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Feds call for Canadian Coast Guard fleet upgrade

Aug. 20 – A Letter of Interest to invite aerospace representatives to an Industry Day has been posted on MERX, the government's contracting website, in order to begin engaging potential contractors in the procurement process.


August 20, 2012
By Market Wire

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Aug. 20 – A Letter of Interest to invite aerospace representatives to an Industry Day has
been posted on MERX, the government's contracting website, in order to begin
engaging potential contractors in the procurement process. In line with other
major federal procurement projects, the Canadian Coast Guard will work with
Public Works and Government Services Canada to engage industry early and often
throughout the procurement process.

"Helicopter air-support is a crucial component to the delivery of Coast Guard
services and the maintenance of public safety," said Minister Ashfield.
"Renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet of helicopters will stimulate economic
growth in the aerospace industry, as well as create a variety of jobs and
business opportunities."

"I am pleased that we will be engaging with industry to help the Canadian Coast
Guard define and provide the best equipment for our men and women in the
field," said Minister Ambrose.

The Canadian Coast Guard helicopter project aims to procure up to 24
helicopters over the next five years to renew the capability of its existing
fleet of helicopters and support the future missions of Canada's new Polar
Icebreaker, CCGS John G. Diefenbaker.

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The Canadian Coast Guard's helicopter fleet supports several programs that
contribute to the safety, national security and sovereignty of Canadians.
Helicopter missions include everything from flying to remote sites in Canada to
support construction and maintenance of Coast Guard communication sites to
providing at-sea support for ice monitoring. The new helicopters will also be
easier to operate and maintain and are expected to have a service life of
roughly thirty years.

The Government's investment in helicopters will ensure the Canadian Coast Guard
can continue to carry out its mandate and maintain vital services at sea or
from any one of Coast Guard's locations serving Canadians across the country.


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