Integrated Soldier System Project

Project summary

The Government of Canada will acquire up to 4,144 wearable communications suites, complete with required accessories and support equipment. This equipment will allow soldiers to stay better connected with their teams during operations.

This project will significantly enhance a soldier’s situational awareness, generate precise navigational information and provide greater command and control for army units, thus improving their performance and protection.

Project phases

The ISSP is in Phase 4 – Implementation

 

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • January 2005 - October 2006
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • October 2006 – April 2008
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • April 2008 – June 2015
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Contract award: June 2015
  • First delivery: fall 2017
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • June 2022

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Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

Current Status (as of July 2017)

The qualification review of the new system to ensure it met the army’s requirements was successfully completed.

The government initiated the ISSP support contract to provide related support and product improvements.

The government exercised the option for the production of the first 1632 systems.

July 2015

The Government of Canada announced the awarding to Rheinmetall Canada of an acquisition and support contract to deliver the Integrated Soldier Systems Project. The initial acquisition contract included a qualification review portion to ensure that the system will meet the Army’s requirements

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Commitment to Canadian industry:

Technical information

Technical information

The Integrated Soldier System Suite includes weapon accessories and electronics. It also features a radio, a smartphone-like computer to run battle management software, a GPS, and a communications headset.

Project costs

Project costs

Acquisition Contract with Rheinmetall Canada:

  • The value to date of the acquisition contract including the qualification testing and the purchase of 1632 systems with training, documentation and ancillary equipment is $37.9 million (taxes included). Canada may exercise options to buy additional systems, up to a total of 4,144 systems.

Support Contract with Rheinmetall Canada:

  • The estimated value to date of the support contract is $91 million for five years of support. The contract also includes options for an additional six years of continued support.

The total value of both contracts could reach $250 million.

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