The most recent CASR Background articles can be found listed
in the BG Index.
Background — Previous Articles — 2008
Long Range Precision Rocket System project
DND's LRPRS project calls for seventeen new MRLS (or multiple rocket launcher systems) – launch & reload
vehicles, missiles, associated equipment, In-Service Support, training, etc.
Tactical Transport and Arctic Sovereignty
A little-known part of CF CC-115 Buffalo operations are their annual
supply runs to Arctic stations, filling a slot between small Twin Otters and larger
CU-162 Vindicator Drone / UAV
The CU-162 Vindicator was designed as a target drone but also acts as familiarization trainers for
Surveillance Acquisition Group to practice spotting/tracking techniques.
Tropco Tank Transport Combo
Tropcos are the standard Dutch Army tank transporter. DND leased Tropcos for use in Afghanistan
to move Leopard tanks with armoured DAF trucks and Broshuis trailers.
Special Operations Vehicles (SOV SOIQ)
DND has issued a Solicitation of Interest and Qualifications for 100 new SOVs (80 SR Special
Reconnaissance and 20 QR Quick Reaction vehicles) for CSOR and JTF2. We summarize the SOIQ and review
probable candidates. These are the Supacat Jackal
MWMIK and Rheinmetall Wolf LIV
Army Aviation Comparion: TF ODIN
The US Army has taken control of its own aerial surveillance for detection of IEDs. Light manned
aircraft and UAVs carry the exact same suite of sensors.
The Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship?
With the contract award for AOPS definition came an artist's concept of the Arctic patrol ship. What
do the AOPS design changes tell us?
Potential Upgrades for Sea Kings
DND is discussing life extensions for the CH-124 Sea King fleet. Are Carson Helicopter's all
composite main rotor blades in the running ?
LAV-H & the Future of the LAV III Fleet
There are rumblings about replacements or rebuild/upgrades for LAV IIIs. LAV-H could
be either. This LAV evolution from GDLS is better protected and can handle heavier operational
weights thanks to increased power and a stronger suspension.
Global Express as an Aurora
Media reports have confused the Sentinel R1
or "ASTOR" with a proposed maritime patrol
variant of Bombardier's Global Express. This new page focuses exclusively on that