The Canadian Forces has awarded a contract to the Canadian division of Pelican Products Inc. for the purchase of 33,000 co-polymer cases, which are to be issued to every soldier in the Canadian Forces to transport personal and military-issued equipment.
According to Torrance, Calif.-based Pelican, the Canadian military began using the companyâ€™s 1630 M.O.B. (multi-operations box) in 2007 after Canadian troops returned from duty in the Middle East to find their gear damaged from the presence of unwanted moisture. The moisture caused weapon corrosion as well as rot and mold in uniforms and other textile and metal gear.
As a result, the Canadian Forces issued a customized Pelican case to every soldier in the military. Pelicanâ€™s design and technology team worked closely with the Canadian Forces to satisfy its unique requirements.
â€śWeâ€™ve been building watertight cases for 30 years, and weâ€™ve seen the trouble that comes with unwanted moisture: corrosion in metals, rot and mold in fabrics,â€ť Pelican Products CEO Lyndon Faulkner said. â€śWeâ€™re proud to offer a solution that will enhance the Canadian militaryâ€™s readiness and safety.â€ť
According to the company, the 1630 M.O.B. boasts 8,250 cubic inches of usable storage space and is ideal for safely transporting and protecting operational and follow-on equipment such as the standard Canadian Forces C7-A2 military issue rifle, which stows inside the case without the need for complete weapon breakdown.
To meet Canadian Forces specifications, the case features a specially formulated brown case color, a hot-stamped Canadian flag decal and two removable 4- by 6-inch clear identification document holders.
In addition to the lightweight polymer wall material, the case has wide ball-bearing wheels for transport over rough terrain and an extending-tow handle with memory that flexes on impact, according to Pelican. A key attribute of the case is the use of an O-ring sealing lid that closes tight with a tongue-and-groove fit. The sealing lid, combined with a Gore-TEX membrane pressure equalization valve, makes the M.O.B. case watertight, according to the company.
â€śWith our design and technology team in California, we truly produced a case solution that helps to modernize the Canadian soldier,â€ť said Rick LeBlanc, managing director of Pelican Canada. â€śThe multiple-operations box, in name and features, describes its multi-use capability with a number of containment and mobility solutions for the Canadian Forces.â€ť