L O I s
Medium Support Vehicle – MERX – CF
Procurement – January 2009
Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Tactical Truck —
MSVS Standard Military Pattern
(SMP) — MERX LOI Notice
The Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project has lurched forward another ratchet. This 'new' LOI
Notice requests responses to newly revised requirements and specifications for Standard Military Pattern (SMP) replacements for
MLVWs. This is the second revised LOI for the MSVS SMP. In the first
revised LOI for the SMP, the changes came from within DND. According to the revised LOI,
this time changes to technical specifications result from an evaluation of industry feedback.
Basic requirements remain: the 2 1/2 ton MLVW will be replaced by 4.5 ton capacity vehicles (SMP
and civilian- pattern MilCOTS type). The MSVS must also be proven in service with the army of a NATO
ally ( 2M fleet kms ).
Two other changes stand out from the previous LOI for the MSVS SMP. "Region of Delivery" was listed as
'Ontario'. It is now listed as the National Capital Region and every province and territory of Canada. The
"Agreement Type" was listed as 'Agreement on Internal
Trade (AIT)'. Now it is listed as 'NONE'. We can infer from this last change that not a single Canadian
truck manufacturer is being considered as a potential bidder on MSVS. Perhaps not surprising. Sterling will
accept its last orders for vehicles on 15 Jan 2009 – the same day the LOI responses are expected. Western
Star, which built the HESV, shut down its Canadian operation years ago.
The LOI Notice's text (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below:
Note: the original text of this LOI Notice is broken up with non-breaking spaces. Since these appear to
be a failed attempt at copy-fitting rather than deletions, the non-breaking spaces have been omitted
(along with some repetitive references ).
MSVS – Standard Military Pattern (SMP) – LOI
Notice [ MLVW Replacement
Reference Number PW-$$BW-007-18127
Solicitation Number W8476-06MSMP/E
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2009-01-30 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST
Transportation Equipment and Spares
N2320: TRUCKS AND TRUCK TRACTORS, WHEELED
Region of Delivery Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, National Capital Region,
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Colum-
bia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Letter of Interest
( LOI )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
MSVS [ Medium Support Vehicle System ] – Standard Military Pattern
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
1.1 In June 2006, the Canadian government announced its commitment to streng- then Canada's military, in part by
investing in medium sized logistics trucks need- ed to ensure the military remains capable of effective training,
supporting domest- ic operations and sustaining deployed forces. This Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Project
is one of the Canada First Defence Procurement initiatives to support the Canada First Defence Strategy. It will
enable the Canadian Forces to replace the existing Medium Logistic Vehicle Wheeled truck fleet.
1.2 As part of the Project, the Canadian Forces have a requirement to replace the current fleet of
Standard Military Pattern (SMP) medium lift trucks [ie: the MLVW, Medium Logistics Vehicle, Wheeled ] and
trailers. This procurement will include the acquisition of a fleet of up to 1500 SMP vehicles, up to 150 armour
protection systems kits, and 300 load handling system (LHS) trailers, plus options for addit- ional quantities. This
fleet will comprise three variants: cargo, cargo with crane, and cargo with load handling system.
2.1 The purpose of this LOI is to:
a. Confirm the continued interest of potential bidders who have self-identified as
of an earlier LOI;
b. Invite potential bidders to provide more detailed feedback to the MSVS Project
on the current
draft SMP specifications.
c. Allow an opportunity for any other interested bidders who anticipate [that]
they have the
ability to meet the requirements to come forward; and
d. Invite each potential bidder to host an additional information session to dis-
cuss in detail the
MSVS requirement and their proposed solutions with MSVS
2.2 Recipients of this Letter of Interest are hereby advised as follows:
a. This is not a Bid Solicitation, Request for Proposal (RFP), or a Call for Tender; Canada will not accept
any proposal received as a result of this letter;
b. Canada assumes no responsibilities or obligations in respect to the cost of
response to this LOI; and
c. Responses to this LOI shall in no way commit or bind Canada or the respond-
ent to enter into any
2.3 It should be noted by potential bidders that a portion of the technical specifi- cations for the SMP
vehicle will be classified at the secret level. In order to obtain the classified portion of the technical
specifications and prepare their proposals, bidders will be required to meet all the security requirements as per
the Security Requirements Check List (SRCL) and contractual security clauses posted on the MSVS Project website. It
is therefore imperative to initiate the security process as soon as possible by visiting the Canadian Industrial
Security Directorate (CISD) website at the following address: http://www.ciisd.gc.ca [now File 404,
[Note: the url listed above was obsolete at the time of publication. CIISD stood for
the Canadian and International Industrial Security Directorate. In 2007, CIISD split into CISD and the International
Industrial Security Directorate. Now rebranded as PWGSC's Industrial Security Services, the url is: http://ssi-iss.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/. Bureaucrats regard these
rebrandings as 'action'. Taxpayers are unlikely to agree.]
