Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 12, 2013 14:00 ET

Minister Lebel Announces Significant Investment in New Equipment for 3 Wing Bagotville

BAGOTVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 12, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, announced today the Government of Canada's investment in Royal Canadian Air Force airfields and the safety of Canadian Armed Forces members.

Minister Lebel announced that the Government has awarded a contract valued at approximately $75.5 million to Cassidian, the defence and security division of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company of Munich, Germany, for the replacement of area surveillance radar and secondary surveillance radar systems, which support air traffic management at several airfields across the country.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring the proper resources are in place to realize the important missions for which our Canadian Armed Forces are responsible. Technology has progressed so much since the existing radar systems were installed," said Minister Lebel. "These new radar systems are able to detect and identify objects in a much greater area, making them much more effective."

The contract will cover the replacement of radar systems supporting air traffic management at various Department of National Defence airfields across Canada. The existing area and secondary radar systems at Canadian Armed Forces aerodromes are reaching the end of their estimated life expectancy and are no longer economically sustainable.

When used together, the area surveillance radar and secondary surveillance radar provide air traffic control with the optimal position and tracking data for each aircraft in the coverage area.

This contract was awarded competitively, and the essential tenets of fairness, openness and transparency continue to be the cornerstones of defence procurement practices.

"Our Government is committed to acquiring and maintaining necessary equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces, at the most reasonable price for Canadians, with the greatest benefits for Canadian companies and workers," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. "This contract will ensure that our Royal Canadian Air Force sites continue to meet operational requirements."

As with many defence and security procurements, the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy will apply to this contract. Under the Industrial and Regional Benefits policy, Cassidian is required to undertake business activities in Canada at a value equal to that of the contract.

"The Industrial and Regional Benefits policy encourages high-quality and advanced technology business opportunities for Canadian companies. It exposes our firms to global markets and fosters the development of long-term business relationships," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. "This contract is another great example of how our procurement system brings economic benefit to regions across the country and continues to support our industry as a global leader."

The replacement project will see the installation of seven new area surveillance radar and secondary surveillance radar systems at 3 Wing Bagotville, Québec; 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta; 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador; 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario (one system at an operational site, and a second system as a technical training site for the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron); 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia; and 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia. The systems will be installed over the next three to four years.

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