DAG 2015 – Joint and Other Systems Services

Canadian Defence Research Vessel

New and Replace Existing Systems


The objective of the project is to replace the current at-sea research capability.


The Canadian Defence Research Vessel (CDRV) will provide the necessary at-sea capabilities to demonstrate new and evolve existing systems to a proven state in support of potential introduction to the fleet. The CDRV will have the capability to carry large and heavy prototype ocean going systems and to deploy, launch, tow and recover them using specialized cranes, winches and equipment. It would provide the ability to test the high-sensitivity sensor networks that are increasingly prevalent without acoustic and magnetic interference. Such capabilities are required for developing new sea-going systems for warships and also for conducting research in the ocean environment.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016
    • Definition Approval
  • 2018
    • Implementation Approval
    • Request for Proposal Release
  • 2019
    • Contract Award
  • 2021 to 2025
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Defence Research and Development Canada
Phone: 613-992-7237

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