3.1 Key Mandatory requirements for the SMP vehicle include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. The vehicle's Base Chassis must be in-service with a NATO military force and
have accumulated a
total of at least 2 million kilometres on the fleet in conditions
that are representative of the MSVS
Project SMP vehicle mission profile;
b. The vehicle must be tactically air transportable by a C-130 [Hercules] Aircraft;
c. The vehicle must have a [minimum] payload capacity of ... 4.5 tonnes (Cargo
variant) and 8 tonnes (Crane and LHS variant); and
d. The vehicle must be capable of having an armour protection system installed
(add-on or cab
replacement) that protects occupants while located in the cab of
the vehicle. Note that when the APS is
installed, the vehicle is not specifically
required to be tactically transportable by C-130
3.2 Industrial and Regional Benefits will be sought on the MSVS Project SMP
Bidders will be required to commit to 100% of the contract value
in direct and indirect Industrial and
3.3 All SMP vehicle requirements [are included] in the draft technical specifica- tions
for the MSVS Project that have been posted on the MSVS Project website at http://www.forces.gc.ca/admmat-smamat/msvs-svsm/home-accueil-eng.asp , in various iterations
since October 2007. Industry feedback was solicited ... and the comments that were received were evaluated and
revisions to the technical speci- fication have been posted on the website.
4.1 Potential bidders who have previously indicated their interest in participating
in this project,
are requested to provide the following:
a. The name of the company,
b. Company address, name, e-mail address and phone number of the key point
c. Company web home page if available, and
d. An indication of the potential bidder's interest in hosting an additional inform-
to discuss in detail the MSVS requirement and their proposed solu-
tions with MSVS Project staff.
4.2 Potential bidders who have not previously indicated their interest in partici- pating in this project and
wish to respond to this LOI are requested to provide the following: [... repeat of Section 4.1 points a.
through d., then ... ]
e. Teaming Arrangements - details of the bidder's teaming arrangements, if
f. Capability - a description of the bidder's ability to perform the work;
g. Capacity - an indication of the bidder's ability to produce the quantity of
h. Testing - an indication of the bidder's ability to test the vehicles in accordance with the specifications
and documentation posted on the project website; and
i. Support - a description of the bidder's maintenance and support capability (It is planned to have the
SMP...in service with the Canadian Forces for up to 20 years)
4.3 Response documents and supporting information may be submitted in either English or French ...
4.4 Responses may be forwarded either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Medium Support Vehicle Systems Project Management Office
National Defence Headquarters,
105 Hotel de Ville, [circumflex omitted in original]
Gatineau Quebec, Canada, K1A 0K2
Attention: John L. Ridgeway, Public Works and Government Services Canada
5 ON-SITE VISITS
5.1 Having examined the feedback and comments received to date, Canada has recently updated the specifications
and documentation [on the MSVS] project website. To assist the project in the preparation of the final solicitation
documents for the SMP vehicle, Canada now wishes to provide each potential bidder interest- ed in participating in
any eventual RFP as the Prime Contractor with the opportun- ity to host an additional information session related to
the SMP requirement on- site at their facilities. During these on-site visits, potential bidders will be provided with
the opportunity to make presentations and demonstrations related to their capability to meet the SMP requirement.
These presentations and demonstrations should include the vehicle systems, the armour protection systems, Integrated
Logistics Support capabilities, life cycle support capabilities and any other areas that potential bidders may feel
are important to the selection process. Ideally, on- site visits will be a maximum of 2 days in duration and take
place during mid to late January 2009.
5.2 The on-site visits will allow companies to provide more detailed feedback to the MSVS Project on the
current draft SMP specifications with particular emphasis on those areas where their vehicle solutions vary from the
SMP requirements. As well, these on-site visits will give MSVS Project staff an opportunity to view first- hand a
representative product ... (minimum one variant) and if possible, an oppor- tunity for a general ride-and-drive
demonstration in that product.
5.3 Schedules for the on-site visits will be finalized with each interested potential bidder following receipt
of their response to this LOI. Any information presented will be treated in a confidential manner [...] It is
expected that four members of MSVS Project staff will participate in each on-site visit.
5.4 Meetings will only be held with potential bidders that are interested in partici- pating in any eventual
RFP as the Prime Contractor and who have demonstrated capabilities and capacities as potential vehicle suppliers.
Other suppliers interest- ed in participating in the MSVS Project SMP procurement should approach poten- tial Prime
Contractors rather than the MSVS Project office directly.
5.5 All potential bidders must be aware that MSVS Project will not present or re- lease new information
during these on-site visits. These on-site visits are intended for participants to present comments related to this
requirement to MSVS Project staff directly.
5.6 It is expected that potential Prime Contractors who elect to participate in the on-site visits will be
represented by personnel cognizant of the draft SMP specifi- cations, be in a position to present feedback on the
current specifications publish- ed on the MSVS Project website and any other pertinent areas of interest that may
5.7 It must be emphasized that participation in the on-site visits will be at no cost to Canada, other than
the travel costs to the on-site visit sites. There is no require- ment to participate in the on-site visits in order
to participate in any eventual RFP, and the on-site visits themselves will have no effect on the evaluation of
respon- ses to any eventual RFP.
6.1 The on-site visits with the MSVS Project staff will be held at the potential bidders' facility as early
in 2009 as possible. For the purpose of confirming their availability and reserving a time period for their on-site
visits, potential bidders
are requested to contact the PWGSC Contracting Manager for the SMP Vehicle Project, Mr.
John L. Ridgeway, either by phone at 819-997-7181 or via e-mail at email@example.com no later than 15 January 2009. The exact timing and location for the
on-site visits will be confirmed at that time.
Delivery Date: 18/12/2008 ...