In fulfilling its standing obligation to provide the women and men in the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need to do their jobs and protect Canadians, three new contracts have been awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence.
The contracts have a combined value of $621.5 million, and were awarded to General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada to provide communications and information systems.
“The Canadian Armed Forces carry out important missions on behalf of all Canadians and require the latest technologies to better understand their operating environment and to detect incoming threats,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility as she announced the contract award earlier today.
The contracts will provide support over five years for the Land Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LC4ISR) system. The Canadian Army depends on these communications and information systems to inform and direct land operations. This includes:
- Cyber Security Engineering Support: contract valued at up to $56.5 million to support the protection of data information systems from theft and damage to the information they contain
- Engineering and Integration Support: contract valued at up to $367.25 million to fully integrate the LC4ISR system
- Transition Software Support: contract valued at up to $197.75 million to provide software support that helps integrate various data points, such as GPS-based position reporting, into a single system to allow for timely and informed decision-making
The Canadian Army’s LC4ISR capability is a highly integrated tactical system comprised of interconnected networks of digital communications and information systems that primarily support the Land Forces in operations.
“The LC4ISR system is a foundational component by which Canadian Army troops stay in touch with each other, our allies and headquarters,” said the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence.
The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to these projects, creating jobs and supporting key industrial capabilities in Canada. The three contracts combined will help sustain approximately 494 highly skilled jobs in Ottawa, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta.
“These contracts will […] increase skills development and grow Key Industrial Capabilities in cyber resilience,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.