Backgrounder: Investments in Special Operations Forces and Joint Capabilities

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is a highly-skilled, adaptable, multipurpose force that can be called upon in situations that pose imminent threats to the national interest.

Joint capabilities facilitate the improved command and control of deployed CAF elements.

The investments made in special operations forces (SOF) and joint capabilities by Canada’s defence policy will support their unique requirements to ensure long-term continuity and effectiveness.

We will:

The Government will provide $1.5 billion on an accrual basis ($1.2 billion on a cash basis) to fund equipment projects for Canada’s Special Operations Forces over the next 20 years. This includes:

The Government will provide $4.6 billion on an accrual basis ($9.7 billion on a cash basis) for joint capability projects in domains such as cyber, intelligence, and joint command and control over the next 20 years. This includes:

New Investments in Special Operations Forces (SOF)

Serial Project Description
1 Next Generation SOF Fighting Vehicle This project replaces the existing fleets that will reach end of life in 2022.
2

SOF Commercial Pattern Armoured Vehicles – Replaces existing obsolete vehicles which are already at the end of their useable life.

3

Next Generation SOF Maritime Mobility Replaces current SOF Maritime Mobility assets when the fleet reaches end of service life in 2028. Project will provide the next generation of advanced SOF small boats and supporting maritime equipment.

4

Next Generation SOF Soldier System Integrated soldier system equipment will be modernized to further enhance interoperability and maintain technological overmatch against potential adversaries.

 New Investments in Joint Capabilities

Serial

Project Description

1

Secure (SEVOX) Radio Modernization Replaces secure radios to maintain interoperability with our Five-Eyes partners.

2

Meridian Standard - Delivers a deployable capability to produce actionable intelligence from electronic and communication signals and to defend against potential adversary surveillance capabilities.

3

Combined Joint Intelligence Modernization – Provides a modern deployable intelligence center for land based operations, building on the lessons learned in recent operations.

4

Advanced Cryptographic Capabilities Project Increment 1 Provides quantum resistant cryptographic algorithm software upgrades to CAF/ DND cryptographic end units, in order to maintain interoperability with our Five-Eyes partners.

5

Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Support – Delivers an enterprise-level Electronic Warfare Operational Support System consisting of an Electronic Warfare (EW) data repository and analytical tools.

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