Aerial Logistics Support Services – MERX ACAN Notice – November 2008
Sherpa Precision Aerial Delivery System — Guided Parachutes for Logistics Air
Drops in Afghanistan
— MERX ACAN Notice
This ACAN is for the supply of 18 Sherpa Navigator GPS-guided parachute systems from Nepean-based MMIST
(Mist Mobility Integrated System Technology, Inc.). The Sherpa is identified as a "Precision Aerial Delivery
System" after the joint US JPADS version. MMIST tailored the commercial-off-the-shelf Sherpa for
the US military as an interim PADS. MMIST, itself, describes the Sherpa system as a
The Sherpa consists of a ram-air parachute – deployed by a programmable drogue chute
– a control unit and a remote control. There are 4 Sherpa systems (capable of
delivering loads of between 120 and 1000 kg) but this ACAN does not specify which
version DND is buying. Precision delivery of supplies to remote locations in the Afghan theatre
will certainly be welcomed by those on the ground. It is odd that a purchase has taken this long.
CF interest in MMIST dates back at least to 1999 when comparison trials were done by the Airborne
Trials and Evaluation Section to determine the best Parachute Guided Air Delivery System SAR
(ATES compared the Sherpa and Orion chutes for PGADS). In 2005, DRDC awarded
MMIST a contract to study ways to improve recovery accuracy for CU-161 Sperwer UAVs using GPS guidance. But it wasn't until 2007 – almost three
years after the first US operational use of the Sherpa – that the CF tested the Sherpas.
Misty Mountain Drop – Canadian Joint-Precision Aerial Delivery Stand-Off System
Trials for what would be dubbed the Canadian Joint-Precision Aerial Delivery Stand-Off System were run in early
2007. The Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre sponsored test drops of the
Sherpa from a CC-130 at CFB Cold Lake as part of a study into "alternative aerial delivery
methods". The Air Force saw this system as immature (despite being operational in US service). Evidently,
CF attitudes towards Sherpas have changed. It was the Sherpa 2200 that was tested as CJPADSS at Cold
Lake. Presumably it is this 1000 kg model that will also being delivered as Sherpa Precision Aerial
Note that the 18 Sherpas in this ACAN are "for immediate use in deployed operations in Afghanistan. This
makes the ACAN, in effect, an Immediate Operational Request.
The full text of this ACAN (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below.
Sherpa Precision Aerial Delivery System [GPS-Guided Parachute] –
ACAN [ Advance Contact Award Notice ]
Reference Number PW-$$BY-246-17676
Solicitation Number W8485-08SB03/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components No
Closing 2008-11-03 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
GSINS N1670: PARACHUTES, AERIAL PICK-UP DELIVERY,
CARGO TIE DOWN EQUIPMENT
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type Advance Contract
Award Notice (ACAN)
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
Sherpa Precision Aerial Delivery System
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:
Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology
3 Iber Road
Nature of Requirements:
File Number: W8485-08SB03/A -(Sherpa Precision Aerial Delivery System)
1. 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 contracting authority may
then proceed with the award.
2. Requirement: You are hereby notified that the Government intends to solicit a bid and negotiate with one firm
only as identified herein.
The Department of National Defence has an urgent requirement for quantity 18 "Sherpa Navigator " guided parachute
systems and associated support for immediate use in deployed operations in Afghanistan.
Both Manufacturer(s) and Parts Traceability clauses are applicable to this requirement.
3. Trade Agreements: The following Trade Agreements are applicable: AIT
4. Government Contract Regulation and Limited Tendering Reason: Exclusive rights.
5. Period of contract and/or Delivery date: 2008-11-30
6. Proposed Contractor:
Name: Mist Mobility Integrated Systems Technology Inc. (MMIST Inc.)
Address: 3 Iber Road Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2S 1E6
7. Statement of Capabilities: 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.
Suppliers that have submitted a statement of capabilities will be notified in writing of PWGSC's decision whether
or not to continue with the aforementioned procurement or to open for competition the requirement.
8. Closing Date for a submission of a statement of capabilities: 2008-11-03
9. Inquiries and Submission of Statements of Capabilities: Suppliers may inquire or submit a statement of
Valerie Fowler, Supply Specialist
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Land Aerospace & Marine Systems Sector (LAMS)
Tel: (819) 956-0273 Fax: (819) 956-4717
Delivery Date: 15/09/2008
You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate with one firm only as identified above. Should
you have any questions concerning this requirement, contact the contracting officer identified above. [...]
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
Name Valerie Fowler (246by)
Address 11 Laurier St. / 11, rue Laurier 5C2, Place du Portage [...]
State / Province Québec
Postal Code K1A 0S5
Phone (819) 956-0273 ( )
Fax (819) 956-4717