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New ULCV For Canadian Special Operations

Members of CANSOFCOM unload new ULCV in Petawawa, Ontario, on January 23, 2018. [© 2018 DND/MDN: CSOR Imaging]

In an official communiqué just released to C&S Canada’s Department of National Defence has announced the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has accepted delivery of its first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV).

“In the Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy, the Government of Canada committed to ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have the support and equipment they need to carry out their important missions.

“These vehicles, which were procured from Polaris Industries Limited, will help protect members of Canada’s Special Operations Forces as they conduct missions in challenging environments. It will provide them with fast, mobile transportation over demanding terrain, and has been specifically configured to support rapid deployment by most Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, particularly the CH-147F Chinook helicopter.

The ULCV is known as DAGOR by the manufacturer – this example was serving with US Airborne in Poland in 2016 [© Bob Morrison]

“This procurement – which was completed on time and on budget – will help ensure special forces operators have the tools they need to succeed for years to come.”

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan is quoted as saying: “I am pleased to see this example of successful procurement – delivered on time and on budget. The Government of Canada must provide the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces with the tools they need to be highly successful on operations. This is especially true for the members of our Special Operations Forces who are often placed in more complex and challenging environments. This successful procurement will provide them with one more tool to keep Canadians safe at home and abroad.”

Major-General Mike Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command said: “The acquisition of the ULCV is a tremendous step forward in light mobility for the men and women of CANSOFCOM. This platform will serve as a unique complement to our existing mobility arsenal and assist CANSOFCOM in its delivery of agile special operations forces effects for years to come.”

Polaris DAGOR demonstrator at Copehil Down during the UK’s Army Warfighting Experiment 2017 [© Bob Morrison]

Background: In December, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that a contract valued at approximately $20.6M was awarded to Polaris Industries Limited for the acquisition of 52 ULCV with the option to procure an additional 26 vehicles over a two year period at an additional cost. In July, 2017, CANSOFCOM exercised the option to procure an additional 10 ULCV, bringing the total number of ULCV under this acquisition to 62 and value of the contract to approximately $23M. The ULCVs are being delivered as planned and on budget. Delivery of these vehicles will continue through to April 2018.

The contract with Polaris Industries Limited includes technical support services, and integrated logistics support for two years. This includes everything from publications and manuals, to spare parts and driver training.

New Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles are positioned in a storage facility in Petawawa, Ontario, soon after delivery [© 2018 DND/MDN: CSOR Imaging]

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