The Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has issued request for proposals (RFP) to companies for supply of mobile satellite communication terminals for the national army vehicles.
The RFP was released under the land command support system life extension (LCSS LE) project on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), following extensive consultations and engagement with the industry.
Public Works and Government Services minister Diane Finley said the government is committed to providing the Canadian Army personnel with the best possible equipment required for missions at home and abroad.
"We're undertaking procurement in a smarter, more effective way that provides best value for Canadian taxpayers while upholding our fundamental tenets of fairness, openness and transparency," Finley said.
Canadian defence minister Rob Nicholson said the LCSS LE project will ensure the Canadian Armed Forces maintains its strong communication network to take on the new challenges of the 21st century.
"This project is another step in helping to ensure a first-class, modern military that is well-equipped and ready to conduct its missions safely and effectively for many decades to come," Nicholson said.
The industrial and regional benefits (IRB) policy applies to the acquisition, which will ensure that the winning contractor creates economic benefits equal to the contract value in Canada.
Referred to as satellite communications on the move (SOTM), the mobile terminals supplied under the project are expected to enable the army vehicles to communicate with their tactical headquarters or command posts through satellite and maintain that communication while mobile.
The LCSS LE project aims to boost critical information exchanges within specific Canadian Forces (CF) vehicle fighting platforms during combat operations.