The first delivery of the new Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) was made to the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) this week. A total of 62 ULCV are expected to be delivered to CANSOFCOM through April.
“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,” said Minister Harjit Sajjan.
The vehicles, procured from Polaris Industries Limited, are expected to not only protect CANSOFCOM members but also provide them with fast and mobile transportation over rugged terrain. The ULCV’s have been designed to support rapid deployment by most Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, particularly the CH-147F Chinook helicopter.
“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,” said MGen. Mike Rouleau, Commander, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.
A $20.6 million contract with Polaris Industries Limited was announced in December 2016 for 52 ULCVs. Last July, CANSOFCOM exercised the option to procure an additional 10 ULCV. The contract is now valued at $23 million.
The contract also includes technical support services, and integrated logistics support for two years.
Above Image: Members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) unload a new Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) in Petawawa, Ontario, on January 23, 2018. The ULCV procurement initiative will help ensure special forces operators have the tools they need to maintain field superiority for years to come. Photo Credit: CSOR Imaging ©2018 DND/MDN