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Gatineau, August 3, 2007 – Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) today announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire 17 tactical airlift aircraft (CC-130J Hercules) to Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The release of the RFP to Lockheed Martin Corporation follows a competitive solicitation of interest and qualification (SOIQ) process, wherein suppliers had the opportunity to indicate interest and demonstrate their ability to meet the project’s mandatory criteria. Three suppliers responded to the SOIQ and upon evaluation, Lockheed Martin Corporation was deemed the only supplier to meet mandatory requirements.
As part of the RFP, Lockheed Martin Corporation will now be required to submit a formal bid. This will include a priced proposal confirming the supplier’s compliance with the mandatory requirements and other criteria, including contractual obligations for the provision of Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB), equal to 100% of the contract value.
We will secure sufficient rights to intellectual property and technical data to allow Canadian industry to participate in high value-added work and thus provide as much in-service support as possible right here in Canada.
The Government expects to award a contract for tactical airlift aircraft in winter 2007. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for winter 2010.
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