Target Support Service – MERX ACAN Notice – November 2008
Target Support Service — Drones, their Support Equipment, and Measuring Gear for Live Firing Exercises
— MERX ACAN Notice
"Go ahead, take your best shot ..." – CU-162 Vindicators and Live Fire
This ACAN asks the supplier – Meggitt Training Systems Canada of Medicine Hat, AB – to
supply Target System Services (TSS) to the Canadian Forces. In other words, MTS Canada will provide both aerial
targets – FSC 1550 implies aerial target drones or remotely-piloted vehicles – plus the means to launch,
recover, and control such aerial targets as well as measure and record the accuracy of live fire aimed at the
The proposed ACAN is to MTSC or Meggitt Training Systems Canada as Original Equipment Manufacturer, which implies
a target system already in CF service. MTSC has supplied CU-162 Vindicator drones to the CF in the past. Most
likely, this Target System Service ACAN refers to a repeat purchase of the Vindicator.
The CU-162s have been used as targets for land- and sea-based anti-aircraft weapons. Vindicators have also
acted as surrogate UAVs to train CU-161
The CU-162 Vindicator is only the 'air vehicle' component of the target system. This drone is operated through
the Universal Target Control Station acting as the Ground Control Station or GSC. The drone also requires
Ground Support Equipment ( launcher, transportation, etc.) and Mission Payload Equipment. MPE consists of
Miss Distance Indication and other accuracy measuring payloads.
In the Vindicator, payloads are carried in three fuselage bays. Measuring equipment includes
near-miss recorders – the shock wave amplitude of detonating warheads and acoustic scoring is performed
by the MDI. Vindicators also replicate various threats by altering their apparent size – by
exaggerating their radar cross section – or simulate emissions (eg, using smoke or infrared flares to
mimic rocket or jet-propelled missiles).
The key word in the TSS is Service. DND will expect Meggitt to deliver a turn key operation (as done with
towed target services, right). The CF's job is to give notice of planned exercises and to fire on the targets.
Needless to say, the 'life expectancy' of any CU-162 is short. If it is not destroyed by 'hostile fire',
the Vindicator can fly again after a parachute landing.
The full text of this ACAN (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below.
Target Support Service [ Target Drone/Aerial Vehicle
and Support] –
ACAN [Advance Contact Award Notice]
Reference Number PW-$$BY-250-17624
Solicitation Number W0105-066596/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components No
Closing 2008-10-16 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
GSINS N1550: DRONES
Region of Delivery New Brunswick, Alberta
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type Advance Contract
Award Notice (ACAN)
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
TARGET SYSTEM SERVICES
Trade Agreement: Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited to bid
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Vendor Name and Address:
MEGGITT TRAINING SYSTEMS CANADA INC.
3-1735 Brier Park Road, NW
Medicine Hat Alberta
Nature of Requirements: TARGET SYSTEM SERVICES
Telephone No. - (819) 956-0270 ( )
Fax No. - (819) 956-4717
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 con- tracting 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 officer will proceed to a full tendering process.
Definition of requirements or expected results.
The Department of National Defence has a requirement for Target System Services (TSS). These services are in
support of Canadian Forces Unit and formations conduct- ing live fire training and/or in support of CF dry training
as required. It is proposed to award the contract to Meggitt Training Systems Canada, Medicine Hat, Alberta, who is
the OEM of the Target Systems.
Applicability of trade agreements.
This Target Support Service requirement (FSC 1550) Drones designed for use such as targets, training surveillance,
missile evaluation and photographic surveillance are exempt from [NAFTA] / WTO. They are however subject to
The period of the proposed contract.
Meggitt Training systems Canada Inc.
3-1735 Brier Park Road, NW
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1C 1V5
"Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the ser- vices/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
The closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities: October 16, 2008 [...]
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada. [...]
Name Carol Tennant
Address 11 Laurier St. / 11, rue Laurier 5C2, Place du Portage [...]
Postal Code K1A 0S5
Phone (819) 956-0270 ( )
Fax (819) 956-4717