DAG 2016 - Land Systems Services

Small Arms Modernization

Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


The Small Arms Modernization project will improve the Canadian Armed Forces small arms capability by upgrading or replacing most personal weapons and accessories, less the Canadian Ranger Rifle and the C6 General Purpose Machine Gun replacements, which are managed under separate projects.


The project will replace the personal weapons and acquire low power, lightweight and enhanced observation and aiming devices to reduce the soldier’s payload and improve accuracy. The program will focus on the following capabilities: C7 and C8 Assault Rifles, Rifle Grenade Launcher, 5.56mm ammunition weight, assault rifle accessories, C9 Light Machine Gun, sharpshooter capability and a gun shot detector.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $250 million to $499 million

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2020 Options Analysis
  • 2022 Definition Approval
  • 2024 Implementation Approval
  • 2024 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2025 Contract Award
  • 2026 to 2036 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director Land Requirements Coordination
Phone: 819-939-5868

The information on this page is provided for advisory purposes only and is current as of the date of publication. The information is, however, subject to change without notice and no commitment regarding its future accuracy or content, or any subsequent implementation of the Project described, is made by DND or the Government of Canada. Any expense incurred by any person or entity in reliance upon the information provided is at the sole risk of that person or entity. It is important to note that these contact details are provided for use by interested industry partners only. Please direct all media enquiries to the department of National Defence's Media Relations Office at 1-866-377-0811

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