What’s Canada Buying? February 4, 2013
- “The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced a substantial contract award to Ultra Electronics Marine Systems Inc., of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia …. The $6.9 million contract covers maintenance work on the towed-array sonars on Canada’s fleet of four Victoria-class submarines. The work carried out under this three-year contract will ensure that these submarines remain an integral component of Canadian defence and security ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (1) “The Conservative government’s repeated second-guessing of the parliamentary watchdogs’ assessments of the fighter jet program cost Canadians hundreds of thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees. The government’s original $9-billion plan to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighter jets with Lockheed Martin’s F-35s came undone over the past two years in the wake of criticism from opposition MPs, the parliamentary budget officer and the auditor general about the costs and the lack of a competitive process. Since then the Conservative government has commissioned two separate reports – one last week – to examine Ottawa’s involvement in the program, which come with a combined price tag of $805,485. The work funded is remarkably similar in mandate to the analysis already done by the auditor general and parliamentary budget officer – both appointed by the Conservatives. The combined price tag of the watchdogs’ reports was $1.9 million dollars ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (2) Mark Collins on “How Much Less Bang for the Buck (how many?)?”
- “A defense and security center to develop and showcase Thales Canada’s technology for the country’s military has been inaugurated in the province of Ontario. The center is in Queen’s University’s Innovation Park in Kingston. Thales said its initial focus will be on its continuing work for the Canadian army’s Land Command Support System, including the design, development and support of the army’s command-and-control system. “The Innovation Park site will allow Thales to expand its support to educate; develop procedures, training packages, simulations and demos; and better plan user engagement activities at Canadian army sites,” said Mark Halinaty, vice president and general manager of Thales Canada, Defense and Security ….”
- Blogger predicts what Canada’s navy will look like in 10 years based on the current state of defence acquisition “…. The RCN in ten years is easily described; as no new ships are being built at this time, it is the Navy of the present, ten years older. No matter what new tasks the government may feel they need to accomplish in the future, they will have only the same resources that are available today to accomplish them.”
- Wanted: someone to deal with unexploded “surprises”, when and as required, across Canada - more details here.
- Wanted: someone “To provide services for activity bus with drivers on an “as and when required” basis, for the Department of National Defence within the National Capital Region (NCR), Toronto, Borden,Trenton, Kingston, Petawawa, major cities in the provinces of Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick; as well in the Eastern United States and other location as specified by directing staff on an “as and when requested” basis ….” - a bit more detail here.