Welcome to the April edition of the FWSAR newsletter. In the last few months, there have been several important changes to Canada’s defense procurement strategy. You can read about how these new changes will impact the FWSAR competition and Team Spartan in the Program Update section. One particularly important aspect of the new procurement strategy will be the high-value Canadian work requirement. Team Spartan is well-positioned for this aspect, having recently expanded its Canadian presence through the selection of KF Aerospace as its Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) provider. This expansion signifies the team’s continued commitment to delivering economic growth to Canadians. As always, Team Spartan remains dedicated to offering a best-value, low-risk solution that can meet the current FWSAR service requirements within the prescribed budget.
On February 5, 2014, the Ministers of Public Works and National Defence launched the new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) and ushered in the most comprehensive reforms of Canada’s Defence Procurement Industrial policies in a generation.
Canada’s New Defence Procurement Strategy
The proposed approach will require potential bidders on defence projects to outline Value Propositions that will bring High Value Work to Canada. As a departure from past offset policy, this requirement will be rated for quality and strategic value and assigned a weight in the bid evaluation alongside requirements and cost. While Value Propositions have not yet been tightly designed, FWSAR is the prime test case on how they may work.
Within the FWSAR draft RFP, there is a Canadian High Value Work annex that will require that In-Service Support (ISS) work and Intellectual Property (IP) is located in Canada. This is a mixed mandatory/rated requirement written by National Defence Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) specialists and Industry Canada. Value Propositions will likely focus on direct work available to Canadian companies based on procurement policies. FWSAR will be the test case, and Team Spartan is well positioned to show how effective teaming arrangements can be at bringing High Value Work to Canada.
Impact of DPS on FWSAR
The new Defence Procurement Strategy will have significant impact on the FWSAR program. The Project’s LOI (Letter of Interest) Phase was recently extended. As Team Spartan awaits the release of the final RFP, the team is expanding its presence in Canada and planning its ISS plans, IP transfers, and plans to bring CA$3 billion in High Value work to the Canadian aerospace industry.
Team Spartan’s FWSAR solution will support hundreds of long-term, high-tech jobs across the country as well as investments in infrastructure and technology, making it an outstanding economic stimulus for Canada’s aerospace sector. Team Spartan will enable enhanced capability growth in Canada, delivering high-quality and low risk services. General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada will missionize the aircraft and lead the ISS; DRS TCL will deliver the long term training program to RCAF; and KF Aerospace will provide Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of the FWSAR fleet beyond the next 20 years.
Team Spartan not only offers Canada the very best aircraft for FWSAR, but also has a strong Canadian presence with three of Canada’s leading defence companies (GDC, DRS and KF Aerospace) that collectively have more than 100 years of experience supporting Canadians, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Canada’s technological capabilities.
Team Spartan welcomes the Canadian Government’s new Defence Procurement Strategy, and with the C-27J, our Team plans to help make the new DPS a successful example of how Industry and the Canadian government can deliver the right equipment for the right price while creating positive economic growth. Canadians deserve nothing less.
PROVIDING FWSAR CAPABILITY WITHIN THE BUDGET: HOW TEAM SPARTAN CAN MEET THE EXPECTED LEVEL OF SAR SERVICE
The procurement of new fixed-wing SAR aircraft will be competitive, open, and transparent, ensuring the best value and level of service for Canadian taxpayers while providing the Canadian Forces with a capability that meets their operational requirements.
The competitive procurement strategy is a capability-based requirement in which industry, including Team Spartan, will be required to propose the type, and number of aircraft; as well as the number of bases required to meet the level of service. The overall solution must be affordable and based on an evaluation plan that is fair, just, and transparent.
Based on the terms, conditions, and requirements in the draft RFP Team Spartan believes it can provide Canada with the FWSAR capabilities required within the prescribed budgets.
The requirements for FWSAR are performance-based, including the response times of the competing platforms. The Canadian Forces currently have FWSAR aircraft operating out of four main operating bases: Greenwood, Trenton, Winnipeg, and Comox.
While bidders are only mandated to have one base in each of the three SAR Rescue Regions and are not mandated to use existing bases, Team Spartan believes Canada would be best served by operating out of the four existing SAR bases. Team Spartan believes changing the number or location of bases to ensure a platform fits within the budget may negatively impact Canadians. Such proposals may reduce response times to selected parts of Canada and would likely involve lost jobs to those regions impacted. Indeed, if bases are closed or relocated to satisfy the program budget, up to 250 jobs could be lost or shuffled to another region.
Team Spartan understands that the RCAF have selected the current locations based on detailed analysis of past incidents and knows that SAR crews have trained extensively to best service those in need from these bases; it is therefore our intent to enable them to continue to provide the level of service expected by Canadians.
Team Spartan believes that, when it comes to saving lives, Canadians deserve nothing less.
General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada's Integrated Mission System Capability to be extended to Four Additional Aurora Aircraft as part of Upgrade Program
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson announced on March 19 that the Canadian government was expanding its fleet of upgraded CP-140 Aurora aircraft. Four additional aircraft will be upgraded through the existing modernization and life-extension program, bringing the total operational fleet to 14. Upgrades include new avionics, missionsystems, satellite communications, and improved aircraft defence.
As a C4ISR platform, the Aurora performs domestic and international operations across a wide variety of disciplines. This includes domestic surveillance of the Canadian Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, as well as anti-surface warfare, maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), strike coordination, and search and rescue (SAR) missions (http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca)
GD Canada designed and delivered the Integrated Mission System (IMS) for the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project (AIMP) upgrades, which will now extend to the additional four aircraft.
