Canadian tactical equipment distributor MD Charlton (MDC) has been awarded a contract to provide the C22 full frame modular pistol (SIG SAUER P320) and holster system.

The $3.2m contract comes with options which, if exercised, will take its value to $7.6m. It also covers the supply of spares, and operator and maintenance training.

The contract will initially allow the government to provide the Canadian Army with 7,000 pistols and holster systems.

The options will allow the procurement of up to 9,500 additional pistols to meet the requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Military Police.

Canada Public Services and Procurement Minister Helena Jaczek said: “This contract will provide our troops with modern, reliable pistols and holsters to carry out their work while supporting economic opportunities for the Canadian defence industry.”

The battle proven Sig Sauer P320 will be used by the Canadian Armed Forces to effectively fulfil their operations and commitments at home and internationally.

It can be used in any operational environment and under various conditions.

The lightweight, two-handed control pistol features several enhancements such as increased magazine capacity, improved ergonomics, and a weapon loaded indicator.

The weapon system is currently deployed with Denmark, France, the US, and several other armed forces across the globe.

Canada National Defence Minister Anita Anand said: “The Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need, when they need it.

“Replacing the Browning 9mm with the C22 full frame modular pistol [Sig Sauer P320] will help ensure the continued operational readiness and effectiveness of all our members.

“We look forward to the delivery of these new pistols and holster systems in the coming year.”

NIOA was recently selected to deliver new weapons systems, including the SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro and SIG Sauer MCX in .300 Blackout calibre, for the Australian Defence Force.