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Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Project

Project Type

Project New


To acquire a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) capability capable of precision strikes to support Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) domestic and international operations.


The long range, long endurance, and beyond line of sight capability of a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) will significantly increase the persistence of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), providing timely operationally relevant information, such that the Commander can use the information to make effective decisions. The RPAS will complement existing intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities, increase maritime and Arctic domain awareness and provide precision force application in support of Land and Special Operations Forces. It is envisioned that the RPAS capability will reduce the time between the discovery and request for precision strike and the delivery of the effect. Additionally, the improved situational awareness will provide Commanders and the Whole of Government with better decision support for both domestic and expeditionary missions.

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Funding Range

$1 billion to $4.99 billion

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