What’s Canada Buying? January 30, 2013
- F-35 Tug o’ War (1) “The Public Works National Fighter Procurement Secretariat, in charge of reviewing fighter aircraft options to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets, has indicated for the first time it may be considering a short-term bridge of alternative fighters to begin replacing the CF-18s until the trouble-plagued and delayed production of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets reaches the stage where Canada can begin acquiring it in numbers it can afford ….” - more on the fighter replacement project here.
- F-35 Tug o’ War (2) Q&A in the House Monday “Ms. Christine Moore (Abitibi—Témiscamingue, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the KPMG report tabled in December highlighted the Conservatives’ mismanagement, just as the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Auditor General and the NDP have done. The cost of the F-35s has skyrocketed and the Conservatives have no plan B because they chose a sole source. Last week, they sent out a questionnaire to the F-35 competitors to obtain information about the other fighter jets available. Why was this questionnaire not sent out at the beginning of the process? Hon. Rona Ambrose (Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, the Auditor General made one recommendation and that was for the Department of National Defence to refine its cost estimates and move to a full life cycle costing for the F-35. In December, as the member noted, the department did exactly that, but we actually went one step further. We had an independent audit firm, KPMG, validate and verify those numbers. It did exactly that. KPMG not only found that National Defence’s full life cycle costing estimates for the F-35 were verified, it also found that DND’s original estimates for the F-35 were sound. We have met the Auditor General’s recommendation and he says we are on the right track ….”
- A bit more Fixed Wing Search & Rescue work sought “…. The Department of National Defence (DND) requires the services of four (4) Senior Engineers for services within the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) Project ….”
- “…. The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement to replace the NTS workstations and monitors currently installed on a fleet of four (4) CT142 Dash 8 aircraft. The monitors and workstations are located in each Student and Instructor Consoles on the aircraft. The monitors are currently ruggedized 20 inch colour Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD) ….”