Situational Awareness capability will provide for the monitoring and analysis of the location and status of adversarial and third party commercial space resources. This includes providing information on threats posed by adversarial space assets to deployed CF elements and enabling commanders to account for potential space threats in their operational planning.[57]
Tactical Satellite-Based Imagery System – Space and Ground Segments – Upgrade Polar Epsilon – Radarsat Constellation 1 2014–15 MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd.  Canada The Polar Epsilon project was approved on May 30, 2005. It uses information from RADARSAT-2, launched in December 2007, to produce imagery for Canadian military commanders to use in order to conduct operations in their areas of responsibility. The RADARSAT-2 information is used in many ways, including surveillance of Canada’s Arctic region and maritime approaches, the detection of vessels, and support to CF operations globally. The implementation phase of Polar Epsilon began in March 2009 with the design and construction phase of two new RADARSAT-2 ground stations, by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), one on the east coast in Masstown, N.S., and the other on the west coast in Aldergrove, B.C. The ground stations will be wholly owned and operated by the Government of Canada and are expected to be operational by March 2011. Completion of the Polar Epsilon project is expected by late 2011. The three satellites forming the RADARSAT Constellation scheduled for launch in 2014–15, will provide continuity of data for Polar Epsilon.

Joint (other) projects[edit]

Model Type Number Dates Manufacturer Details
New Defence Headquarters National Defence Headquarters Ottawa 1 2016–18 In late 2011 DND purchased the former campus of Nortel on Carling Avenue, in the west end of Ottawa for $208 million in order to establish a new headquarters facility there. The campus consists of 12 buildings on approximately 28 hectares that were owned by Nortel and 120 hectares leased from the National Capital Commission. An additional $630 million will be spent to refit the site and construct a new operational command building. Up to 10,000 military and civilian personnel will eventually work there. The move to the former Nortel campus will reduce the number of Defence Department and Canadian Forces locations in Ottawa and Gatineau from 48 to seven or less. DND’s main headquarters, the Major-General George R. Pearkes Building on Colonel By Drive, and its facility on Star Top Road will continue to be used. The Pearkes building was intended for Transport Canada, but in 1974 became DND headquarters. In 2008, DND came up with its long-term office accommodation strategy, which included a reduced headquarters building at Colonel By Drive, a continued presence in Gatineau and a consolidated campus that included a new operational command building.[58]
New Sigint Headquarters Communications Security Establishment Long-Term Accommodation Project (LTA) 1 2014 Plenary Properties Reporting to the Minister of National Defence the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) mandate is to protect the safety of Canadians and Canadian information and to provide C4ISR support to the Canadian Forces through electronic eavesdropping (sigint operations), robust encoding, and cyber-security. The ECHELON interception system, which also features cooperation with the US, UK and Australia, is the agencies’ best-known cooperative venture. Following the attacks of 11 September 2001, CSEC increased its size such that existing facilities at the Sir Leonard Tilley Building were no longer adequate to support its activities. Construction of the new $867 million, 72,000 square meter facility in Ottawa, next to CSIS Headquarters, began in 2011 and should be finished by 2014.[59][60]

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