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ARCHIVED - Common Heavy Equipment Replacement

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Has absorbed the following projects:

Replace Existing Systems



The project will improve the Canadian Armed Forces mobility, counter-mobility, force protection and sustainment capabilities by recapitalizing existing fleets of Heavy Support Equipment. It will include a materiel handling capability to load and unload International Standards Organization (ISO) Containers and bulk materiel at intermodal transfer points as well as at main operating bases in support of deployed joint task forces. It will be capable of activating and operating extended lines of communication (LOC) from Canadian ports of embarkation to theatre ports of disembarkation, including theatre set-up, in-theatre force bed-down, and Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM) activities. It will include capabilties to conduct large scale horozontal construction activities ranging from runway repairs to road construction and maintenance.

These new equipment fleets will be used by Regular Force and Reserve Force units to conduct individual and collective training, and domestic and expeditionary operations.In order to realize procurement efficiencies, the equipment capabilities articulated in the Operational Support Capability series of Projects will be now be addressed by the Canadian Army Equipment Program. As part of this initiative this project will now incorporate the requirements of the Quarry Operations and Joint Material Handling Equipment (JMHE) and partially those of: Construction and Road Maintenance, Joint Heavy Engineering Equipment (JHEE) and Runway Repair projects.


Future Canadian Armed Forces missions require Heavy Support Equipment capabilities that can execute both combat and stability operations. In combat operations, Heavy Support Equipment provides mobility (obstacle breaching, road and bridge construction and maintenance), counter-mobility (obstacle construction), survivability (camp, decoy, protective position construction), and sustainment support (loading, moving, unloading aircraft, watercraft, and land-based vehicle cargo) to Canadian Armed Forces units. It will also provide an air-transportable capability that is able to operate on rough terrain and off road surfaces and function effectively in both moderate and extremes of climate. In stability operations, Heavy Support Equipment supports humanitarian relief and disaster assistance tasks (dyke and shelter construction, clearing debris). The Combined Heavy Equipment Replacement project will procure a basic fleet of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf vehicles for Reserve Force training and domestic operations, and militarized vehicles for Regular Force training and operations. This capability may include but is not limited to ISO Container Handlers, and forklift trucks for both hard-pack surfaces and rough terrain. Regular Force vehicles will include capabilities such as operator protection, engines capable of burning high-sulphur diesel or kerosene-based fuels, and platforms able to meet Canadian Armed Forces and NATO air, land, and marine strategic and operational transportability requirements.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016
    • Definition Approval
  • 2017
    • Request for Proposal Release
  • 2018
    • Implementation Approval
  • 2019
    • Contract Award
  • 2024
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director Land Requirements
Phone: 819-994-4225

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