The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has accepted delivery of its first DAGOR Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV) from Polaris Industries Limited.
According to a statement for the Department of National Defence (DND), these vehicles will help protect members of Canada’s Special Operations Forces as they conduct missions in challenging environments.
It added that the vehicles will provide them with fast, mobile transportation over demanding terrain, and has been specifically configured to support rapid deployment by most Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft, particularly the CH-147F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.
In December, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that a contract valued at approximately $20.6M was awarded to Polaris Industries Limited for the acquisition of 52 ULCV with the option to procure an additional 26 vehicles over a two year period at an additional cost.
In July, 2017, CANSOFCOM exercised the option to procure an additional 10 ULCV, bringing the total number of ULCV under this acquisition to 62 and value of the contract to approximately $23M. The ULCVs are being delivered as planned and on budget. Delivery of these vehicles will continue through to April 2018.
The contract with Polaris Industries Limited includes technical support services, and integrated logistics support for two years. This includes everything from publications and manuals, to spare parts and driver training.
“The women and men of our Special Operations Forces deserve the best equipment to do the tough job we ask of them. We are proud of them, and through Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government will continue to make investments in our most important asset: our people”, said Harjit S. Sajjan, the country’s Defence Minister.
“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”, said Major-General Mike Rouleau, Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.