Airlift Capability Project – MERX LOI – CF Procurement – August 2006
Airlift Capability Project - Tactical — MERX LOI Notice
On 05 July 2006 – the same day that the Canadian government issued two ACANs (Advance Contract Award
Notices) announcing its intention to place orders for 4 C-17
Globemaster III transport aircraft and 16 CH-47
Chinook medium- to heavy- lift helicopters from Boeing) – a third invitation was issued to the
global aerospace industry. Through its electronic-tendering service, the government has requested
"Letters of Interest" from potential suppliers of tactical transport aircraft
capable of replacing the CF fleet of aged CC-130E Hercules and the older CC-130H models.
A "Letter of Interest" (LOI) approach is meant to eliminate unsuitable suppliers at an early
stage, thereby saving time and money for both business and government. The first step is the "Solicitation
of Interest and Qualification" (SOIQ) to establish the suitability of both supplier and potential product.
If appropriate qualifications were shown, the next stage would be a more formal "Request for
Proposal" (RFP). However, as noted in the text, the government is not obligated to proceed to RFP.
The LOI Notice's text (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below:
Airlift Capability Project - Tactical – LOI Notice
Replacement Letters-of-Interest Notice]
Reference Number PW-$SSC-004-13707
Solicitation Number W8475-07SA30/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2006-08-04 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
N1510: AIRCRAFT, FIXED WING
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Letter of
Interest ( LOI )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
Airlift Capability Project — Tactical [ ACP-T ]
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may
submit a bid
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: Airlift Capability Project - Tactical
DRAFT SOLICITATION OF INTEREST AND QUALIFICATION (SOIQ)
The Draft SOIQ document can be ordered through MERX. The purpose of the Draft SOIQ document is to solicit comments from Industry.
Comments in writing shall be directed only to Mr. Scott Horrocks at the following e-mail address up to the
closing date and time.
The formal SOIQ will follow after closing of the DRAFT SOIQ.
Airlift Capability Project - Tactical
The objective of the Airlift Capability Project – Tactical is to replace a number of aircraft
from the Canadian Forces' aging CC-130E / H [Lockheed Hercules]
fleet with new tactical air transport aircraft that are operationally effective, and provide an
assured Canadian Forces tactical airlift capability that meets the statement of
operational requirements. This procurement will establish a contract for the supply of 17 new aircraft
with the provision of In-Services Support (ISS) for an initial 20 year period. The contract
will contain options to extend the contract to the estima- ted life expectancy of the aircraft.
Canada's Supply Policy encourages a supplier pre-qualification
process when complex procurements will likely result in high
proposal preparation costs to industry. By using a Solicitation of Interest and Qualification
(SOIQ) to initiate the procurement process, firms evaluated as not meeting the discriminating mandatory
criteria are informed before they undertake the effort and expense of preparing a
complete priced proposal.
Responses to this SOIQ shall contain a statement from the Respondent confirming the official language of
Canada in which the Respondent wishes to use in any ex- change of correspondence with Canada.
Questions in writing shall be directed only to Mr. Len Bradshaw at the following e-mail
address up to the closing date and time.
The Department of National Defence intends to publish the Statement of Oper-
ational Requirement as soon as available at the following internet address:
www.forces.gc.ca/admmat/dgmpd/pmoacp [ Still not available as of July 2008 ]
No Contract will be awarded as a result of the SOIQ.
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
System Support Contracting Office/Bureau de projet pour le Soutien des Systemes
400 Cumberland St. / 400, rue Cumberland, 11th Floor/11e étage
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0S5
[Telephone] (613) 991-9787 ( )