Canadian Armed Forces invests in cutting-edge technology to improve communication in remote regions 

News release

August 14, 2018 – Petawawa, ON – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to supporting the improvement of the Canadian Army’s ability to operate in remote regions by investing in modernized communication equipment.

Today, Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, met with members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment to highlight the new equipment being delivered as part of the Integrated Soldier System (ISS) Project.

The ISS is cutting-edge technology that includes smartphone-like devices built into a wearable vest with integrated communications equipment and accessories. It will allow soldiers to see, in real-time, where other connected soldiers are using the screen on the device. This will improve situational awareness, allowing them to stay better connected with their teams and their entire chain of command during operations.

This technology is considered one of the most advanced available, making Canada a leader in this field and serves as a prime example of how the Canadian Armed Forces is evolving with technology to improve its operations and support our soldiers. 


Quotes

“As Strong, Secure, Engaged highlights, technology is a critical enabler of modern military and fundamental to every type of operation we expect the CAF to conduct. The Integrated Soldier Systems are advanced, easy to use technology that will keep our people better informed and safe by allowing them to communicate more efficiently in real time.”

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

"I was pleased to meet members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment at Garrison Petawawa today to see this new equipment in action. The Integrated Soldier System Project is impressive in terms of what it can do and I am certain this new system will provide our soldiers with a key capability needed to effective carry out future operations."

Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions

“The delivery of these systems is yet another example of our government’s commitment to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the modern equipment they need to carry out important missions on behalf of all Canadians.”

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Quick facts

  • Rheinmetall Canada was awarded a contract to deliver 4144 systems as part of the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP). The potential value of both the acquisition and support contracts combined is up to $250 million.

  • Deliveries of the equipment began in March 2018.

  • The Integrated Soldier System (ISS) is being delivered in three phases. The first is the wearable vest with integrated communications equipment and accessories demonstrated today. The next phase will see the equipment connected to army vehicles and integrated with additional equipment such as sensors. The last phase will incorporate any new technology. User feedback will be made along the last two phases. 

  • With the systems, soldiers will have the ability to generate reports, send messages, and share information. 

  • The ISSP is subject to the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, which requires that for every dollar the government spends on major defence purchases, the winning contractor must put a dollar back into Canada’s economy thereby creating jobs and economic growth right here at home.

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Contacts

Renee Filiatrault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
613-996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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