GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 7, 2013) - The National Fighter Procurement Secretariat has released the third questionnaire to industry in order to obtain information on potential industrial benefits to Canada. This engagement is part of the evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet, a key component of the Government's Seven-Point Plan.
Companies participating in the market analysis are invited to complete the Industrial benefits questionnaire by August 2, 2013. The information gathered through this industry engagement request supports a rigorous examination of available fighter aircraft options against the missions outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy. This third questionnaire is complemented by previous questionnaires on Capability, production and supportability and Price.
Engaging with industry is consistent with the Secretariat's commitment to transparency and openness, and integral to an evaluation of options process. These questionnaires have benefitted from the oversight and guidance of the Independent Review Panel, which ensures that all of the work supporting the evaluation of options is both rigorous and impartial, and that the results to be made public are comprehensive and understandable.
The evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet is part of the Government's Seven-Point Plan launched in response to Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Auditor General of Canada's 2012 Spring Report. The Plan was put in place to assist the Government in making the best possible decision on replacing Canada's fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft.
Until the Seven-Point Plan is complete, the Government will not make a decision on the replacement for the CF-18 fighter jets and all options remain on the table.
For additional information, visit the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat website at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/stamgp-lamsmp/snac-nfps-eng.html.
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