Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 18, 2008 12:21 ET

Canadian Forces and Economy Get Boost From Contract to Upgrade Military Aircraft

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, the Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, and the Minister of Industry, the Honourable Tony Clement, today announced that the Government of Canada awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the purchase of ten structural life extension wing kits for the CP-140 Aurora aircraft.

The CP-140 Aurora aircraft is the Canadian Force's long-range patrol airplane. The CP-140 Aurora Structural Life Extension Contract will ensure that the fleet continues to meet airworthiness standards and remains operational for many years.

"This contract demonstrates our continued commitment to the Canadian Forces," said Minister Paradis. "We are procuring critical operational equipment as quickly as possible for the men and women of our Forces, while getting the best value for Canadian taxpayers."

"These Aurora core structural upgrades will ensure the Canadian Forces can continue to protect Canada's maritime and northern sovereignty," said Minister MacKay. "And they are in line with the Government's pledge to provide Canada's military with the equipment they need to do their job."

The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to this contract, meaning that Lockheed Martin will generate one dollar of economic activity in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.

"Through the industrial regional benefits policy, we are making sure that every contract dollar awarded is invested back into the Canadian economy," said Minister Clement.



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For more information about the procurement process, please contact:

Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Office: 819-956-5325
Mobile: 613-218-6961
E-mail: Mary-Ann.Dewey-Plante@pwgsc.gc.ca

Jay Paxton
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter MacKay Minister of National Defence and
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway
613-996-3100

Pema Lhalungpa
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
819-956-2315

Media Liaison Office
Department of National Defence
613-996-2353 (local and international)
1-866-377-0811 (anywhere in Canada)

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at:
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Backgrounder

The CP-140 Aurora aircraft is the Department of National Defence's long-range patrol airplane used for maritime surveillance on Canada's east and west coasts and throughout the Arctic.

DND has a requirement to extend the structural life of their aircraft, which includes the acquisition of ten structural life extension wing kits and engineering support services.

To ensure a fair and transparent process, on June 11, 2008, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) posted an Advance Contract Award Notification (ACAN) on MERX™, the government's electronic tendering service. As no other supplier submitted a Statement of Capabilities that satisfied the requirements of the ACAN, PWGSC issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to Lockheed Martin.

The Lockheed Martin contract, valued at approximately $156 million U.S., includes engineering support services to extend the life of the Canadian Forces CP-140 aircraft.

Through industrial and regional benefits, this contract will also boost the economy by providing for 100 percent of the contract in direct and indirect industrial and regional benefits. This means that under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin is required to invest in the Canadian economy, dollar for dollar, what it receives from the contract.

The CP-140 Aurora Structural Life Extension Contract will ensure that the aircraft continues to be a valuable Canadian Forces asset, flying safe and productive missions in its maritime and land surveillance roles until 2020.

Contact Information

  • Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502