The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (DND/CF) work hard to ensure all deployed soldiers are provided with high-performance, technologically advanced, and integrated personal and protective equipment.
The Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) will provide the soldier with an integrated suite of equipment that includes weapon accessories, electronic devices, sensors, individual equipment and operational clothing. This soldier system will significantly increase soldier performance, as soldiers and low-level command centres will seamlessly share data and voice communications through a network.
This capability will further strengthen effective and timely interaction, as soldiers will have more comprehensive situational awareness, real-time tactical information and be able to effect greater synchronization of activity.
During the 2012-2020 timeframe, the ISSP will acquire cutting-edge equipment aimed at significantly enhancing Canadian dismounted soldier capabilities. This capability is being procured for use by the Canadian Army, in particular the close combat soldiers of operational Task Forces, including infantry, artillery forward observers, engineers, and combat support soldiers.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to industry on February 13, 2012, and closed on June 11, 2012. The RFP is to acquire up to 6,624 integrated suites of cutting-edge equipment under the ISSP over four years. The RFP includes a requirement for up to 11 years of associated in-service support. A contract award is anticipated in 2013 and initial deliveries are expected in 2015.