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Tank Replacement Project


 
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  Reference Number PW-$$BL-225-16850
  Solicitation Number W8476-080001/A
  Organization Name Public Services and Procurement Canada
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
  Source ID FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
  Associated Components Yes

Dates

  Published 2008-03-19
  Revised 2008-04-07
  Closing 2008-04-18 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT

Details

  Category Special Purpose Vehicles
  GSINS N2350: COMBAT, ASSAULT, AND TACTICAL VEHICLES, TRACKED
  Region of Delivery Quebec
  Region of Opportunity
  Agreement Type NONE
  Tender Type Letter of Interest (LOI)
  Estimated Value
  Solicitation Method

Notice Description

  Tank Replacement Project

Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures:
Attachment: None
Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
LETTER OF INTEREST
TANK REPLACEMENT PROJECT

1.    GENERAL
1.1.    The Government of Canada (GOC) has a requirement for the
upgrade and conversion of up to 100 Leopard 2 tanks in Canada.
2.    PROJECT DESCRIPTION
2.1.    The Tank Replacement Project will provide Canada with a
long-term, sustainable replacement of its current main battle
tank fleet, including some variants such as recovery vehicles.
The project consists of 2 phases as follow:
2.2.    Phase 1 of the Project, which is currently in progress,
includes the loan, support and sustainment of 20 mission-ready
Leopard 2 A6M Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and 2 armoured recovery
vehicles (ARV) to meet urgent operational requirements in
Afghanistan in 2007. It also includes the procurement of 100
Main Battle Tanks and the restitution of the loaned German
tanks.
2.3.    An agreement was signed between the Government of Canada
and The Netherlands Government on 14 December 2007 for the
purchase of 80 Leopard 2 A4 and 20 Leopard 2 A6 main battle
tanks which will be the basis for all future work.
2.4.    The restitution may be accomplished through a
restitution-in-kind approach by which the Canadian government
will use the 20 Leopard 2 A6 tanks purchased from the
Netherlands. These tanks would be brought to the same
configuration as the tanks loaned from Germany. As a result, the
loaned Leopard 2 A6M tanks currently in Afghanistan would be
retained by Canada for Phase 2.
2.5.    Phase 2 includes the upgrade and conversion of the tanks,
repair, and/or overhaul of major components to be completed in
Canada. Canada is considering selecting one contractor as a
system integrator for the entire Phase 2 work. Canada may also
consider one contractor for the work associated with the tanks
and a second contractor for the work associated with the
variants.     
3.    BACKGROUND
3.1.    The intensity and complexity of recent military operations
in countries like Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that
main battle tanks provide military forces with protection,
mobility and firepower that cannot be matched by more lightly
armoured wheeled vehicles.
3.2.    The capabilities provided by Leopard 2 tanks increase the
flexibility of the Canadian Forces to employ ground forces in
medium to high threat environments until 2035.

4.    PURPOSE OF LETTER OF INTEREST
4.1.    The purpose of this Letter of Interest (LOI) is to
communicate the Canadian Forces' requirements and solicit
information and feedback from the industry regarding possible
upgrade and conversion to the MBT and/or recovery variants. The
information may be used to support the Crown's decision-making
process such as finalizing its requirement and determining its
procurement strategy.
4.2.    It is anticipated that subsequent to this LOI, the
government will issue a request for Price and Availability (P&A)
information.
4.3.    This is not a bid solicitation and no contract will result
directly from this LOI or subsequent Price and Availability
(P&A) request.

5.    PROJECT SCOPE
5.1.    The interim requirement is contained within Annex A. The
Statement of Work (SOW) will be developed in due course based on
an internal analysis of available information from various
sources, including information received from industry. In
general, the project scope may consist of the following:
5.1.1.    Upgrades of up to 92 Leopard 2 tanks to a Canadian
Leopard 2 standard;
5.1.2.    Conversion of up to 8 Leopard 2 A4 tanks to Canadian
Leopard 2 Bpz ARV 3 recovery vehicle;
5.1.3.    Initial Repair and Overhaul (R&O) of up to 100 tanks or
their major components consisting of Leopard 2 A6M (up to 20)
and Leopard 2 A4 (up to 80). However, the Department of National
Defence may opt to conduct the Repair and Overhaul utilizing
internal resources; and
5.1.4.    Logistic support associated with the introduction of this
new capability into the Canadian Forces. Potential work may also
include requirements for munitions and test, ancillary and
training equipments. The requirement for In Service Support
(ISS) is not yet determined.

