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CH-146 Griffon
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Afghanistan Mission  –  MERX  –  CF Procurement  –  February  2008

Dillon Aero DMG134S MiniGun (Gatling Gun) and Parts Kits — MERX  ACAN Notice  Helicopter-Mounted Armament System
The DMG134S is marketed as Dillon Aero's  M134D, an improved M134/GAU-2 MiniGun. The latter dates back to the '60s and  is basically a scaled-down 7.62 mm version of General Electric's 20mm Vulcan (used in the CF-18). The M134 has been made by both GE and Lockheed Martin. The M134D was updated and improved by Dillon Aero  –  primarily by redesigning the 'feeder/delinker' feed system. Dillon also devised pintle mounts including a 'Huey' mount  for Bell heli- copters such as the Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon.

The M134D gun itself is a 6-barreled, automatic gatling gun – that is, the M134D is an externally-powered, electrically-driven machinegun  (compared to conventional, gas-driven machineguns like the in-service C6 and C9). The rotary action of  Mini- Guns allows for higher rates of  fire and, because each barrel only fires every sixth round, the M134s remain relatively cool while firing up to 3,000 rounds per minute.

Three styles of  'Huey' mount are available from Dillon Aero, foward or aft single mounts and the 'tri-mount' (a full-length mount with three pintle tube locations). The requested "Item 002: DAHY3940L/S - Huey, long installation kit" presumably refers to this tri-mount (p/n UHXMNT-2 ). This mount hooks up to existing hard-points on the helicopter's belly. The main support arms are the same regardless of mount, the length of the cross beam varying between the three models – allowing for different gun placements on the tri- and forward mounts.

As is made clear in the ACAN,  this purchase is for three M134Ds and associated kit to allow the CF Land Aviation Test & Evaluation Flight to perform operational trials at CFB Gagetown. This doesn't mean that M134s will accompany the CH-146 Griffons deploying to Kandahar this summer. But nor is this possibility precluded.

[Update: 27 Nov 2008. CH-146s didn't deploy to Kandahar in the summer of  2008. The new plan is for armed INGRESS Griffons to go to Afghanistan in early 2009.]

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Advance  Contract  Award  Notice  ( ACAN )  –
Dillon Aero DMG134S Minigun and Parts Kits

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Reference Number                PW-$KIN-546-4630
Solicitation Number              W0114-06Q352/A
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     No

Dates

Published     2008-02-05
Revised         —
Closing         2008-02-20   02:00 PM   Eastern Standard Time  EST

Details

Category     Armament
GSINS          N1095:  MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS
Region of Delivery            Ontario
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                NONE
Tender Type                       Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description

DMG134S Minigun and Parts Kits

Trade Agreement:  NONE
Tendering Procedures:  Generally only one firm has been invited to bid
Attachment:  None
Non-competitive Procurement Strategy:  Exceptional Circumstances Under Article
                                              508 (1) of  AIT [Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)]
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement:  No
Vendor Name and Address: 
Dillon Aero Inc
8009 East Dilon's [sic] Way
Scottsdale Arizona
United States  85260
Nature of Requirements:  Advance Contract Award Notice - (ACAN)

Definition: An Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) allows departments and agencies to post a notice, for no less than fifteen (15) calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it intends to award a good, service or construction contract to a pre-identified contractor. If no other supplier submits, on or before the closing date, a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the competitive requirements of the government's contracting policy have been met. Following notification to supplier not successful in demonstrating that their statement of capabilities meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contract may then be awarded using the Treasury Board's electronic bidding authorities.

If other potential suppliers submit statements of capabilities during the fifteen calendar day posting period, and meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, the department or agency must proceed to a full tendering process on either the government's electronic tendering service or through traditional means, in order to award the contract.

File Number W3474-06Q886/A
Davis, Daniel P.
Telephone No. - (613) 545-8206
Fax No. - (613) 545-8067

Title

DMG134S Minigun and Parts Kits.

Requirement
1 Wing HQ is requesting the immediate purchase of three M134D Gatling gun systems, with follow-on options, from Dillon Aero Inc.

The M134D is an improved variant of the General Electric GAU-2B/M134, incorp- orating a number of design features that improve system reliability in combat con- ditions. Dillon Aero Inc. is the only known manufacturer of new M134 systems that incorporates these design characteristics. Further, Dillon Aero Inc. has demonstra- ted the capacity to support all levels of integration of the M134D to aircraft platforms with several NATO alliance members.

This initial procurement will serve to operationally validate the tactics and procedures required to support combat elements in close contact with aviation elements. This capability has been growing incrementally in response to lessons learned in OP ATHENA.

Gatling guns procured as a result of this request will be delivered to the Canadian Forces Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight (LATEF) at CFB Gagetown, NB. Initial trials will be conducted to validate operational suitability and effectiveness before any final weapon system is selected for fleet implementation.

Contract will include the option to purchase Three (3) additional units prior to March 31, 2009.

Details of Requirement

Item 001: M134D/F - Gun - 7.62MM Minigun - Basic
Item 002: DAHY3940L/S - Huey, long installation kit (minus gun)
Item 003: DMG134S-M134 Spare parts kit
Item 004: SP0015 - M134D & M134D-T Hardware Spare Kits
Item 005: Toolkit for M134D
Item 006: DAF1050 - M134D Assembly/Disassembly Fixture Kit
Item 007: TW25-B TW25 - 4oz Tube

Dillon Aero Inc.
8009 East Dillon's Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 800-881-4231
FAX: 480-948-6616
Email: info@dillonaero.com

You are hereby notified that the Government intends to negotiate a Sole Source Contract with the above mentioned supplier

Suppliers right to submit a Statement of Capabilities

Suppliers that feel they are capable of meeting this requirement may submit a written response showing that they are capable of meeting this requirement, it must be done not later than the specified closing date and time. The file number, Supply Officer's name, and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope in block letters or, in case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page. As it is intended to proceed in a timely manner, responses received after the closing date will not be considered.

Responses received on or before the closing date will be considered solely for the purpose of deciding whether or not to conduct a competitive procurement. Information provided will be used by the Crown for technical evaluation purposes only and is not to be construed as a competitive solicitation. Your written response must provide sufficient evidence (e.g. specifications, technical data, drawings, or any other proof) that clearly demonstrates that your product or service is capable of fulfilling this requirement.

Suppliers that have submitted a response will be notified in writing of PWGSC's decision to continue with the noncompetitive procurument or to compete the requirement.

Submit Statement of Capabilities and Inquiries to

Davis, Daniel P.
Supply Officer
Public Works and Government Services
Kingston Procurement
86 Clarance Street
PO Bag 6400
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
K7L 5J5
Telephone No. - (613) 545-8206
Fax No. - (613) 545-8067
dan.davis@pwgsc.gc.ca

Closing Date and Time for Submission of Capabilities

Febuary 20, 2008 - 2:00 PM Standard Time

Bid package is not available

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate with one firm only as identified above. Should you have any questions concerning this require- ment, contact the contracting officer identified above.

An Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) allows departments and agencies to post a notice, for no less than fifteen (15) calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it intends to awarda good, service or construction contract to a pre-identified contractor. If no other supplier submits, on or before the closing date, a Statement of Capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contracting authority may then proceed with the award. However, should a Statement of Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full tendering process.

Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.

The PWGSC file number, the contracting officer's name and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope inblock letters or, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page.

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Davis, Daniel P.
Kingston Procurement
Des Acquisitions Kingston
86 Clarence Street, 2nd floor
Kingston
Ontario
K7L 1X3
Telephone No.: (613) 545-8206 ( )
Facsimile No.: (613) 545-8067

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