Further to this post,
Public Works to get military truck acquisition moving
An on-again, off-again program to replace the military’s aging trucks is back on.
A series of meetings are scheduled later this month between government officials and companies vying for a contract for a fleet of new medium-sized logistics trucks for the Canadian Forces.
The meetings are to take place between Jan. 17-22 in the Ottawa area.
“The main objective of the one-on-one meetings is to validate certain aspects of the SMP procurement approach … and to provide an opportunity for industry to meet with government representatives to discuss their views,” says a notice posted on a government contracts website [see below].
“Any solutions, ideas or issues raised during the one-on-one meetings or during any other additional sessions will be analyzed for further consideration by Canada.”
The multimillion-dollar truck program had been in limbo since last summer, when Public Works emailed bidders three minutes before deadline to say the deal was off…
Former Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor first announced the truck-replacement program back in 2006 [yikes! going on six years, no trucks]…
The new Standard Military Pattern Vehicles were to replace the current fleet of trucks, which has been in use since the 1980s. The vehicles are reaching the end of their service life.
“The requirement for this equipment is urgent,” the Defence Department said in 2006…
From milnews.ca at Milnet.ca:
…. In order to ensure a successful procurement of the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS), Canada wishes to provide Industry with an opportunity to participate in a consultation process as part of this re-solicitation. The information received during these
exchanges will help Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Department of National DEFENCE (DND) and Industry Canada (IC) to validate the SMP Vehicles procurement approach.
…The main objective of the one-on-one meetings is to validate certain aspects of the SMP procurement approach outlined in RFP #W8476-06MSMP/J (issued in December 2011)…
Agreement (including “don’t talk to media”) folks have to sign [emphasis added] is attached.
Official news release here.
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute31f
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