Researchers at the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) have started to study current technologies to ensure that small arms acquired by the Canadian Army (CA) meet its future operational needs.
The Future Small Arms Research (FSAR) project has been launched in collaboration with Toronto Research Center, as the army seeks to replace and modernise its small arms and associated munition and fire control systems.
Through the research, DRDC will guide the army’s acquisition of future soldier-carried assault weapon systems.
The project aims to provide advice by using experimental data and analysis on rifle designs and accessories such as sights.
DRDC Valcartier Research Center researcher Dr Franklin Wong said: “When it comes to bid evaluations, our characterisation methods are key because we need to inform industry how any candidate pieces of equipment are going to be evaluated when it comes to the procurement process.
“Then everybody is clear about what is going to happen and the soldiers will ultimately get the equipment they need in a timely manner.”
The replacement and modernisation of the military equipment will be carried out through CA's Directorate of Land Requirements.
According to CA, several developments have occurred in materials, electronics, optics and computing and these technologies are making their way into new weapons.
Image: A soldier fires a rifle equipped with a canted red dot/fixed magnification combat sight as part of Defence Research and Development Canada’s testing of new weapon designs and related technologies. Photo: courtesy of Defence Research and Development Canada.