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The Canada First Defence Strategy commits Canada to replace its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue fleet. The provision of a new capability directly contributes to saving Canadian lives and is a vital component of the search and rescue (SAR) system. The new capability will replace the aging CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 legacy Hercules aircraft.
The FWSAR project team proactively discloses information and progress associated with the FWSAR project. The integrity of the FWSAR solicitation process is a priority of the Government of Canada, and this solicitation shall be, and perceived to be, fair, open and transparent.
Industry engagement is performed under the authority of the FWSAR Secretariat. Industry participation is subject to the FWSAR Industry Engagement Rules.
It is the intention of the FWSAR Secretariat to continue with Industry consultations, until the Request for Proposal(RFP) is posted on the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX). To date, two Industry Engagement sessions have been held on both April 11 and October 17, 2012. Commencing the summer of 2012, the FWSAR Secretariat began sharing elements from the draft RFP. Further details will continue to be made available on MERX.
In keeping with this proactive strategy of sharing information with Industry before the issuance of the RFP, the FWSAR Secretariat advises that a new Letter of Interest (LOI) is available on MERX as of January 2013.
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