What’s Canada Buying? December 6, 2012
- F-35 Tug o’ War “The Conservative government has been studying a final report from an independent review of F-35 stealth fighter jet cost forecasts for a week, but has not yet tabled the information in the House of Commons as Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose and other ministers promised last June. The Public Works department confirmed to The Hill Times this week that a final report from a detailed audit of National Defence department future cost estimates for the troubled-plagued Lockheed Martin warplane was received at least as early as last Tuesday, leaving the government ample opportunity to table it as Ms. Ambrose (Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Alta.) promised as part of the government’s response to a scathing report on the F-35 acquisition from Auditor General Michael Ferguson last April. According to the terms of a $643,535 contract awarded to the Canadian branch of worldwide accounting firm KPMG, the final report was to be submitted on Nov. 27 and include a full account of DND acquisition estimates, as well as sustainment and operating costs for the expected lifetime of the aircraft. “KPMG has fulfilled the requirements of its contract,” Sébastien Bois, a communications offer with Public Works, told The Hill Times in an email this week. “We welcome their reports and are carefully reviewing the findings. This information will be released later this year.” ….”
- More on the RCN’s search for new tugs “The Department of National Defence (DND) intends to replace its fleet of large tugs currently deployed in both HMC Dockyards Halifax in Nova Scotia and Esquimalt in British Columbia. It is expected that the requirement will provide for the construction, test, trial and delivery of six large tugs. The large tugs intended to be replaced are the five Glen Class tugs and the two Fire Class tugs ….” – more from MERX here and from part of the bid package here.
- “The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced three contract awards for general maintenance at 19 Wing Comox. The overall value of the contracts is approximately $1.22 million ….”
- “The Department of National Defence has a requirement for Miniature Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MUAS) and associated in-service support and spares. The Purpose of this LOI is for industry to review and provide feedback on a draft Request For Proposal (RFP) documents for the Minature Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Participation in this LOI process, including the provision of a response is optional and is not a prerequisite for participation in a future related procurement. Interested parties may respond at their sole discretion ….” – a bit more detail in part of the bid package here.
- “The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for Hybrid Shirt with a knit material body and FR fabric arms in Canadian Disruptive Pattern Arid Regions (CADPAT™ AR) and Canadian Disruptive Pattern Temperate Regions (CADPAT™ TW) ….” – more on what they’ll look like (and LOADS of detailed specs on the cloth and cam) here.
- “The Department of National Defence (DND) would like to procure teathered, deep-releasable Life Rafts for Victoria Class Submarines (VCS) and is seeking industry information to support the Crown’s decision making process to reach the implementation stage for the acquisition of the requirements. For DND’s consideration, bidders are requested to comment on the (Statement of Work) as well as provide an estimate of the capability to perform the work as well as a rough order of magnitude on both cost and schedule ….”– more from part of the Statement of Work here.
- “The Department of National Defence (DND) Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) based out of Kingston, Ontario, Canada has a requirement for the supply, delivery, installation and initial training for Instructors of eight (8) Simulator Radar Training Systems (SRTS). The SRTS will be used by CFSCE Instructors to train Aerospace Telecommunications and Information Systems (ATIS) Technicians across the Royal Canadian Air Force ….”
- “The Department of National Defence – Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) Central Detachment London will be hosting the Western Ontario Area (WOA) Band and Drill Competition 10 – 12 May 2013. Gymnasiums, accommodations and meals are required for the Competition at a location between and including London and Hamilton ….”