Small UAV for Afghanistan – Government News Release – April 2009
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (SUAV) for use by the CF in Afghanistan —
'Turnkey' Lease Contract and Background
Update: the 2009 Flight Safety Investigation Report pdf, 1016-22-1 (DFS) 25 June 2010, mentions a "CU165". This is most likely a reporting designation
applied to ScanEagle.
As expected the NPP/RFP for SUAV (Small UAV) services in Afghanistan has resulted in a lease of Boeing-Insitu
ScanEagles – the 'air vehicle' type already in theatre as interim SUAVs. Neither the
Government Backgrounder on the SUAV service contract nor the News Release give details of the
ScanEagle system. The Insitu approach to UAV
operation is highly creative. That is of no interest to our Federal Ministers, however. Their concern seems to be
cut-and-pasting claims of "fair, open and transparent competition", while cloaking themselves in the Manley Report, and trumpeting 100%
"high quality" IRBs.
A few details stand out. Urgent Operational Requirements for the Afghan mission are quoted. Yet Public Works
Minister Paradis says that the "Canadian Forces will be able to use in Afghanistan and beyond" (emphasis
added). In other words, despite having committed troops to Afghanistan until 2011, the Harper government is
already playing past that deployment. That in turn makes meeting the recommendations of the Manley Report little
more than a formality. How individual readers view Industrial and Region- al Benefits will determine whether they
assign any lasting value to IRB-generated jobs.
BACKGROUNDER [ ScanEagle Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Contract ]
The Government of Canada is actively procuring equipment needed to support urgent operational requirements
[ UORs] in Afghanistan. On April 3, 2009, on behalf of DND, PWGSC awarded a contract to Insitu Inc. of Bingen,
Washington, USA, to provide the Canadian Forces with services for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs).
This contract, awarded for one year, with two one-year options, provides for SUAV turnkey services that include:
training [ of Canadian ] Forces personnel; maintenance personnel; repair, technical and engineering support; and
integrated logistics support. The services also include launching the SUAVs and performing post takeoff checks
before providing them to CF personnel for operational missions. Once the missions are complete, the contractor will
recover the SUAVs to prepare them for their next mission.
This contract, with an estimated value of US $30 million [$37M] for the initial one-year period, is in addition to two
other separate earlier procurements announced in August 2008. These procurements were undertaken to ensure that the
Canadian Forces depl- oyed in Afghanistan would have the equipment they needed, well in advance of the February 2009
deadline to meet recommendations of the ... Manley Report.
First, the Government awarded a contract to The Boeing Company to provide SUAV services on an
interim basis. This contract provided for a turnkey service spanning less than one
year. This [ ScanEagle ] equipment has been in the field since July 2008.
Second, PWGSC worked [ ... ] with DND on a competitive procurement called Project Noctua to lease Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services for a two-year period, with
an additional one-year option. The contract was awarded to MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates [ for CU-170s ] as a result of an open, transparent and competitive
This allowed for the approach resulting in today's contract. The government obtained the equipment it needed as
quickly as possible to protect Canadian troops, while this new competitive process was undertaken to ensure best
value for Canadian taxpayers and ensure continued capability with the new contract being awarded today.
The Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy is an important component of the Government of Canada's
overall procurement process for major Crown purchases.
The IRB Policy enables the Government of Canada
to leverage major government procurements to create long-term industrial development and to generate significant
economic activity in Canada. The Policy ensures that successful prime contractors undertake
high-quality, high-technology work in Canada, equivalent to 100 percent
of the contract value, with
lasting economic benefit.
New contract for small unmanned aerial vehicles ( SUAV ) will
For immediate release
GATINEAU, Quebec, April 6, 2009 – The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the
Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, the
Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, as well as the Minister of Industry, the Honourable Tony
Clement, today announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a contract to Insitu Inc.
of Bingen, Washington, USA, [ Bingen is a small town on the Columbia River, east of Portland, OR ] to provide
small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV) services to support the Canadian Forces.
"As a result of a fair, open and transparent competition, we now have a contract to
provide SUAV services that our Canadian Forces will be able to use in Afghanistan and beyond,"
said Minister Paradis. "We moved quickly last summer to meet our short term needs," he added. "This procurement will
not only add to the [CF] SUAV fleet ..., but will provide best value for Canadian taxpayers while stimulating our
"The Canadian Forces' UAV capability directly contributes to the safety and protect- ion of our troops deployed on
operations," added Minister MacKay. "The awarding of this contract will help ensure that the men and women of
the Canadian Forces are provided with the necessary support to sustain this important capability in current
operations in Afghanistan, and into the future."
As part of the Request for Proposal [ see: Notice
of Proposed Procurement ], Insitu Inc. must provide 100 percent industrial and regional
benefits. This means that Insitu Inc. will boost the Canadian economy by generating one dollar of economic activity
in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.
Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to this procurement. As such, Insitu Inc. is required
to undertake high quality and advanced-technology business activities in Canada in an amount
equal to 100 percent of the contract value. This means that the company will invest one dollar of
economic activity in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to generate the greatest amount of economic
benefit to Canadian industry and the economy at large through its major defence procurements," said
Minister Clement. "Canada's Industrial Regional Benefits Policy is in place to ensure that prime contractors
encourage long-term industrial development and generate significant economic activity in Canada."