Known as "Dagor" by the manufacturer, the new vehicle can carry up to nine soldiers in one configuration but can be adapted to a variety of uses and configurations PHOTO Polaris Industries.

Canadian Forces get new vehicle


New types of war, new environments, new types of vehicle.

It may remind some of the British SAS Land Rovers, or the now gone versions of the Canadian Iltis, perhaps the U.S. dune buggy like, Chenowth FAV, or perhaps even further back into WWII the Canadian stripped down CMP’s used by the British Long Range Desert Patrol group.

Perhaps it has the lineage of all of the above.

The Canadian army, has just received the first of a new batch of highly specialized vehicles.  They will be destined for “special operations” forces or the  “Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

Built by Polaris Industries Ltd of the U.S.,  the “Dagor” is designated by the Canadian Forces as and Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV).

Members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) unload new Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV) in Petawawa, Ontario, on January 23, 2018. Delivery of these vehicles will continue through to April 2018. Photo Credit: CSOR Imaging©2018 DND/MDN

Canada’s Minister of Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan, is quoted in a military press release saying, “I am pleased to see this example of successful procurement – delivered on time and on budget. The Government of Canada must provide the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces with the tools they need to be highly successful on operations. This is especially true for the members of our Special Operations Forces who are often placed in more complex and challenging environments”.

New Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV) are positioned in a storage facility in Petawawa, Ontario, soon after delivery. Procured from Polaris Industries Limited, a total of 62 ULCVs were purchased at a value of approximately $23M. Photo Credit: CSOR Imaging ©2018 DND/MDN

The Canadian government will be buying a total of 62 of the specialized vehicles. They will continue to arrive through to April this year at an approximate cost of $23 million. This includes technical support services, and integrated logistics support for two years, along with publications and manuals, spare parts and driver training.

Some performance specs, such as top speed, are not divulged, but the truck with payload of almost 1,500kg is said to be capable of moving “quite quickly” over ground with its turbo diesel engine.

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6 comments on “Canadian Forces get new vehicle
  1. John Tremblay says:

    Nice looking vehicle, it should get our soldiers where they want to go. I wish we knew more about the power train etc. It looks like they really took what was good in all the other vehicles they talk about. Good on everyone who pulled this off. I would think part of the reason it’s so pricey is because so few were made. JohnT

  2. Ray Young jr says:

    Well they cost more than 30 k to build. Look into it further.

  3. Marcus says:

    $371,000 for a vehicle with no doors?
    Well thats a wonderful way of spending are hard earned tax dollars..
    I hope they come with a force field or bettwr yet ..they are made out of gold..
    Someone is making a pretty penny for something thats build for 30K..
    I wish I was there when that deal was made.. I would have shut it down for unethical business practices. So scandalous…
    I would like to know who signed off on that one..

    • Jason says:

      Probably there are costs involved we don’t know servicing and parts supply included in the contract over a couple of years or so.
      I think-repair/maintenance will be done by Polaris dealers…though why the military won’t do repairs is beyond me…a weakening of Force capability???

      Also remember the Iltis cost about 80K ea for what would typically be about $6k vehicle…although they at least were built here (jobs)

      The new Arctic Ranger rifle Tikka, cost $1K in stores,,,the Ranger version with a couple of minor mods casts more than $6k ea.

  4. Meghan says:

    Fantastic news! Let’s hope this sets the benchmark for further procurement endeavours.