An Interview with Rod Story from the PBO on Costing for CSC
Oct16

An Interview with Rod Story from the PBO on Costing for CSC

As part of its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has outlined a long-term project to renew Canada’s federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels. One group of ships within this strategy is the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). This program consists of building up to 15 ships to replace Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates and three Iroquois-class destroyers....

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The Oceans Protection Plan – Canada’s new direction to protect its coasts
Aug21

The Oceans Protection Plan – Canada’s new direction to protect its coasts

By Transport Canada When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck a reef in Alaska and spilled 44,000 tonnes of oil in 1989, everything changed for marine safety around the world. The international marine community worked together to rewrite the rules to enhance ship safety and spill response while ensuring that industry paid for cleanup costs. Since this accident occurred,...

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A disturbing trend in defence procurement
Aug15

A disturbing trend in defence procurement

By Ian Parker The first objective in the Defence Procurement Strategy is delivering the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner.  This is a fine objective and should result in a well-equipped military and coast guard. But a review of recent defence acquisitions reveals a disturbing trend in defence procurement:...

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$12.6 million contract awarded to dispose of the HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest
Aug04

$12.6 million contract awarded to dispose of the HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest

Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Jim Carr, announced today the award of a contract to Marine Recycling Corporation for $12.6 million to dispose of two Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) ships. HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest, which were both put out of service last year are expected to be completely dismantled by the summer of 2019 at the...

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Colt Canada to provide 1148 new C6A1 machine guns to the CAF
Aug03

Colt Canada to provide 1148 new C6A1 machine guns to the CAF

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced last week, that the Government of Canada will acquire 1,148 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada. This purchase demonstrates the government’s promise under the new defence policy to modernize, renew and restore Canada’s military with the tools needed to succeed in operations. “The Government of Canada is committed to...

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Defence platform sustainment: From Traditional options to UK’s PPPs and to JSF International Scheme
Jul05

Defence platform sustainment: From Traditional options to UK’s PPPs and to JSF International Scheme

By Ugurhan G. Berkok A rule of thumb for the sustainment cost of military platforms is that the sustainment-acquisition costs ratio is in the order of two to three – more like three for land systems and then two for air and naval systems. Beyond such budgetary implications, since sustainment is as crucial an input as the equipment itself...

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