Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

What’s Canada Buying? October 26, 2012

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  • F-35 Tug o’ War (1)  Next step:  hiring ANOTHER consultant, this time  “To conduct an independent review of the steps taken up to June 2012 in the acquisition process for the replacement of the Department of National Defence’s CF-18 fleet ….” – more in the Statement of Work and list o’ qualified vendors here.  Note how this is different than the previous consultants’ call to find someone to “Review …. the Department of National Defence (DND) acquisition and sustainment project assumptions with respect to the estimated costs for next generation fighter jet”.
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2a)  23 Oct 12, Minister of Public Works during Question Period:  “…. the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat was set up to do this substantive work. Its work is ongoing. It is doing excellent work. It includes all of the senior deputy ministers involved on the procurement file, led by Public Works, and two independent members, including a very well respected former auditor general for Canada. The Department of National Defence will be managing the portion of the options analysis and, again, it is continuing with its work. It is doing substantive work, and I would ask the member to be patient ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2b)  24 Oct 12, Minister of Public Works during Question Period:  “….  the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat was set up, and it includes a member from the Department of national Defence, to do the due diligence necessary to replace our CF-18s. No money has been spent in the acquisition of new fighter aircraft and no money will be spent before the secretariat does all of the work necessary to independently verify the costs and the options available to replace our aging fleet of CF-18s ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2c)  Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, stays on message in the House yesterday  “…. Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat is to ensure transparency and due diligence in the process to replace the CF-18s …. no money has been spent in the acquisition of new fighter aircraft and no money will be spent before the secretariat independently verifies the cost of replacing the CF-18s ….”
  • F-35 Tug o’ War (2d)  “…. a leading critic of the F-35 program as well as the Liberal and NDP opposition parties later told The Hill Times that any reviews of alternative aircraft are doomed before they even take place.  That is because the Department of National Defence requirements for a jet to replace the 30-year-old CF-18s have not changed since 2010 when the two-year pitched battle over the acquisition began and only the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter F-35—its costs for Canada now having risen to an estimated $120-million per aircraft for a fleet of 65 fighter jets—can meet the National Defence requirements.  With National Defence insisting on maintaining the same operational requirements for an options analysis it must present to the Public Works Department before the acquisition can go ahead, the NDP and Liberal parties said Wednesday the government is back at square one, intent on going ahead with the F-35, despite Mr. Ferguson’s scathing report and the government’s promise of outside audits of the costs and its pledge to look at “all options” in terms of alternative aircraft ….”
  • Here’s hoping the Sea Kings hold out a touch longer….  Canada’s long-running CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter procurement saga – which could leave prime contractor Sikorsky liable to pay compensation totalling almost C$90 million ($91 million) – looks no closer to resolution.  Although a fourth helicopter in an interim configuration recently arrived at the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 12 Wing Shearwater base in Nova Scotia, there is still no delivery date set for its initial batch of six aircraft.  Ottawa had originally stipulated that the interim rotorcraft should arrive in 2008, but delays forced this date back to November 2010, with fully compliant Cyclones intended to arrive from June 2012.  In its most recent update on the programme, Canada’s Department of National Defence said that six interim aircraft would be delivered by the end of this year.  But in a third-quarter earnings call on 23 October, Greg Hayes, chief financial officer of Sikorsky parent company United Technologies, admitted that problems remain with the contract.  The company is “well on its way” to completing the respective five and 19 helicopters it had planned to deliver in 2012 and 2013, says Hayes, but significant stumbling blocks remain to their acceptance.  “Until we have an agreement with the Canadian government in terms of the final configuration and an interim configuration, we really can’t ship anything. We need to continue to work with the Canadians to find a win-win here.” ….”
  • Big Honkin’ Ships  “…. The purpose of this Letter of Interest (LOI) is to invite private sector firms and industry associations interested in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project to:  a.  attend the CSC Industry Engagement Kick-Off Session on Nov. 15, 2012; and/or b.  submit written responses to Canada’s questions soliciting industry recommendations on the procurement approach which will lead to an implementation contract or contracts for combat ships ….” – a bit more info in the MERX package here.
  • draws parallels between Chinese and American companies getting cozy as they seek contracts here, saying they both pose security worries.  Zat riiiiight?  How many American private sector interests were involved in this caper?
  • What’s Canada Selling?  “Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Johnstown, Pa., was awarded contract SPRWA1-13-D-00002.  The award is a fixed price with prospective price redetermination, sole source contract with a maximum $415,000,000 for consumable and depot level reparable spares supporting various aircrafts.  Other locations of performance are in California, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Idaho, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Canada.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Defense Logistics Agency.  There was one solicitation with one response.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is Oct. 24, 2018.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. “
  • Wanted:  pest control services for “The Department of National Defence, CFB Kingston including Royal Military College, Fort Frontenac, Kingston Armoury, Brockville Armoury and Camden East Training Area and CFB Trenton and 8 Wing Trenton including Accommodations Hotels including all barrack facilities, TX Site Point Petre, RX Site Carrying Place, Mountain View Detachment, Belleville and Peterborough Armouries, Ontario, Canada.”

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26 October 12 at 12:15

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  1. […] modern replacements for the Royal Canadian Navy’s existing fleet of destroyers and frigates.  Posted on MERX (bullet #6), the Government of Canada’s electronic tendering service, from October 26 to November […]

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