Industry Engaged to Advance Evaluation of Options to Replace Canada's CF-18 Fleet

Industry Engaged to Advance Evaluation of Options to Replace Canada's CF-18 
Fleet 
GATINEAU, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/13 -- The National Fighter
Procurement Secretariat is reaching out to industry by issuing a
draft questionnaire today in order to obtain detailed information on
the capabilities of available fighter aircraft, a key element of the
evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet.  
This request for information from industry has benefitted from the
oversight and guidance of the Independent Review Panel that is
ensuring 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 members of the Panel are
Mr. Keith Coulter, Mr. Philippe Lagasse, Mr. James Mitchell and Mr.
Rod Monette.  
The five identified companies who do or will have aircraft in
production over this period being engaged- The Boeing Company,
Dassault Aviation, EADS Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab
Group-will be asked to provide comments on the form and content of
the draft questionnaire. The draft questionnaire seeks detailed
information on technical capabilities of fighter aircraft in
production or scheduled to be in production. After feedback from the
companies is reviewed and incorporated, a final questionnaire will be
sent to the companies for completion.  
A second questionnaire to obtain information on costs and the
potential benefits to Canadian industry will be developed and
reviewed by the Independent Review Panel, and subsequently sent in
draft form to industry for comment. Engaging with industry is
consistent with the Secretariat's commitment to transparency and
openness, and integral to a comprehensive evaluation of options. 
The evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet is part of
the Government's Seven-Point Plan launched in response to the Auditor
General's Spring 2012 Report on Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets. 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.  
For additional information, visit the National Fighter Procure
ment
Secretariat Web site at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/stamgp-l
amsmp/snac-nfps-eng.html. 
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