The Canadian military is getting new pistols to switch its present Second World War-era sidearms.
The Department of National Defence on Friday introduced an preliminary contract award of US$3.2 million to outfit the Canadian Army with 7,000 new handguns and holsters.
Supplier M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd. of Victoria will present the Sig Sauer P320 handguns – dubbed the C22 by the military – and holsters to switch the military’s longstanding Browning 9mm.
The division says a further 9,500 pistols will likely be accessible underneath the contract for the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy and Military Police.
The first supply of the new 9mm pistols is predicted in the midst of subsequent 12 months.
The military says the C22 will use the identical ammunition because the Browning handgun and can have comparable ballistic efficiency.
However, the new gun is lighter, extra ergonomic and options an expanded journal capability, in line with the division. The C22 additionally permits for ambidextrous controls to accommodate each left- and right-handed shooters.
Unlike the Browning, the new Sig Sauer additionally options an indicator that is seen from a number of angles to establish whether or not or not the weapon is loaded.
FULL CONTRACT WORTH $7.6M
National Defence Minister Anita Anand mentioned in an announcement Friday the federal government is “dedicated to offering the Canadian Armed Forces with the tools they want once they want it.”
Anand mentioned the C22 will “assist make sure the continued operational readiness and effectiveness” of the military.
The Victoria-based armament distributor was chosen by a aggressive bid course of, which Helena Jaczek, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, categorized as open and honest in an announcement Friday.
“This contract will present our troops with trendy, dependable pistols and holsters to hold out their work, whereas supporting financial alternatives for the Canadian defence trade,” Jaczek mentioned.
The full contract worth is estimated at US$7.6 million if the choices for the extra 9,500 pistols throughout the Canadian Armed Forces are exercised.
The Sig Sauer P320 is at present in use with different militaries, together with these of the United States, France and Denmark.