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Canadian Surface Combatant Project  –  Future Destroyer  –  November 2012

Future Destroyers and Frigates:  The Canadian Surface Combatant
Project – MERX LOI
 [ Letter of Interest ] - CSC Project Notification

The Canadian Surface Combatant ( CSC ) Project  is for the planned replacements of existing 'Tribal' class air-defence destroyers and, eventually, Halifax class 'Canadian Patrol Frigates'. Although not mentioned in this LOI notice, the CSC Project is generally thought to involve a total of 15 new vessels over time. The CSC Project stems from the Navy's earlier Single-Class Surface Combatant study. The point of SCSC, as its name suggests, was two future classes of warship sharing a single hull design. The future destroyer replacement will be dubbed the Area Air Defence and  Task Group Command and Control variant. These would be built first. A more distant Halifax class CPF replacement will referred to as the General Purpose variant.

The purpose of this 'LOI - CSC Project' notification is to announce the date for a CSC Project Industry Engagement 'Kick-Off Session'. All this means is that the representatives of private firms and industry associations have been invited to Gatineau to hear DND's and Public Works' take on their  Canadian Surface Combatant  concept and the CSC Project generally. To date, several firms have shown unofficially interest – among them, BAE Systems with a rejected joint frigate development proposal, ThyssenKrupp Marine, and  DCNS with a French FREMM AD variant.

Other potential candidates for CSC have been mentioned including the De Zeven Provinciën class from the Netherlands and the Danish Iver Huitfeldt class from Denmark. These Dutch and Danish designs, like ThyssenKrupp's F124 Sachsen class frigates, have the advantage of having already integrated DND's preferred sensor suites  (combining Thales' APAR and SMART-L  radars).  FREDA, the FREMM air defence derivative, will have French systems.

The British Type 26 is still in the planning stage but no air defence variant is planned. Radar has yet to be selected but, one possible choice is a SMART-L derivative (S1850M) from the Type 45 Daring class destroyer. [1] Two other classes mentioned in relation to CSC are both Spanish-built: the Norwegian Nansen class and  Spain's Alvaro de Bazan class. Both of  the Navantia frigates are Aegis Combat System types with Lockheed Martin's AN/SPY-1D radar.

[1] At 8,000 tonnes full displacement and 152.4 m long,  the British Type 45 Daring class air defence destroyer is both much larger and heavier than the planned size for the CSC Project.


LOI - CSC Project  [ Letter of  Interest notification for the Canadian Surface Combatant Project for future warships ]

Reference Number                PW-$CSC-002-23296
Solicitation Number              W847S-130014/A
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes


Published     2012-10-26
Revised        2012-10-31
Closing         2012-11-05  02:00 PM  Eastern Standard Time  EST


Category                             Marine
GSINS                                  N1905: COMBAT SHIPS AND LANDING VESSELS
Region of Delivery            Nova Scotia
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                NONE
Tender Type                       Letter of Interest (LOI)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description

LOI - CSC Project  [...]

AMENDMENT 002- Please note that the "delivery date" as described herein refers to the responses to Canada's Questions as detailed in the solicitation documents.

AMENDMENT 001- The Purpose of this amendment is to make administrative changes.

1. At Article 4, delete:

Insert in lieu, the following:

2. After Article 5, Insert the following:
Please order the Solicitation documents for further details.


Letter of Interest

Industry Engagement for the Canadian Surface Combatant Project

The purpose of this Letter of Interest (LOI) is to invite private sector firms and industry associations interested in the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project to:

a. attend the CSC Industry Engagement Kick-Off Session on Nov. 15, 2012; and/or

b. submit written responses to Canada's questions soliciting industry recommendations on the procurement approach which will lead to an implementation contract or contracts for combat ships.

This LOI is neither a call for Tenders nor a Request for Proposal (RFP). No agreement or contract will be entered into, with any person or entity, based on this LOI. The issuance of this LOI is not to be considered in any way a commitment by the Government of Canada or as authority to potential participants to undertake any work, which could be charged to Canada. This LOI is not to be considered as a commitment to issue an RFP or award contract(s) for this Project.

Canada reserves the right to change, at any time, all or parts of this LOI and Industry Engagement approach as deemed necessary. Written responses will become the property of Canada and will not be returned. All responses will be treated as confidential, subject to the provisions of the Access to Information Act (R.S. 1985, c. A-1) and the Privacy Act (R.S., 1985, c. P-21).

Respondents will not be reimbursed for any cost incurred to provide a response to this LOI or to attend CSC Industry Engagement meetings. Any and all expenses incurred by industry in pursuing this opportunity are at industry's sole risk and expense.

