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Search and Rescue – FWSAR Industry Day – MERX LOI –
An Industry Day for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Project:
Or how to avoid FWSAR Alternative Service
Oh dear! With the Government of Canada having signed a new, binding Arctic Search and Rescue Treaty and an independent review of the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Project Statement of
Operational Requirements (SOR), the pidgeons have come home to roost for the FWSAR Project Management Office,
Chief of Air Staff, and the MND.
This was all supposed to be in the bag. After the 2011 election, Peter MacKay and the CAS, LGen Andre
Deschamps, announced FWSAR as their top procurement priority. That made it sound like they were ready
to cut a cheque for the preferred 'candidate', the Italian-built Alenia C-27J Spartan.
The trouble is, the NRC criticized the FWSAR Project's SOR by identifing assumptions that would skew a procurement
decision. "[The] SOR is over-constrained to the extent that very few compliant solutions are possible." The
constraints resulted from the Air Force's desire to maintain "the status quo: main operating base locations; CF crewing; and standby posture." In other words, the future FWSAR
'platform' would have to be fast and long-range enough to transit to any distance SAR areas from southern
FWSAR crew requirements are based on the current CC-115 Buffalo aircraft (but were not to be firmed up until the Definitions Phase ). This
was odd since the most numerous current FWSAR aircraft is the larger CC-130 Hercules. A single
twin-engined aircraft type available off-the-shelf was assumed. The NRC notes that 'off-the-shelf ' is not
defined but DND assumes minimal difficulty in re-certifying this aircraft. Yet that has rarely been the
case in past.
But it gets worse for DND, the CAS, and the Directorate of Aerospace Requirements. The NRC report attacks
the SOR assumption that FWSAR aircraft would "be operated and maintained by... CF personnel" saying that
FWSAR's SOR should be "capability- based rather than platform-centric". The NRC report goes on to claim that
"contracted support for...aircraft, aircrew, and maintenance... may lead to a lower cost solution and a more
effective [SAR] response. A capability-based SOR should not preclude options such as having part of the FWSAR
capability contracted outside of the military...". 
Ouch! Just what DND wanted to avoid. The notion of an Alternative Service Delivery FWSAR by contractors first popped up (officially at least) in March
2011 at the end of a Senate Committee report, Sovereignty and Security in Canada's Arctic. If the NRC's ASD
recommedation is being taken seriously, the Harper Tories have done something that no previous Canadian Government
could: detect an obvious solution to FWSAR.
 The NRC emphasizes that outside contracting "is already an existing practice in the rotary wing SAR community"
refering to the CF's "frequent use of civilian rotary-wing aircraft operators...through a National Master Standing
Offer for Air Charter Services".
CONSULTATIONS ON THE FIXED-WING SEARCH AND RESCUE PROJECT – MERX Letters of
Reference Numbers PW-$$BL-265-21577
Solicitation Numbers W8475-110001/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components No
Closing 2011-08-15 11:59 AM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
GSINS N1510: AIRCRAFT, FIXED WING
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Letter of
Interest ( LOI )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
CONSULTATIONS ON THE FIXED-WING SEARCH AND RESCUE PROJECT
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: —
Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
Letter of Interest FWSAR consultation August 2011
Industry consultation day on August 16, 2011 for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Project
On July 14, 2009, the Government of Canada sought the Canadian Defence and Aero- space industry's feedback on
the high-level considerations for Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) requirements. This feedback was
thoroughly reviewed by the Dep- artment of National Defence (DND), Public Works and Government Services Canada
(PWGSC) and Industry Canada (IC).
Following this consultation, the [GoC] engaged the National Research Council...(NRC) to conduct an independent
review of the FWSAR Statement of Operational Require- ments (SOR). The proposed operational requirements for the
replacement of the exist- ing Search and Rescue capability were subsequently amended.
The [GoC] is now ready to engage industry representatives on August 16, 2011, in the National
Capital Region, on the next steps to achieve the best approach to deliver FWSAR capability.
Industry representatives interested in the FWSAR project must confirm their attend- ance by contacting the
undersigned before August 15, 2011, at 11:59AM. Attendance at this event is strictly reserved to properly
registered industry representatives. [...]
The Government of Canada will consider all options to ensure the best possible SAR service to Canadians and best
value for taxpayers. The main goals of this consultation include: reviewing project status; reviewing the updated
requirements; and seeking Industry opinions on Alternate Service Delivery options.
During the consultation, Government of Canada officials will discuss the outcome of the NRC independent review
[ of the FWSAR SOR ...] , and provide a summary of the revised key requirements
followed by a discussion on potential [substitute] procure- ment approaches for FWSAR including Alternate Service Delivery
Subsequent to the plenary information session, one-on-one meetings with individual firms will be offered, if
requested, to discuss and answer specific questions. Partici- pants will be invited to prepare discussion papers
on the possible approaches avail- able to procure FWSAR capability. Industry will be given four weeks
following the consultation session to provide their feedback.
We look forward to your participation.
Contract Manager... Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Defence & Major Projects Sector
Delivery Date: 16/08/2011 [...]