Further to this post, more on the convoluted procurement process, note the two versions of the planned ship–at the Ottawa Citizen’s “Defence Watch” blog:
The government will be holding meetings with industry on the Canadian Surface Combatant.
The government will seek industry input on a number of technical subjects related to the design of combat ships. The initial technical engagement session will be held in March. Additional sessions will be scheduled over the coming months as further industry input is required, according to Public Works.
Some in industry are questioning why the process continues to drag out.
“This project seems to be stalled,” one industry official told Defence Watch. “Lots of talk but little action.”
Here’s DND’s description of the project:
“The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project will replace the existing surface combatants of the Royal Canadian Navy through the procurement of new ships in two variants. While these warships will be based on a common hull design, the destroyer and frigate variants may be equipped with different weapons, communications, surveillance and other systems. The first ships to be built, the Area Air Defence and Task Group Command and Control variant, will replace the capabilities currently resident in the Iroquois Class destroyers. Follow on ships of the General Purpose variant will replace the capabilities found in the Halifax Class frigates. The Project will also deliver the necessary ammunition, infrastructure upgrades, initial training, and Integrated Logistic Support.
The CSC Project will deliver warships capable of meeting multiple threats across a range of warfare areas in both the open ocean and the highly complex coastal environment. The ships will house and operate the CH-148 CYCLONE helicopter [see 2) here for more on that balls-up] and will be capable of operations with other Government Departments and with allied navies. Maximizing system commonality between the two variants of the Canadian Surface Combatant Project is expected to achieve reduced acquisition costs as well as through-life savings in a number of areas including training, maintenance and logistics support.”
More from milnews.ca at Milnet.ca:
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), are pleased to announce the second round of industry engagement sessions for the Canadian Surface Combatant Project. This is part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), which will create jobs and economic growth across Canada.( …. )The Harper Government will seek industry input on a number of technical subjects related to the design of combat ships. The initial technical engagement session will be held in March. Additional sessions will be scheduled over the coming months as further industry input is required.Under the NSPS, the principles of extensive industry consultations, along with the establishment of a strong governance structure and the involvement of independent third parties, were applied in a comprehensive and innovative way and contributed to the success of the strategy. These elements now serve as the pillars of smart procurement [!?! emphasis added, see “Canadian National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: Choppy Waters Ahead? Part 2“] and will be applied to Canada’s major procurements going forward [keep in mind what industry really wants: “Andrew Coyne: Pork-barrel happy report could have catastrophic effect on $240-billion military procurement plan”].Posted on MERX, the Government of Canada’s electronic tendering service, from February 19 to August 28, 2013, the Letter of Interest invites industry to participate in discussions to inform Canada’s decisions on the technical elements of the requirements.For more information about the Canadian Surface Combatant Project and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, please visit http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/sam-mps/snacn-nsps-eng.html.
A few more details in the attached MERX document.
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute