12 Aug 2014 By: Dominic Perry - FG
Canada has shelved plans to acquire up to four manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms “due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.
Ottawa launched the procurement process in August last year with the publication of a letter of interest (LoI) seeking an “enduring, operational level, multisensor, manned [ISR] capability”. It would look to buy three to four aircraft, it said.
An industry day was subsequently held on 20 September 2013 to further discuss the requirement.
However, just short of one year later Canada has pulled the plug on the process. In a notice posted on its public procurement website on 4 August, Ottawa says that “upon completion of an options analysis” it will no longer seek a “complete manned airborne [ISR] platform solution, due to reasons of security and technical feasibility”.