5.1.5.    Following the upgrade and conversion, Canada's Main
Battle Tank requirement may be as follows:

Quantity Vehicle
Requirement

20 Tanks (2 A6M CAN) Operational-Ready
Operational Tanks
Level



2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Operational Tanks
Operational-Ready Level


20 Tanks (configuration TBD)
Operational Tanks


2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Operational Tanks
Operational-Ready Level

20 Tanks at Training Level (2 A4+)
Training Tanks

(Individual & Collective)


2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Training Tanks

(Individual & Collective)


20 Tanks at Training Level (2 A4+)
Training Tanks

(Individual & Collective)

2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle
Training Tanks

(Individual & Collective)

12 Logistic Stock Vehicles
TBD

5.1.6.    The upgrade and conversion will be associated with, but
not limited to the following issues, as detailed in Annex A:
5.1.6.1.    Primary Focus/Core Requirements:
i.    Canadian Communications;
ii.    Recovery Vehicle;
iii.    Survivability/Protection Technologies;
iv.    Electric Turret Drive;
v.    Climate control including crew cooling; Integrated Logistic
Support (ILS); and
vi.    Repair and Overhaul.
5.1.6.2.    Secondary Focus/Longer Term Requirements:
i.    Component Obsolescence;
ii.    Firepower;
iii.    Fire Control System;
iv.    Turret Ergonomics and Configuration;
v.    Mobility;
vi.    Tank Mounted Implements (mine rollers, mine ploughs and
dozer blade); and
vii.    Miscellaneous.    
    

6.    PROCUREMENT MILESTONES

6.1.    In providing responses the following schedule should be
utilized as a baseline:
     Milestones
Projected Timeline
LOI closing
18 April 2008
Price and Availability release
June 2008
Price and Availability closing
September 2008
Draft Request for Proposal
April 2009
Request for Proposal release
June 2009
Request for Proposal closing
September 2009
Contract Award (CA)
November 2009
Initial delivery of 20 tanks and 2 recovery vehicles
2011
Project Closeout
TBD

