Procurement

Navantia-Saab Team submits bid for CSC

Navantia-Saab Team submits bid for CSC

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The Navantia-Saab Team recently announced the submission of its bid to Irving Shipbuilding for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program. The team is looking forward to working with Irving Shipbuilding, the Canadian Government and the Royal Canadian Navy “to provide a state of the art, proven operational warship,” a press release from Navantia states. A similar version of the...

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An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity

An Out-of-the-Blue Icebreaker Opportunity

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By Colonel (Retired) Pierre Leblanc I recently attended the Maritime and Arctic Security & Safety Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where I learned of an interesting unforeseen opportunity for the Canadian Government to acquire a number of modern icebreakers at deeply discounted prices. On January 30, 2017, I raised my concerns with the aging of the Canadian Coast...

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Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

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By Richard Shimooka Over the past decade, major Canadian procurement projects have encountered increasing difficulties, ranging from multi-million dollar cost overruns, decades-long delays, and lackluster capabilities. Military programs, partly due to their large capital outlays, are particularly vulnerable (albeit, by no means unique, as the Phoenix pay system debacle illustrates). Potential causes for these issues include the increasing technical...

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An Interview with Andy Smith, Deputy Commissioner – Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard

An Interview with Andy Smith, Deputy Commissioner – Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard

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In August 2017, Andy Smith was appointed Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding at the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership to further advance the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. He also leads CCG commitments under the Oceans Protection Plan aimed at improving Canada’s ocean stewardship role, strengthening the maritime safety regime...

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EP 80: HMCS Athabaskan, Delivery of Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles and Nunavut’s High Arctic

EP 80: HMCS Athabaskan, Delivery of Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles and Nunavut’s High Arctic

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In this episode, the HMCS Athabaskan to be dismantled by July 2019, delivery of the first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle is underway and Canadian forces getting ready for an operation in Nunavut’s High Arctic. Show Notes: Public Services and Procurement Canada recently awarded a contract valued at $5.7m to Marine Recycling Corporation for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s...

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The quest for the unconventional – conventional submarine

The quest for the unconventional – conventional submarine

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The recently released Canadian Defence Policy entitled “Strong, Secure and Engaged” reiterated the need for Canada’s Navy to be comprised of a balanced fleet of platforms which includes submarines. However, while it did not specifically mention a submarine replacement project, it did commit to modernizing the four Victoria-class submarines. Clearly, in this policy, the Government of Canada has acknowledged...

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F-35: Designed to handle all roles

F-35: Designed to handle all roles

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The Pierre Sprey’s argue that old school, lower tech aircrafts like the F-15 and F-16 are better choices and more than capable of handling evolving threats coming out of Russia and China. They also argue that mere modifications to the systems of each platform will suffice and that the battlefield isn’t changing in the way that most fighter pilots...

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EP 075: Fighter jets delay and Canadian Rangers losing out on health benefits

EP 075: Fighter jets delay and Canadian Rangers losing out on health benefits

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In this episode, pushing back on delivery date for new fighter jets, Canadian Rangers losing out on health benefits and Vanguard is gearing up to host the Shipbuilding Technology Forum 2018.     Show Notes: The Royal Canadian Air Force may have to keep its ageing CF-18s airborne even longer than already expected after industry sources warned that the...

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Canada announces steps to merge the Australian F-18s into its current fleet

Canada announces steps to merge the Australian F-18s into its current fleet

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With the recent announcement to purchase 18 used Australian F-18 fighter jets, Canada has issued a list of steps needed to integrate the F-18s with its current fleet of CF-18s. Life extension and upgrade Canada is planning to proceed with technical work to modify the Australian F-18 aircraft to meet similar configuration of the CF-18s. This will make it...

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EP 074: Companies vying for CSC and Canada reacting to the North Korea threat

EP 074: Companies vying for CSC and Canada reacting to the North Korea threat

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In this episode, we take a look at the RFPs that were submitted for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program and with the North Korea threat, Canada has set aside two bunkers at military bases.     Show Notes: The Navantia Team The Navantia team has made an announcement of the submission of its proposal. The team, which is...

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