Government of Canada announces information technology investment for Canada’s military

News release

Three contracts to enhance the Canadian Armed Forces’ integrated IT systems

January 30, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is providing its women and men in uniform with the equipment they need to do their jobs and protect Canadians, while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians.

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, has awarded three contracts, with a combined value of $621.5 million, to General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada.

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:

  1. 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

  2. Engineering and Integration Support: contract valued at up to $367.25 million to fully integrate the LC4ISR system

  3. 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 three contracts combined will help sustain approximately 494 highly skilled jobs in Ottawa, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta.

Quotes

“These contracts are yet another example of how our government is building a more agile, better-equipped military, while providing meaningful economic opportunities for Canadian businesses. 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.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“Through our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are ensuring that our women and men in uniform are well equipped to do the important work we ask of them. The LC4ISR system is a foundational component by which Canadian Army troops stay in touch with each other, our allies and headquarters. These contracts are about ensuring the Canadian Army has what it needs to successfully carry out operations both now and into the future.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence

“These defence contracts will bring highly skilled jobs and foster economic benefits to Canadians while supporting the operations of the Canadian Army. These investments exemplify our commitment to deliver on the vital goals set out in Strong, Secure, Engaged.”

Chandra Arya
Member of Parliament for Nepean

“Our government is ensuring that Canadians have the support they need to access highly skilled jobs and to benefit from a prosperous economy. These contracts will enhance equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces, increase skills development and grow Key Industrial Capabilities in cyber resilience.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • 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.

  • These contracts were awarded through fair, open and transparent procurement processes.

  • The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to these projects, creating jobs and supporting key industrial capabilities in Canada.

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Contacts

Ashley Michnowski
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
819-997-5421

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada
819-420-5501
media@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca

Media Relations
National Defence
613-996-2353
mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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