Leopard 2A4 / 2A6M CAN – Canadian Forces Tanks – MERX NPP
– April 2009
Leopard 2 CAD Model – MERX Notice of Proposed Procurement
DRDC Valcartier is to out-source the creation of a computer model Leopard 2 tank. The primary goal is to assess vulnerability through simulation
– design of improved future protection gets mentioned. So does this suggest, contrary to media
reports, that skilled design jobs for Leopard 2
rebuilds are to remain in Canada? Well ... sort of.
While this type of CAD rendering is complex (and involves some classified materials), elsewhere, such work is
considered suitable for training apprentices. Indeed, the maker of the Leopard tanks, KMW, offers such
courses to trade/secondary school students.
More to the point, such simulation software is commercially available. AVAL (Assessment of Vulnerabil-
ity And Lethality) is a program that was created for the Swedish Army to produce vulnerability
data for a range of armoured vehicles. One of those Swedish vehicles, of course, is the Leopard 2 (Strv
121 and 122).
That the CAD project will be dominated by 'foreign content' is pretty much assured by the inclusion in the budget for
import tax and shipping – "FOB destination for goods, Customs duties and Excise taxes". And maybe
it's not jobs like CAD we should sweat.
Regardless of how the CAD gets done, such work is valuable. Vulnerability reduced means Canadian lives saved.
The only irony is that detailed work will likely be done by non-combatant nations.
The only other allied tanks in Afghanistan are Danish Leopard 2A5s and the Danes are
taking their cues from experienced Canadian tankers! The message from Ottawa (NDHQ and Government) seems
to be that Canadians may be taking the risks proving the hardware but an upgrade of the 'heavy steel' is quite
beyond our skills. Funny, Canadian industry managed to crank out 5600 tanks and tank-based vehicles in WWII.
Now, if noises from Ottawa are to be given credence, Canada's automotive industry is incapable of
repeating even a fraction of its WWII efforts. Instead, German Experten will be employed to repair,
upgrade, and modernize the CF Panzers. But all is not lost! Canadians are entrusted with tank
computer models. Oh yeah, and the actual fighting.
Leopard 2 CAD model NPP (as published on the MERX website) is reproduced below.
[ Computer Assisted Design ] Model of LEOPARD-2
– MERX NPP Notice
[Notice of Proposed Procurement]
Reference Numbers PW-$QCL-026-11663
Solicitation Numbers W7701-083231/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2009-04-15 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST
Category Research and Development (R&D)
GSINS AD917700: MILITARY
Region of Delivery Quebec
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Notice of
Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
CAD Model of LEOPARD-2
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
CAD MODEL OF LEOPARD-2
This request contains a security requirement.
PMO [Project Management Office] Tank has tasked DRDC [Defence R&D Canada ] Valcartier for conducting
experimental and simulation-based studies pertaining to the vulnerability of the LEOPARD 2 Main Battle Tank
As a necessary first step for conducting these activities, DRDC has to obtain a Computer-Assisted-Design (CAD 3D)
representation of the vehicle. This CAD model is the object of the present R&D contract.
OBJECTIVES OF THE WORK
The objective of the work is to produce a CAD model of the LEOPARD 2 tank from field
measurements to be used for vulnerability simulation, design of protection devices and Finite-Element
THE BIDDERS WILL BE EVALUATED ON
Technical proposal: 105 points (min.: 65 / 105)
Management proposal: 40 points (min.: 20 / 40 )
Company experience: 70 points (min.: 35 / 70 )
Global score to be achived: 120 / 215
The compliant proposal with the highest rated within budget will be recommanded for a contract award.
PERIOD OF CONTRACT AND ALLOCATED BUDGET
Period of contract: Contract Award to December 31, 2009.
The budget allocated for this contract is CAN $60,000.00, FOB [ie: 'Freight On Board'] destination for goods,
Customs duties and Excise taxes included, the Goods and Services Tax or the Harmonized Sales Tax extra, if applicable.
The work, with the possible exception of report production, is to be performed at DRDC Valcartier.
This requirement is not subject to the AIT (article 502.1.a).
This requirement is not subject to the NAFTA (annex 1001.1b-2A).
This requirement is not subject to the AGP-WTO (annex 4 of appendix 1).
This requirement is not subject to the CLCA as the services are not performed within any CLCA geographical
The intellectual property rights resulting from this work will be vested to the Crown.
All enquiries regarding this tender, are to be submitted in writing to the Contractual Authority : Julie Gallant,
Supply Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firms intending to submit tenders on this project should obtain tender documents through the MERX service provider
(http://www.merx.com). Modifications, when issued, will be available from the MERX service provider. Firms that
elect to base their bids on tender documents obtained from other sources do so at their own risk and will be
solely responsible to inform the tender calling authority of their intention to bid.
Sealed tenders will be received in English or French at the address mentioned below.
This PWGSC office provides acquisition services to the public in both official languages. Ce bureau de TPSGC fournit
des services d'achat au public dans les deux langues officielles.
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.
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