DAG 2016 – Naval Systems Services

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Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


To provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the capability to operate in all of Canada’s waters, including Canada's Arctic waters, throughout the navigable season. The acquisition of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) will increase the CAF's capacity to defend Canada and its security, including in the Arctic.


AOPS will be an ice-capable ship, with icebreaking characteristics to allow for year-round operations in up to and including one metre of first-year ice of high ice concentrations which may include old ice inclusions. It will also possess sea-keeping qualities to allow operations in the open ocean. AOPS will be fitted with gun systems appropriate for use in domestic constabulary roles and force protection, and designed to operate effectively in the anticipated extreme climates. AOPS crew will be up to 65 personnel, with accommodation in the ship for an additional 20 mission personnel who will be embarked as required for more complex taskings including those in support of other Government departments or Defence operations outside of the Navy. It will be capable of a maximum sustained speed of at least 17 kts, with a range of more than 6800 nautical miles. It is capable of autonomous operations for up to 4 months. AOPS has been designed to operate and hangar an organic aircraft. While it is anticipated that it will most frequently embark smaller utility helicopters, it will have sufficient capabilities to provide limited support to CH 148 Cyclone operations. AOPS will operate an assortment of boats and crafts to provide rescue, humanitarian, mission, and limited sealift capabilities. The ship is designed with enclosed and open storage facilities to accommodate an array of stores, including 20-ft ISO containers, utility vehicles and larger Land Force equipment. It is capable of loading and offloading these cargos in various locations, such as jetties, landing craft, as well as onto the ice.

Preliminary Estimate

  • More than $1.5 billion 

Anticipated Timeline

Point of Contact

Director of Naval Requirements
Phone: 819-939-3950

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