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December 1, 2011. By David Pugliese Defence Watch

 

As I reported in the Citizen recently a program to buy new trucks for the Canadian Forces, already years behind schedule, is back to square one with the government announcement that it intends on reopening the bidding process.

The estimated $800-million project to replace rusting 1980s-era military transport trucks was announced in 2006 by then defence minister Gordon O’Connor.

 

The trucks, known as standard military pattern vehicles, were supposed to be delivered in 2008. The project was considered a priority because the vehicles they were to replace had become a safety hazard, with faulty brakes and excessive rust.

 

But the government has now told companies that the process is being restarted and eight types of trucks that had been qualified for the program are now out. The process is being re-opened for competition, stated a message Public Works and Government Services Canada sent to industry last week.

 

Companies were told that there has been “further refinements in the technical specification” that has “prompted the decision to rescind” the original decision to approve the eight trucks for potential bidding.

 

“This refined approach will ensure maximum competition,” Public Works added.

 

The program has now fallen at least six years behind schedule with the first truck to be delivered in the spring of 2014, according to information posted on the internet by DND.

 

But the question is: Will there be other delays? (this latest delay is just one of a number of delays that has plagued this program over the years)

 

Around 1,500 standard military pattern vehicles will be bought.

 

What is the reason for starting over with new bids for the SMP?

 

There appears to be issues with what the original specifications were indicating in terms of the amount that can be carried by these trucks. A new RFP is expected to be issued sometime this month.

 

But some in industry that Defence Watch has consulted with say the real problem is that there is not enough money for what DND wants. Specifications may have to be watered down, they add. Defence Watch will report what Public Works has to say about this issue once the information comes in.

 

For your background, the list of Pre-Qualified Bidders and Base Vehicles, in alphabetical order, is (or more accurately “was”), according to DND, as follows:

 

SMP Pre-Qualified Bidders and Base Vehicle List

 No.  Name of Pre-Qualified Bidders Pre-Qualified

Base Vehicle

1 BAE Systems (TVSLP) FMTV
2 Daimler AG Zetros
3 Oshkosh Corporation MTVR

FMTV

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4 Navistar Defence Canada Inc. ATX8
5 Renault Trucks Defense KERAX 8 X 8
6 Rheinmetall / MAN Military Vehicles Canada Ltd. HX77 8 X 8
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