DAG 2015 – Joint and Other Systems Services

Tactical Narrowband SATCOM

New Systems


The Tactical Narrowband Satellite Communication (TNS) Project will, complete the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) SATCOM Roadmap. The objective of TNS is to provide global Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) SATCOM, essential for Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) communications for tactical operations and highly-mobile platforms. In addressing its global aspect, the Arctic was directed to become a part of the TNS mandate. As a result, the Project Team will consider the addition of an Arctic specific solution to meet CAF requirements in the Canadian North (e.g. see Polar Communications and Weather Project).


The TNS Project will provide guaranteed access to low-capacity UHF frequencies globally. TNS will deliver both assured Space Segment access as well as sovereign ground entry sites; thereby assuring the CAF the needed SATCOM capacity, the worldwide availability, and maximum flexibility to support CAF operations deployed domestically or internationally.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016
    • Definition Approval
  • 2019
    • Implementation Approval
    • Request for Proposal Release
    • Contract Award
  • 2023
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director General Space
Phone: 613-945-5566

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