What’s Canada Buying? October 1, 2012
- Remember this one? “Someone to fix up a “graving dock” at Esquimalt for around $5.8M “The work comprises substantially the installation of a steel sheet pile containment wall around the perimeter of the south and west jetties, and, associated works at the Public Works and Government Services Canada, Esquimalt Graving Dock, 825 Admirals Road, Victoria (Esquimalt), B.C. …. To assist with bonding and insurance requirements, this project is estimated to cost $5,819,000.00 GST/HST extra ….” “ We have a winner! “The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Senior Minister Responsible for British Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced the award of a $6.5M contract to Salish Sea Joint Venture of Victoria, British Columbia to construct a sheet pile wall to provide erosion protection at the Esquimalt Graving Dock. This project is a part of a major remediation project to remove contaminated sediment in the Esquimalt Graving Dock water lot ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War “The Pentagon on Friday moved toward bringing in other companies to operate and maintain its most expensive weapons program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a step that could reduce revenues for the current prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp. The move is the latest action by the Pentagon to drive down the cost of the new single-engine, single-seat warplane, whose operations and maintenance costs are currently projected to reach a staggering $1.11 trillion over the coming decades. Last week, top Pentagon and Air Force officials publicly slammed Lockheed’s performance on the new radar-evading jet, whose development and production alone are slated to cost $396 billion. The officials said they were looking at ways to introduce more competition to the program ….”
- Wanted: someone to work on detecting wires leading to booby traps “…. A large number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have recently been detonated using command wires. It has been proposed that detection of buried command wires may be achieved using electromagnetic scattering. In such a scenario, the target zone considered likely to contain command wires is illuminated with electromagnetic waves generated by a radio-frequency transmitter, and the radiation scattered by the wire can be detected by a single or multiple radio-frequency receivers. The purpose of this contract is to develop concepts for vehicle mounted command wire sensors ….” – more from a bit of the Statement of Work here.
- Wanted: faux civvies for training exercises “…. The Department of National Defence has a requirement for the delivery of civilian role players, casualty simulations, training props and associated on-site exercise management and exercise planning, in support of Canadian Army Collective Training Events ….” – more details from part of the Statement of Work here.