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What’s Canada Buying? February 6, 2013

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  • The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, (yesterday) announced six contract awards for general infrastructure work at 14 Wing Greenwood. The overall value of the contracts is approximately $1 million ….”
  • Update on Canada’s newest Chinooks, from the Info-machine (also here if previous link doesn’t work)  “…. Following the conclusion of a year-long flight test program led by Boeing, the first F-model Chinook is scheduled to arrive on schedule at a new facility located at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario, in June 2013.  Aircraft will be delivered at a rate of approximately one aircraft per month, with all aircraft being delivered over a 12-month period. The helicopters are expected to reach Initial Operational Capability, as planned, in 2014.  A contract amendment to provide 20 years of in-service support for the helicopters is currently being developed with the Boeing Company. The negotiations are expected to conclude in May 2013.  A contract amendment to provide 20 years of in-service support for the helicopters is currently being developed with the Boeing Company. The negotiations are expected to conclude in May 2013 ….”
  • Vendors wanting to bid on the chance to train CF pers on booby traps get a bit more time to submit bids – more here (via Milnet.ca)
  • F-35 Tug o’ War  One could reasonably have expected that somewhere in all the yakkity-yak the federal government used to present the new $46-billion price tag for the F-35 would have been an apology. It was after all this same Conservative cast of characters that told Canadians before the last election that the planes would cost $15-billion when the Defense Department’s internal estimate was that the planes would cost at least $10-billion more. That is to mislead. And the the Defense Department number they didn’t share ($25-billion) was still shy of a more accurate estimate (about $46-billion) by more than $20 billion, we now know. That’s just plain incompetence.  But no…even after weeks away from the House of Commons, still no apology from the Conservatives ….”
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Written by milnewsca

6 February 13 at 12:15

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