18 février 2021 | International, Naval

PBO report on Canadian Surface Combatant to be released Feb. 24

PBO report on Canadian Surface Combatant to be released Feb. 24

The PBO study comes at the request of the Commons government operations committee, which wanted the latest cost figures on the CSC project.


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