7.    SECURITY
7.1.    Respondents are requested to indicate their ability, and
that of any subcontractors, to accommodate personnel and
facility security requirements, together with controlled goods
restrictions (e.g. International Traffic in Arms Regulations
(ITAR)), export licenses and 3rd party release requirements.
Respondents are to clearly identify any implications that may
affect delivery of the proposed project in accordance with the
Industrial Security Program of Public Works and Government
Services Canada (PWGSC) requirements.
8.    INDUSTRIAL AND REGIONAL BENEFITS (IRB)
8.1.    The work is to be performed in Canada to the maximum extent
possible, in such a manner as tonot put at risk the operational
requirement. In all aspects, the maximization of Direct work in
Canada should makebusiness sense.
8.2.    The eventual contractor will be required to provide
high-quality Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) equivalent
to 100% of the contracted value. All IRB requirements will be
negotiated and accepted by Industry Canada (IC) and the regional
development agencies prior to Contract Award.
9.    REQUESTED INFORMATION
9.1.    Based on the requirements detailed in this document, the
LOI seeks potential suppliers to provide the following
information:
9.1.1.    Capability of the respondents to have access to the
Intellectual Property (IP) Rights of the Leopard 2 A6M, Leopard
2 A4 and recovery vehicle and other upgrades. Respondents are
requested to demonstrate their ability to access and use the
Intellectual Property of the vehicle systems, sub-systems and
any components.
9.1.2.    The respondent's interest and capability for the
different aspects of the work addressed at Annex A. Respondents
are invited to provide their comments and concerns on the
technical aspect, feasibility and reasonability of the
requirement. Respondents should feel free to provide alternative
recommendations where applicable. Respondents should explain
their rationale for a change or addition to the requirement.
9.1.3.    In responding to this LOI, respondents should clearly
identify all assumptions with clear explanations for why those
assumptions were made.
9.1.4.    Industrial capacity and infrastructure requirement for
this work and if such capacity and infrastructure are in place
in Canada.
9.1.5.    A statement of the delivery capability. Indicate whether
or not the initial of delivery of 20 tanks and 2 recovery
vehicles in 2011 can be achieved. If not, then provide the best
possible delivery schedule. The respondents should highlight any
critical areas that will impact the schedule either positively
or negatively
9.1.6.    Information on any controlled goods restrictions (e.g.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Controlled
Goods Regulations), export licenses, security and 3rd party
release implications that may affect delivery of the solution,
and constraints and assumptions associated with the proposed
upgrade and conversion.
9.1.7.    Company point of contact for future communications.
10.     NOTE TO POTENTIAL RESPONDENTS
10.1.    This is not a bid solicitation and a contract will not
result from it.
10.2.    The Statement of Operational Requirement (SOR) is
currently being developed and is subject to change based on the
evolution of the requirement, which may be as a result of
information provided by industry.
10.3.    Potential respondents are advised that any information
submitted to Canada in response to this LOI may be used by
Canada in the development of a competitive Request For Proposal
(RFP).
10.4.    The issuance of this LOI does not create an obligation for
Canada to issue a Price and Availability (P&A) and Request For
Proposal (RFP), and does not bind Canada legally or otherwise,
to enter into any agreement or to accept or reject any
suggestions.
10.5.    Canada assumes no responsibility or obligation with
respect to the cost of preparing a response to this LOI.
10.6.    Participation in this LOI is not a condition or
prerequisite for participation in any subsequent Price and
Availability (P&A) or Request For Proposal (RFP). As a result of
this LOI there will be no short listing of firms for the
purposes of undertaking future work.
10.7.    Respondents to this LOI should clearly identify all
submitted information as to whether or not it must be considered
as confidential and/or proprietary. Information provided in
response to this LOI will be divulged only to government
officials authorized to participate in this pre-procurement
activity. However, respondents must be aware that aspects of
their response may be used as a basis for modifying the draft
documents, as any future procurement for this requirement is
prepared.
10.8.    PWGSC reserves the right to meet with industry concerning
the feedback, suggestions or alternative approaches related to
the project scope.
11.    ENQUIRIES
11.1.    All enquiries, clarification requests and other
communications related to this LOI shall be directed exclusively
to the point of contact named below.
11.2.    Interested suppliers that intend to respond to this LOI
are requested to advise PWGSC by email so that questions and
answers, clarification or changes may be promulgated if required.
12.    CLOSING DATE
12.1.    Responses to this LOI are to be submitted to the point of
contact identified below, on or before the close of business on
18 April 2008. You are requested to submit fourteen (14) hard
and electronic copies of your response to the point of contact.
13.    CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

13.1 The single point of contact for this LOI is:

Céline Lajoie
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Land, Aerospace and Marine Systems & Major Projects Sector
Place du Portage, Phase III, Floor 6C1
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0S5

Tel.: (819) 956-6181
Fax.: (819) 956-0648
E-mail: celine.lajoie@pwgsc.gc.ca

14. ANNEX A

    Annex A is available upon request. Please communicate with the
point of contact.
Delivery Date: 18/04/2008

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
procurement.

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.


Lajoie, Céline
11 Laurier St./11, rue Laurier
Place du Portage Phase III 6C1
Gatineau
Québec
K1A 0S5
(819) 956-6181 ( )


 

Contact(s)

Contracting Authority

  Name Céline Lajoie
  Address 11 Laurier St./11, rue Laurier Place du Portage Phase III 6C1
  City Gatineau
  State / Province Québec
  Country Canada
  Postal Code K1A 0S5
  Phone (819) 956-6181 ( )
  Fax (819) 956-0648
  Email
  Website URL

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