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New Systems


To provide a Maritime Intelligence Surveillance Tracking Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) initiative composed of two integrated parts: a Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) and a shipborne tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).


Each capability requirement of the RCN ISTAR Programme requires integration with the RCN’s major warships systems and with each other –TCDL and UAS. The TCDL capability will commence with a Developmental Evaluation (DEVAL) to assess future ship-borne requirements. The DEVAL will determine the effectiveness of exchanging TCDL information with existing Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, and coalition partners. The evaluation will analyze equipment using existing STANAG 7085 compliant format and will determine if the equipment is suitably robust to operate in a naval environment. Information from the DEVAL will be leveraged to provide a TCDL capability for the major warships. The shipborne tactical UAS capability will provide an integrated Command and Control and data exchange with unmanned surface, air, and subsurface vehicles; an integrated UAS launch/recovery system; and a maintenance/storage workshop into the Halifax Class and future platforms. Where possible, the RCN capability will share common components with the CA’s tactical UAS requirements.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $100 million to $249 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016
    • Options Analysis
  • 2018
    • Definition Approval
  • 2019
    • Request for Proposal Release
  • 2020
    • Implementation Approval
  • 2021
    • Contract Award
  • 2021 to 2025
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director of Naval Requirements
Phone: 819-939-3950

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