The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has taken the delivery of its first ultra-light combat vehicles (ULCVs) from US-based Polaris Industries.
The vehicles are expected to support CANSOFCOM’s commitment to providing the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the necessary equipment required to conduct major missions.
Capable of providing fast and mobile transportation over rough terrain, the new ULCVs will be deployed to help protect CAF personnel operating in challenging environments.
CANSOFCOM commander major general Mike Rouleau said: “The acquisition of the ULCV is a tremendous step forward in light mobility for the men and women of CANSOFCOM.
“This platform will serve as a unique complement to our existing mobility arsenal and assist CANSOFCOM in its delivery of agile special operations forces effects for years to come.”
In addition, the vehicles are specifically designed to support rapid deployment by most of the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, in particular, the CH-147F Chinook helicopter.
In December 2016, the Canadian Government awarded the contract for the procurement of 52 units of the ULCVs to Polaris, valued at approximately C$20.6m ($16.69m).
The contract also included the option of 26 additional vehicles at an additional cost over two years.
In July last year, CANSOFCOM exercised the option to buy an additional ten ULCVs, which took the total number of vehicles under the acquisition to 62. The total value of the contract increased to approximately C$23m ($18.64m).
Deliveries of the new ULCVs are set to continue until April.