Special Operations Vehicles – MERX NPP & SOIQ Summary – August 2008
Special Operations Vehicles [Special Reconnaissance and Quick
Reaction vehicles] - MERX NPP
Notice and CASR SOIQ Summary
SOV for SOF – Spooky Procurement: an SOIQ with Few Details, an NPP with None
DND has quietly released a Notice of Proposed Procurement for new vehicles tailored for the Canadian Special
Operations Forces Command or, more specifically, CSOR and JTF 2. The Special Operations Vehicle
NPP (below) has no information other than the name of the project and relevant dates. The NPP lists a
package of 'Associated Comp- onents' – a Solicitation of Interest and
Qualifications ( SOIQ ), summarized below.
CASR was asked by Allan Woods of the Ottawa Bureau for The Star to suggest the possible
candidates for a CF Special Operations Vehicle. The SOIQ reveals that this is not one but two distinct vehicle
types – one is a Special Reconnaissance (SR) vehicle, the other is a Quick Reaction (QR) type. Both
types could have as many as 4 variants: basic troop carriers / weapons platforms, cargo carriers, ambulances, and
Likely under consideration is the Supacat HMT 400 family. The Jackal variant (left) deployed by the British
Army fits the bill for both armour protection (below and to the sides) and an open-topped
fighting compartment with a turret ring for heavier weapons plus a swing-arm mount for the GPMG. HMT 400s can also
be fitted with armoured cabs and/or a rear box 'shelter'.
That the Jackal is already in service with a NATO ally also meets a requirement of the SOIQ. The SOIQ also
regularly quotes UK Defence Standard 23-6 (ie: the Technology Guidance for Military Logistics
Vehicles ), strongly suggesting a British candidate.
Another SOIQ requirement is maximum common- ality with existing CF vehicles.
The only designs that fit that
description are the armed versions of the LUVW G-wagon. Two
variants developed by Rheinmetall on the Mercedes base are the Serval LIV (SO) and Wolf ESK, which
roughly equate to DND's SR and QR requirements. 'Canadianized' versions of
G-wagon-based Serval & Wolf ESK are by far
the most probable outcome of the NPP.
Update: Recent reports suggest that the G-wagon-based Wolf ESK & Serval LIV(SO)
not in the running. The Supacat Jackal is still high on the list of SOV candidates.
Background Pages: Summary of the SOIQ and the Special Ops Vehicle Candidates
The full text for this NPP (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below.
Special Operations Vehicles [ Special Reconnaissance & Quick Reaction ] – Notice
of Planned Procurement
Reference Number PW-$$BL-276-17382
Solicitation Number W6399-09AA24/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes [ see summary above ]
Closing 2008-09-05 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
Category Transportation Equipment and Spares
GSINS N2355: COMBAT, ASSAULT AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, WHEELED
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Notice of
Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
Special Operations Vehicles
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Attachment: YES (MERX) Electronic
Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A – P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: This amendment 01 is raised to amend the Request for Proposal closing date as
Delete: 03 September 2008
Insert: 05 September 2008
All other terms and conditions are unchanged
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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