Canada Begins C-17 Buy With $1.3B for Equipment and Support

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LAIRCM Concept(click to view full) On September 14, 2006, the US DSCA (Defense Security & Cooperation Agency) has announced a proposed sale [PDF] to Canada, in order to support the sale of 4 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy transports. The sale includes 18 Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 engines, 4 AN/AAQ-24v13 LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) Systems, 20 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles, Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program software equipment, mission planning system and software, COMSEC(communications security) equipment, spare and repair parts, Personnel Life Support equipment, flares, supply support, training equipment and support, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is USD $1.3 billion… but Canada’s entire program has a limit of about USD $3 billion. Which also leads one to ask what happened with the expected competition – and where are the 4 C-17s to go with all of this gear? F117-PW-100 cutaway(click to view full) With respect to the competition, Canada’s program used an “Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN),” which permits the Government to identify an intended contract award recipient (in this case, Boeing for the C-17) based on its specifications and detailed market research. Industry […]

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