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May 14

Further to all the sorry stuff in this post,

Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships Put on Ice (and other things too)

More dismal news about super-sluggishness from DND’s Report on Plans and Priorities 2012-2013, “Supplementary Tables: Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects” (remember a lot of the dates below are not firm)–plus latest on F-35 (still specifically named):

TABLE OF CONTENTS


ARCTIC/OFFSHORE PATROL SHIP

List of Major Milestones Date
Treasury Board Preliminary Project Approval May 2007
Release of Definition, Engineering, Logistics and Management Support Request for Proposals (DELMS RFP) December 2007
DELMS RFP Close February 2008
DELMS Contract Award May 2008
Revised Project Approval (Definition) I October 2011
Revised Project Approval (Definition) II Fall 2012
Award Definition Contract Winter 2013
Project Approval (Implementation) 2015
Award of Implementation Contract 2015
Delivery of First Ship 2018
Initial Operating Capability of First Ship 2019
Full Operational Capability 2023
Project Complete 2024

FIXED WING SEARCH AND RESCUE AIRCRAFT REPLACEMENT

List of Major Milestones Date
Expenditure Authority approved (Definition) March 2012
Project Approval (Implementation) Fall 2013
Contract Award Spring 2014
Delivery First Aircraft 2017
Initial Operational Capability 2017
Full Operational Capability 2018
Project Close-Out 2020

[Remember this aircraft was a “priority” in 2004!!!]

JOINT SUPPORT SHIP

List of Major Milestones Date
Options Analysis Fall 2009
Revised Project Approval (Definition) June 2010
Project Definition Phase Recommenced July 2010
Project Approval (Implementation) February 2014
Award of Implementation Contract March 2014
Initial Operating Capability - First Ship Spring 2018
Final Operating Capability Fall 2019

[this one also had a 2004 go-ahead]

JOINT UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE SURVEILLANCE TARGET ACQUISITION SYSTEM [JUSTAS]

This project will deliver a mature Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System to provide the mandatory capabilities for domestic and international operations. This Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Surveillance Target Acquisition System will complement existing reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition capabilities, increase maritime and arctic domain awareness and provide precision force application in support of Land and Special Operations Forces [emphasis added]…

List of Major Milestones Date
Project Approval (Definition) To be determined
Project Approval (Implementation) To be determined
Contract Award To be determined
First aircraft delivery To be determined
Last aircraft delivery To be determined
Project Completion To be determined

[this has been around since well before 2005]

MARITIME HELICOPTER PROJECT

List of Major Milestone Date
Preliminary Project Approval June 2003
Invitations for Bids Posted on MERX December 2003
Effective Project Approval November 2004
Contract Award November 2004
First Delivery (Interim Maritime Helicopters) June 2012
First Delivery (Fully Capable Maritime Helicopters) Late 2013
Final Delivery 2013
Project Close-Out 2014

MEDIUM-TO-HEAVY-LIFT HELICOPTER

List of Major Milestone Date
Synopsis Sheet Preliminary Project Approval June 2006
Advanced Contract Award Notice Posted on MERX July 2006
Effective Project Approval and Contract Award June 2009
First Aircraft June 2012
First fully mission ready aircraft June 2013
Initial Operational Capability June 2014
Full Operational Capability* June 2017
Project Close-Out June 2018

*Explanation of variance. Shortage in the delivery of trained pilots is expected to extend the achievement of Full Operational Capability by two years.
[this was supposed to be basically an “off-the-shelf” acquisition; eleven years till fully operational]

And the F-35 (still named as the plane to be bought):

NEXT GENERATION FIGHTER CAPABILITY

Description

The objective of the Next Generation Fighter Capability (NGFC) project is to acquire 65 next generation fighters [whatever they are, no definition–at least “fifth generation” is not used] to replace the CF-18 fleet on its retirement so as to maintain a manned fighter capability necessary for the defence of Canada and North America, and for CF collective expeditionary operations…

List of Major Milestones Date
Synopsis Sheet (Identification) January 2010
Treasury Board Project Approval (Definition) 2012
Treasury Board Project Approval (Implementation) 2013
First Participant Procurement Request 2013
Delivery First Aircraft 2017
Initial Operational Capability 2020
Full Operational Capability 2025
Project Close-Out 2027

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