The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a contract worth over $2.68bn (C$3.7bn) to Logistik Unicorp to equip the military with operational clothing and footwear.

Under the 20-year Operational Clothing and Footwear Consolidated Contract (OCFC2), the company will deliver nearly 1,222 items to be worn by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during domestic and overseas operations.

The supplies will comprise combat uniforms using Canadian Disruptive Pattern (CADPAT) camouflage, badges, insignias, sleeping bags, day packs, combat boots, arid/hot weather boots, mukluks, and winter gear.

The operational gear will be supplied to as many as 160,000 personnel, including regular and reserve force members, rangers, search and rescue technicians, firefighters, and cadets.

Canadian National Defence Minister Anita Anand said: “The Canadian Armed Forces uniform is a source of great pride for Canadians at home and abroad, and this new contract with Logistik Unicorp will ensure that our members have the equipment they need, when they need it, to fulfil the duties that we ask of them.

“I look forward to seeing the results of today’s investment, which is great news for Quebecers and all Canadians.”

The contract will also enable ad hoc procurement to meet emergency deployment needs.

Once implemented, the OCFC2 will let personnel place online orders for operational gear and receive it at their doorstep.

It will also enable the CAF to distribute uniforms directly to units, easing its resource and inventory management.

Logistik Client Experience vice-president Karine Bibeau said: “Part of what makes Logistik Unicorp’s uniform programmes stand out is the relentless pursuit of innovation through research and development practices, and commitment to proactively help our clients improve their services.”

Logistik Unicorp will also engage in research and development, and provide skill training in the textile and footwear industries.

Apart from potential export opportunities, this approach is also expected to generate more than 3,000 jobs for locals.

The contract also requires the firm to ensure that the majority of the manufacturing is carried out in Canada.