Canada welcomes industry feedback/comments on any or all aspects of this procurement. Written responses may be submitted in either of Canada's official languages.

The Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) states the requirement "to replace Canada's destroyers and frigates to ensure that the Canadian Forces can continue to monitor and defend Canadian waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations." The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Project has been created to deliver the combat ships to meet this requirement.

Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is the program through which Canada is rebuilding the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard.

Our intent is that the ships which comprise the CSC will consist of two variants - the first of these being the Area Air Defence and Task Group Command and Control variant and the second being the General Purpose variant.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the NSPS selected shipyard. Information on the NSPS can be found at:

A project web site has been created to provide information to industry regarding the CSC Project. The address of this web site is:

The following is indicative of some of the legislation, trade agreements and government policies which will be addressed by the eventual Request for Proposals for the CSC Project:

A) The Department of National Defence has invoked a National Security Exception (NSE) for the CSC procurement;

B) This procurement is not subject to the Trade Agreements as a NSE has been invoked;

C) IRBs are a mandatory element in the CSC project. The successful contractor will be required to provide IRBs to Canada valued at 100% of the contract value for the Project

Implementation. Detailed IRB requirements and instructions will be issued with any subsequent Request for Proposal. The IRB Policy is administered by Industry Canada with assistance from the Regional Development Agencies. To obtain information about Canada's IRB Policy, visit:

D) Controlled Goods Program (CGP): This procurement may be subject to the CGP. For further information on the CGP, visit:

E) Federal Contractors Program: The Federal Contractors Program for Employment Equity will apply to this procurement. For further information on the Federal Contractors Program for Employment Equity, visit:

Any questions concerning this LOI are to be directed to PWGSC as follows:

Canadian Surface Combatant Project
Attention: Kimberly Salvati
Phone: (819) 997-7393

5. Industry Engagement Kick-Off Session Details
Attendance at the CSC Industry Engagement Kick-off Session is limited to representatives of private sector firms which register their participants by November 5, 2012, 11:59 pm EST.

The following information is required in order to register:
 a. Corporate legal name;
 b. Corporate address;
 c. The name of the primary contact for your firm;
 d. The names of each of the representatives attending as well as their position title, office address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address; and
 e. Indicate which one or two of the following industry sectors most closely describe the nature of your firm's potential involvement in the CSC procurement:
   i.    Combat Ship Design;
   ii.   Combat Systems Integration;
   iii.  Platform Systems Integration;
   iv.   Original Equipment Manufacturer;
   v.    Integrated Logistics Support;
   vi.   In-Service Support;
   vii.  Irving Shipbuilding Inc.(the NSPS selected shipyard);
   viii. Other Marine Sector (please specify);
   ix.   Other Industry Sector (please specify); or
   x.    Industry association.

The list of attendees (by name and organisation) may be published in the public domain after the event. Accordingly, by providing the above information, participants consent to the release of that information to the public.

The Kick-off Session is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 2012
 a. Check-In
 b. Welcome and Objectives
 c. Opening Remarks
   i.    PWGSC Assistant Deputy Minister Acquisitions Branch
   ii.   DND Assistant Deputy Minister Materiel
   iii.  Commander Royal Canadian Navy

 d. Recapitalizing the Combat Fleet
 e. Overview of CSC Project
 f. Engagement Methodology

 g. Questions

 h. Closing

Location: Gatineau, Québec
Security: Presentations will be unclassified
Registration: Registration is open to private sector firms and industry associations; Request pre-registration by November 5, 2012, 11:59 pm EST;
Note - Media representatives are to contact PWGSC Media Relations (819-956-2315)

Point of Contact: as detailed at Article 4 herein.

Please note that:
(1) Although a firm may chose to register the number of representatives that it would like to have in attendance, Canada reserves the right to limit attendance, if needed due to space limitations; Canada will inform industry if the number of attendees per company must be capped;
(2) All attendees are required to pre-register for this event and will be required to sign-in with personal identification upon arrival to the venue; there will not be registration at the door for additional attendees;
(3) All firms are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, meals, parking, response preparation costs and all other expenses related to CSC Industry Engagement;
(4) Participation is not a mandatory requirement. Not attending the Industry Engagement Kick-off Session will not preclude an interested participant from submitting a proposal in response to any future Requests for Proposal;
(5) For media enquiries, please call Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Media Relations Office at: 819-956-2315.

If representatives of your company are planning on attending the CSC Industry Engagement Kick-off Session on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 you are to submit your complete registration information as detailed above by November 5, 11:59 pm EST.

Delivery Date: 29/11/2012  [...]

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