The focal point of the IMS is GD Canada’s Data Management System (DMS) which coordinates information gathered from the Aurora’s extensive suite of modern on-board sensors to deliver an integrated view of all mission information and to provide unmatched situational awareness to Aurora crews. The DMS is a scalable mission system that can be used on both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft slated for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
In addition to acting as the prime integrator of the IMS, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada is providing integrated hardware and software systems that enable the Aurora to operate in an unprecedented variety of roles including search and rescue, airborne command and control, surface and sub-surface maritime surveillance, overland and coastal surveillance operations. GD Canada is also providing ground support equipment, including a software integration lab, pre- and post-mission analysis tools, mission simulators and training facilities.
Team Spartan is proud to have Genderal Dynamics Canada as a strong and proven member of the Canadian aerospace industry. The Canadian government’s expansion of the Aurora upgrade program demonstrates GD Canada's capabilities and value.
As the leader on In-Service Support and Aircraft Missionizing on Team Spartan, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada will continue their long history of bringing quality services and High Value Work to the Canadian industry.
Working with Team Spartan’s ISS integrator, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada, KF Aerospace has joined the team to provide long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as well as engineering and supply chain support services for the C-27J FWSAR fleet across Canada.
With a legacy of bringing high value opportunities to Canada, this100% Canadian owned and operated company has the technical knowledge, skills, processes, workforce, and financial resources to execute the requirements of the FWSAR program.
With heavy maintenance facilities and support shops in Kelowna BC and Hamilton ON, KF Aerospace provides full-service aircraft maintenance, including overhaul and modification, for its own fleet of aircraft, as well as customers such as the RCAF, WestJet, Canadian North, and commercial air carriers from around the world. Boasting an exceptional service performance record in both military and commercial environments, KF Aerospace is uniquely qualified to bring cost effective, high performance ISS support to the FWSAR program.
A Premiere flight service company and major employer in the Okanagan and Hamilton areas
Since commencing operations in 1970, the KF Aerospace Group of Companies has steadily grown into one of Canada’s premier flight services companies. With more than 1000 employees, the highly integrated company provides complete aviation management and operational services, including program management, aircraft sales and leasing, air charter services, fleet management, engineering, all phases of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, upgrading and refurbishment as well as aerospace research and development.
KF Aerospace’s main maintenance facility is located at the Kelowna Airport and consists of over 250,000 square feet of shops, hangars and office space. Its Ontario based maintenance facility is located at the Hamilton Airport and consists of 47,000 square feet of hangar space and workshop and office area.
Experienced Heavy Maintenance Provider
KF Aerospace has garnered significant heavy maintenance planning experience supporting its own Air Operating Certificate (AOC), and has performed heavy maintenance in support of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders from Canada, the United States and Europe for over 25 years.
In support of AOC holders, KF Aerospace provides the capability of managing its Maintenance Program with experience in conversion from an outdated program into current standards, as proven with the migration from Boeing MSG2 to MSG3 maintenance programs for KF Aerospace’s and IFL/Gulf Caribbean Group’s Boeing 727-200 and Flair Airline’s 737-400 aircraft types. The company is currently completing a similar review of the CC115 Buffalo maintenance program, with the perspective of optimizing the mix of periodic and heavy maintenance inspections. In addition to program migration KF Aerospace provides continued support to the program with changes introduced through regulatory compliance and/or reliability initiatives. This includes the design, service, repair, modification, and overhaul of commercial, corporate VIP, and military aircraft, and the manufacture repair, overhaul and distribution of aircraft parts.
KF Aerospace is authorized to perform specialized maintenance that includes Manufacture and Certification of Aircraft Structures; NDT inspections of metal and composite structure in accordance with the aircraft manufacture’s Structural Repair/NDT Manual; major and minor modifications and repairs to avionics systems and components; and major and minor modifications and repairs, overhaul, test and inspection of aircraft components, and minor and major modifications to aircraft structures.
KF Aerospace averages 80 heavy maintenance checks annually on large transport category aircraft.
99% Dispatch Reliability
The company’s experience has proven that high quality, heavy maintenance has a direct impact on dispatch reliability. Kelowna’s 99% dispatch reliability on the line starts with an exceptional heavy maintenance program that balances the demands of both heavy and line maintenance and achieves the best operational results for the full life - cycle - support; this is a key competence of KF Aerospace.
An excellent example that highlights the company’s quality of work is the substantial increase in dispatch reliability of the DND CC115 Buffalo fleet by over 400% in only 2 years, its highest reliability level in the last decade.
A second example is the DND CC138 Twin Otter fleet full avionics suite upgrade (TALE) program, which exceeded DND technical requirements and is on schedule and on budget.
From an operator’s perspective, there is no better solution than having a single maintenance provider like KF Aerospace delivering the combination of Line and Heavy maintenance services, as KF Aerospace then takes 100% responsibility for dispatch reliability.
Backed by Superior Engineering Experience
The KF Aerospace Engineering department has over 25 years of experience completing, or contracting and managing, large transport category aircraft modifications, repairs, maintenance support and manufacturing projects.
KF Aerospace Engineering has over 11 years of experience supporting a world-wide fleet of aircraft as the OEM for the Convair Aircraft. As the Type Certificate holder for the Convair aircraft, KF Aerospace has gained immense knowledge in the structural support of an aircraft designed similarly to the C27J Spartan.
Experienced in Pilot Training
KF Aerospace, through its Allied Wings operation, has been providing Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) to the Royal Canadian Air Force since September 2005. It is responsible for providing primary and advanced multi-engine and rotary wing pilot training (with full operational support) under a performance based contract at its world class facility in Southport, Manitoba.
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