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CCV Project  –  Close Combat Vehicle  –  NPP/SOIQ  –  Sept 2010

Companions for the Leopards: the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) Project — MERX  Notice of  Proposed  Procurement (NPP/SOIQ)

The Close Combat Vehicle Project is DND's attempt to procure a new armoured vehicle type capable of keeping pace with planned Leopard 2A4/'6s of  the Tank Replacement Program ( TRP ).  So far, the procurement process for both projects has been laboured.

The original CCV NPP/SOIQ resulted in the disqualification of  every submitted vehicle type.  Those submissions were the tracked  CV9035 and  ASCOD; and wheeled  BoxerPiranha 5,  and VBCI. All were eliminated for not meeting the armour requirements. This is odd since the armour of  these types is known and  DND demands military-off-the-shelf vehicles.

This document ends with the statement "No further Notices of Proposed Procurement
[ ... ] will be issued on GETS/MERX after this SOIQ." Rather ironic since the preceding NPP/SOIC ended with the same bold but clearly flawed assertion. So what's changed ?

Obviously this revised NPP/SOIQ results in further slippage – now closing on 09 Sept 2010 instead of 25 June. Rather than 138 CCVs including 30 options, it now reads 108 + 30 options (although the first iteration seemed perfectly clear ).  More revealing is that desired armour protection from mine / IED blast have now been removed. That reveals where DND/PWGSC got into trouble with their initial  CCV NPP/SOIQ in the first place.

DND insists that CCV be a MOTS combination of off-the-shelf  platform and turret. Then DND demands a level of  armour  protection unheard of on existing hulls. Small wonder suppliers put forward the same candidate vehicles submitted for two UK  FRES contests. No supplier would risk integrating a different turret system onto a hull for a modest order of 108 vehicles. Nor will suppliers develop new armour  packages when responding to an NPP/SOIQ specifically demanding a Military-off-the-shelf  'solution'.

To recap, CCV struggles on as a project but has already boxed itself into a corner. The most desired vehicle ( Puma,  the only type even close to satisfying armour protection requirements) was not even offered for CCV. Many other manufacturers would happily take an order for 108 armoured vehicles. But which will trouble themselves to tailor any offering to the specifications of a demanding, increasingly fussy, but still minor client?

A slightly abridged text of  this NPP/SOIQ (and its predecessor) is reproduced below. ________________________________________

Close Combat Vehicle  [ CCVProject  [ Revised ]
MERX  NPP  [ Notice of  Proposed  Procurement ]
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Reference Number                PW-$CCV-002-20362
Solicitation Number              W6508-10CC01/E
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes

Dates

Published     2010-08-26
Revised        —
Closing         2010-09-09  02:00 PM  Eastern Daylight Saving Time  EDT

Details

Category     Transportation Equipment and Spares
GSINS          JX2320A: VEHICLES, WHEELED, STANDARD MILITARY PATTERN,
                     REPAIR AND OVERHAUL;  JX2350: COMBAT, ASSAULT, AND
                     TACTICAL VEHICLES, TRACKED - REPAIR;  N2350: COMBAT,
                     ASSAULT, AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, TRACKED N2355: COMBAT,
                     ASSAULT AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, WHEELED
Region of Delivery            New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type                       Notice of  Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description

Close Combat Vehicle Project

Trade Agreement:  Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tendering Procedures:  All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Attachment:  None Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement:  No
Nature of  Requirements:  W6508-10CC01/E

Close Combat Vehicle Project

Preamble

This solicitation cancels and supersedes previous solicitation number W6508-10CC01/ D  [ below ]  dated  April 26, 2010  with a closing of  June 25, 2010 at 14h00.  Due to an urgent requirement this solicitation W6508-10CC01/E is being posted for 15 days only.

Respondents wishing to receive the IBM Rational DOORS CD package, as outlined in this solicitation, should make their request as soon as possible to the Contracting Authority. Interested respondents should review this solicitation in its entirety prior to responding.

Requirement

The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for the provision of 108 Close Combat Vehicles (CCV) in various configurations, with an option to procure up to thirty (30) additional vehicles.

The initial series of deliveries and logistics requirements will be specified in detail in the RFP. The option to procure an additional quantity of up to thirty (30) CCV may be exercised at the sole discretion of Canada within four (4) years after contract award. Further, the contractor will be required to provide long-term In-Service Support (ISS) services for approximately twenty-five (25) years to commence after the interim support period.

The CCV must be an integrated, supportable, existing or upgraded version of a Military Off-the-Shelf (MOTS) BASE VEHICLE and MOTS TURRET, each of which is in production for and/or in service with another military recognized by DND as of the closing date of this Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ).

Procurement Approach

The procurement approach for the Close Combat Vehicle is in two discrete phases. The first phase, referred to as the Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ), will be the pre-qualification of potential bidders. Those Respondents who qualify will be registered on a CCV Pre-Qualified Bidders List. The second phase, referred to as the Request for Proposal (RFP), will invite those firms who are registered on the CCV Pre- Qualified Bidders List to submit a proposal.

This SOIQ is subject to the provisions of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).

No further Notices of Proposed Procurement (NPP) will be issued on GETS/MERX after this SOIQ.

The Contracting Authority for this SOIQ is:

Public Works and Government Services Canada
Defence and Major Projects Sector
Close Combat Vehicle Project
Attention: Mrs. Kristen Ward
Telephone: 819 994-4758
E-mail: kristen.ward@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned  [ ... ]

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Close Combat Vehicle  [ CCVProject  [ Original ]
MERX  NPP  [ Notice of  Proposed  Procurement ]
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Reference Number                PW-$CCV-002-19968
Solicitation Number              W6508-10CC01/D
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes

Dates

Published     2010-04-26
Revised        2010-06-04
Closing         2010-06-25  02:00 PM  Eastern Daylight Saving Time  EDT

Details

Category     Special Purpose Vehicles
GSINS          N2350: COMBAT, ASSAULT, AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, TRACKED
                     N2355: COMBAT, ASSAULT AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, WHEELED
Region of  Delivery  Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia,
                     New Brunswick, Quebec, National Capital Region, Ontario, Manitoba,
                     Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories,
                     Nunavut
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type                       Notice of  Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description

Close Combat Vehicle Project

Trade Agreement:  Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tendering Procedures:  Best Overall Proposal
Attachment:  None Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement:  No
Nature of  Requirements:  W6508-10CC01/D

Close Combat Vehicle Project

The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for the provision of up to 138 Close Combat Vehicles (CCV) in various configurations, which includes an opt- ional quantity of up to thirty (30) vehicles. The CCV will provide a high level of crew protection, incorporating mine blast resistance and protection against both Impro- vised Explosive Devices (IED) and ballistic threats. The CCV will incorporate a protected main weapon station to engage and defeat the enemy.

The initial series of deliveries will include a minimum quantity of eight (8) CCV with the initial Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package, required within twenty-four months after contract award. The delivery of the remaining 100 vehicles must be completed within forty-eight months after contract award. Along with the initial eight vehicles, the contractor will be required to provide interim support including repair and overhaul and deployed technical support. The option to procure an additional quantity of up to thirty CCV may be exercised at the sole discretion of Canada within four years after contract award. Further, the contractor will be required to provide long-term In-Service Support (ISS) services for approximately twenty-five (25) years to commence after the interim support period.  [ ... ]


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