Further to this May 2014 post,
the project has been done in, by Canadian standards miraculously short time and, even though the contract was effectively sole-sourced to a Canadian plant (in Quebec), there was perishingly little media or political controversy over the deal. One concludes people are obsessed with Canadian Forces’ procurements whilst the CCG gets generally overlooked (very few people comparatively know anything about it)–though its shipbuilding problems are getting noticed, probably because they’re part of an overall shipbuilding “strategy” with the Navy.
The government’s whirlybird news release:
Delivery of 15 new light-lift helicopters for Canadian Coast Guard is on budget and ahead of schedule
DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA –The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Jody Thomas, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, accepted today the last new light-lift helicopter into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.
After being awarded a contract in May 2014, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd, based in Mirabel, Quebec, completed the delivery of fifteen light-lift helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard in less than two years. This impressive milestone was achieved ahead of schedule and on budget…
- The Government of Canada has also awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter for seven medium‑lift helicopters, with delivery starting in 2017 [see link at end of this post].
- The overwhelming majority of flying hours logged by Coast Guard helicopters (65% of the total) is devoted to ensuring the safety of marine traffic, followed by icebreaking operations (15%) and its other responsibilities to other Coast Guard programs and other government departments (20%).
- Economic benefits of this procurement are being leveraged through the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy. The policy ensures that companies that win Government of Canada defence and security contracts conduct high quality and advanced technology business activities in Canada, equal to contract value…
Those bigger choppers: