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Multi Role Boat

Project Type

Project Replace


The Multi-Role Boat project will provide the Royal Canadian Navy with thirty improved, adaptable and multi-functional rigid-hulled inflatable boats and up to thirty enhanced multi-functional articulated cranes for the launch and recovery system. This capability represents a fully integrated ship's boat capability for the Halifax-class frigates that is capable of participating in current and future domestic and international operations, including those involving other government departments, other units of the Canadian Armed Forces and Allied nations.


The new system will be required to perform all ship’s boat missions and tasks which include boarding operations, support to humanitarian and disaster relief operations, over-the-horizon operations in all conditions of visibility in up to sea state 5, surveillance, general transportation of personnel and cargo and support to diving operations. Boat improvements will include increased speed, dual engines, shock mounted seating for 12 personnel, larger load capability and electronics upgrades (communications, navigation and sensors). The boat will be the nine-metre class rigid-hull inflatable boat. The launch and recovery system will have a minimum lifting capacity of 7,030 kg. It will also serve as the cargo handling system. Not only will it be capable of launching and recovering a fully loaded boat with personnel (12), it will also be capable of handling other Department of National Defence and Other Government Departments’ boats of similar size and unmanned vehicles. The launch and recovery systems will be articulated cranes positioned on both sides of the ship.

Funding Range

$50 million to $99 million

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Options Analysis Phase
Definition Phase
Implementation Phase
In Progress
Initial Delivery
Final Delivery

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

Not applicable.

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