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Gatineau, Quebec, January 4, 2013 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), are pleased to announce the launch of an industry consultation process for the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project.
“Engaging industry is part of our smart procurement approach and the new way forward,” said Minister Ambrose. “In working closely with industry, our Government will ensure the best value for Canadian taxpayers, while providing the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment and capability they need to do their jobs.”
Public Works and Government Services Canada, in consultation with the Department of National Defence, today issued an invitation to industry to take part in a consultation process as part of the re-issuance of the SMP Request for Proposals. It is anticipated that the one-on-one consultation meetings will take place between January 17 and January 22 in the National Capital Region. The Letter of Interest inviting industry to participate in the consultation process is now available on MERX.
“Our Government believes it is important to ensure our men and women in uniform have the right equipment to do the difficult and dangerous job we ask of them,” said Minister Valcourt. “The new fleet of trucks represents an important investment to rebuild the Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to provide lift and logistical support on the ground.”
Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defence, is purchasing a fleet of medium-sized trucks and associated logistics to replace and modernize the current medium-sized logistics trucks. The SMP requirement is a complex procurement including both the acquisition of five variants of the vehicle and associated equipment as well as in-service support for the life of the vehicles.
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