15 juillet 2021 | Local, Naval

Royal Canadian Navy to start process of replacing aging submarine fleet - National | Globalnews.ca

A dedicated team is being created to start the process, which is sure to be the beginning of a controversial debate around the need for the vessels in the Canadian Navy.


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  • Frigate design decision challenged in Federal Court, putting $60B program in limbo

    23 novembre 2018 | Local, Naval

    Frigate design decision challenged in Federal Court, putting $60B program in limbo

    Murray Brewster · CBC News Winning bid 'incapable of meeting three critical mandatory requirements,' says Alion Canada One of the losing bidders in the competition to design the navy's next generation of warships has asked the Federal Court to overturn the recent decision to award the contract to a group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada. Alion Science and Technology Corp. and its subsidiary, Alion Canada, asked for a judicial review on Friday — a challenge that could mean more delays to the $60 billion program. The company had pitched the Dutch-designed De Zeven Provinciën Air Defence and Command (LCF) frigate as their solution for the Canadian navy. It's asking the court to set aside an Oct. 19 decision to select Lockheed Martin Canada the preferred bidder and to prevent the federal government from entering into negotiations with the company, which has offered up the BAE Systems-designed Type 26 frigate. In their court filing, Alion officials argue that the winning bid was "incapable of meeting three critical mandatory requirements" of the design tender. Notably, they say the Type 26 cannot meet the mandatory speed requirements set out by the navy and that both Public Services and Procurement Canada and Irving Shipbuilding, the yard overseeing the construction, should have rejected the bid outright. Alion said it "submitted a fully-compliant and conforming bid at enormous expense" and argued it "has been denied the fair treatment (it was) owed." The court application also points out that the design tender was amended 88 times during the 22 months it was under consideration and that the changes "effectively diluted the [warship] requirements" and allowed the government and Irving to select "an unproven design platform." Rising cost estimates Over two years ago, the Liberal government said it wanted to select a "mature design" for the new frigates, rather than designing a warship from scratch. Former public works minister Judy Foote said it would be a faster, cheaper solution. Unlike its two competitors, the Type 26 has yet to enter service with the Royal Navy and competitors have privately knocked it as "paper ship." Navantia, a Spanish-based company, was the other failed bidder. It headed a team that included Saab and CEA Technologies and proposed the F-105 frigate design, a ship in service with the Spanish navy. The Liberal government plans to build 15 new warships and hoped to get construction underway in the early 2020s. The program, which has been beset with delays and rising cost estimates, is intended to replace the navy's aging Halifax-class frigates, the backbone of the nation's maritime fighting force. Federal procurement officials had hoped to nail down a complete design contract with Lockheed Martin by the winter. The court challenge now puts that timeline in doubt. It also has enormous implications for Irving, which has been concerned about a slowdown in warship production between the current Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship program and the frigate replacements, which are formally titled 'Canadian Surface Combatants'. No one at Public Works or Lockheed Martin was immediately available for comment on Wednesday. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/frigate-design-decision-challenged-in-federal-court-putting-60b-program-in-limbo-1.4915501

  • Quebec shipyard selected to be new partner under shipbuilding program - will construct six icebreakers

    20 décembre 2019 | Local, Naval

    Quebec shipyard selected to be new partner under shipbuilding program - will construct six icebreakers

    DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN  The Canadian government announced today that Chantier Davie has been pre-qualified to become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The NSS’s third yard will build six program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Davie has demonstrated it meets initial requirements related to experience, capability and capacity, as defined in the Invitation to Qualify issued on August 2, the federal government noted. The NSS is to build ships for the coast guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Davie operates the largest shipyard in Canada. Chantier Davie will now move to the next stage in the selection process, the Request for Proposal and evaluation stage, according to Public Services and Procurement Canada. This will include a third-party assessment of the shipyard’s infrastructure, submission of a formal proposal, and a due diligence process to ensure the shipyard is financially capable of performing the work and making any necessary upgrades to its infrastructure. This assessment is similar to the process previously undertaken in 2011 to select Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan Shipyards as strategic partners under the NSS. Once the phase is completed, Canadian government will begin negotiations for an umbrella agreement with Davie, which is expected to be put in place in late 2020. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/quebec-shipyard-selected-to-be-new-partner-under-shipbuilding-program-will-construct-six-icebreakers

  • Boeing Launchpad Canada

    2 février 2021 | Local, Aérospatial

    Boeing Launchpad Canada

    Message de Philippe Huneault, Délégué du Québec à Los Angeles :    L’accélérateur Boeing Launchpad Canada, développé par Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Canada et le Service des délégués commerciaux du Canada, prenait fin la semaine dernière. Je tiens à féliciter les dix entreprises canadiennes participantes, notamment les trois entreprises québécoises @KEITAS SYSTEMS, @Paladin AI et @Warp Solutions Inc. Des félicitations toutes particulières à Paladin AI (@Adofo Klassen et @Mikhail Klassen), qui ont été déclarés gagnants du programme ! La performance des entreprises québécoises à ce programme est un parfait exemple de la pensée novatrice et orientée vers les solutions que le Québec peut apporter à l’industrie aérospatiale en ces temps difficiles. J’ai très hâte de poursuivre les démarches que la Délégation du Québec à Los Angeles a entamées à Seattle et de continuer à supporter les entreprises québécoises qui visent ce marché à fort potentiel pour leurs produits et services. 

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