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The Mercury Global Project will deliver military satellite communications (SATCOM) wideband capabilities that address beyond line of sight communications deficiencies globally (between 70 degree N and 70 degree S) by enabling SATCOM connectivity for domestic or international operations to meet the command and control needs of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).


The project will provide guaranteed access to high-capacity military reserved X and Ka-band frequencies. The project has three deliverables: an assured Space Segment access (completed); sovereign Anchor Station sites (contracted); and Strategic Deployable Terminals (SDTs). These deliverables will assure CAF has the needed SATCOM capacity, the worldwide availability, and maximum of flexibility to support CAF operations deployed domestically or internationally. The project has a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Wideband Global SATCOM Program that grants access to its wideband constellation. This will provide interoperability and strategic communications with other Government Departments and Allies. The SDTs complement the sovereign Anchor Station sites by supporting deployed CAF units with access to the space segment and sovereign ground entry sites with National Rear Link connectivity, which is also referred to as the deployed headquarters’ backhaul support.

Preliminary Estimate

  • Under $20 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016 Implementation Approval
  • 2016 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2017 Contract Award
  • 2017 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director General Space
Phone: 613-945-5566

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