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CADSI Statement on the Canadian Surface Combatant

CADSI Statement on the Government of Canada’s updated procurement strategy for the Canadian Surface Combatant

Ottawa, May 1, 2015 – Christyn Cianfarani, President of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), today issued the following statement regarding the Government of Canada’s update on the procurement strategy for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS):

"As the Government of Canada and industry work together to transform a set of military requirements into some of the most technologically advanced warships that will sail our oceans, the CSC is an historic opportunity for Canadian defence and security companies to compete, create and deliver world-class technologies, goods and services for these ships.  The CSC procurement will shape Canada’s Navy and Canadian industry, and will create enduring economic benefits for Canadians.

"The Government’s procurement strategy for CSC seeks to balance competing objectives and demands. In CADSI’s view, the CSC procurement strategy is correct in requiring a reconciliation of requirements that involves the Government, third parties, combat systems integrators and warship designers.

"If the Government is to be successful in achieving its goals for the CSC, it will need to maintain pressure on bidders to transfer technology, intellectual property, and know-how into Canada. Moreover, the Government can’t relinquish its responsibility for how parts of the program are competed by the selected contractors in the future.  There is an expectation that Canadian companies can play a substantial role during the design and throughout the life of the CSC – this is about Canadians being able to look after Canadians.

"CADSI understands that throughout this process the Government expects to scrutinize and challenge assumptions, and remains steadfast in expecting its suppliers to deliver what was promised, on time and on budget. While many questions remain to be answered, one thing is certain: Industry believes that it is time for this program to move forward and CADSI welcomes the progress made on this file today."

Posted 2015-05-01
Last Modified 2015-05-01 16:38