Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

What’s Canada Buying? August 28, 2012

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  • Remember the Coast Guard on the hunt for some new helicopters (bottom bullet here?)  Now we know a bit more detail about how Canada’s going to “engage” industry prior to calling tenders – updated bid package here.
  • The Canadian army is considering acquisition of a new mobile, vehicle-mounted surveillance system amid revelations of shortcomings of its present assets.  Some of the systems in use are so out of date that they cannot safely be deployed in battlefield conditions or Canada’s current duties in Afghanistan.  There has been no official explanation of why the army’s reconnaissance system was allowed to lapse into near obsolescence. Now officials say they expect moves toward a new vehicle-mounted reconnaissance system later this year.  An initial contract for a system that can feed into the army’s command-and-control networks is likely to be awarded this year.  The Coyote reconnaissance vehicle currently in use doesn’t have the capability to transmit information to military networks. Instead it collects data on 8-millimeter cassettes that are hand-delivered to senior officers for processing ….”  More on the project from previous MERX postings here, here and here.
  • Remember the Canadian Navy looking for 29K pairs of cold wet weather gloves?  It appears they’re trying AGAIN.

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28 August 12 at 12:15

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  1. […] “The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie) ….  announced more support for the Canadian Armed Forces through a $10.8-million (taxes included) definition phase contract with General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada for the Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System Upgrade Project ….” – more on the work here and here.   […]

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