DAG 2016 Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Services

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CANSOFCOM requires a multitude of mobility platforms to conduct its mission sets across the operational spectrum. Such systems must reliably operate throughout climatic extremes, such as in arid, artic, mountainous and urban terrains. Improvements in design and construction that minimize weight, signature and maintenance without compromising vehicle performance, endurance and protection are of particular interest.

Vehicle Platform Performance

A key characteristic of CANSOFCOM mobility systems is the ability to rapidly stage such platforms in the operating environment via tactical and strategic air lift. Small and light weight platforms should allow for improved fuel efficiency, increased capability on marginal terrain, lower ground pressures and greater maneuverability on vertical and side slope. Design improvements should increase payload capacity, both in terms of weight and volume, and incorporate rapidly configured modular designs that support different mission profiles.

Advanced Platform Design

Advances in platform design are expected to minimize platform signature, including appearance, noise, heat, exhaust and electronic emissions. Technological features may incorporate novel sensor inputs/outputs or employ autonomous platform navigation. Such designs should strive to maximize crew situational awareness and minimize fatigue typically associated with sudden or sustained shock and vibration.

Longevity and Endurance

Improvements in this domain will reduce the time and resources necessary to maintain vehicles, both in the field and long term. These improvements include better materials to reduce long-term degradation and to increase the strength of platform while minimizing cost. Improved designs will enhance the reliability of systems and sub-assemblies and allow for modular replacement and field maintenance of common components.


Improvements in this domain will provide occupants with greater protection from ballistic and explosive threats and/or minimize the size and weight of existing protection factors. Emphasis is on modular designs that enable task-tailored protection, including low-signature operations, with minimal maintenance time and resources.

Firepower Flexibility

Weapons integration is an essential component of crew survivability. Platforms with the flexibility to mount multiple weapon systems through a variety of mounting methods, including modular attachments and remote weapon systems, are desired.

High Speed Watercraft

Rugged, versatile, high speed, ocean-going platforms (range from 7-24 m) should be capable of transporting personnel in adverse weather conditions and of maintaining station alongside larger vessels while underway. Signature reduction is needed to reduce detection of manned platforms.

Shock and Vibration Mitigation on Watercraft

Occupants and equipment are subject to both short and long-term effects from exposure to impact. Equipment capable of protecting occupants and mitigating effects from prolonged exposure to shock and vibration loads should be incorporated into high-speed craft or worn by personnel.

Multi-fuel / Hybrid Outboard Motors

High-powered, performance to weight ratio, man-portable, reliable, outboard motors should incorporate new or emerging multi-fuel or hybrid power technologies.

Swimmer Delivery Systems

Platforms that enable operators to conduct surface or sub-surface maritime operations including over-the-beach operations are of interest to CANSOFCOM. Key characteristics are size/weight (man-portable), endurance, and low acoustic and electromagnetic signature.

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