Future Aircrew Training Program

Explore the procurement program to develop the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) Program.

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Program at a glance

Overview
The program will renew aircrew training services to help maintain a multi-purpose and combat capable air force. The program will include delivery of pilot training, as well as aircrew training for air combat systems officers and airborne electronic sensor operators
Procuring
Comprehensive aircrew training program that provides aircraft, simulators, civilian instructors and classroom training systems, as well as other essential services, such as aircraft and airfield maintenance, accommodation, and food services
Program status
On December 16, 2020, the draft Request for Proposal was provided to qualified suppliers. Formal engagement with industry and qualified suppliers continues
Next steps
  • Release the formal Request for Proposals in 2021
  • Award the contract in 2023

Program description

The Government of Canada is renewing its existing aircrew training services. The new procurement will result in 1 contract covering all the requirements, including maintenance and infrastructure services. The contract period is expected to be at least 20 years.

Training services are currently provided through 2 separate contracts:

The training services take place at the following locations:

Following a review, the Government of Canada determined the new training services will continue to be provided at the existing locations.

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to this procurement, requiring the winning suppliers to place investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract. This procurement will leverage the strength of Canadian industry in areas related to training, simulation, and in-service support. This will ensure the Canadian aerospace and defence industries are well positioned to participate, grow and compete in the global marketplace.

Current status

On December 16, 2020, the Government of Canada provided the draft Request for Proposal to qualified suppliers.

On December 10, 2018, the Government of Canada published a list of qualified suppliers that demonstrated their ability to meet Canada’s needs as defined in an Invitation to Qualify. The companies currently engaging as qualified suppliers are:

Only these suppliers can participate in the next phases of engagement and submit proposals in the competition. All suppliers will be subject to the same evaluation criteria. Proposals will be assessed on cost, technical requirements and economic benefits.

BAE Systems, Airbus Defence and Space and Lockheed Martin Canada were originally on the list of qualified suppliers for the program. BAE Systems, Airbus Defence and Space, and Lockheed Martin Canada informed the Government of Canada of their decisions to withdraw from the competition on April 2, 2019, September 13, 2019 and December 14, 2020 respectively. These companies can no longer submit proposals for this procurement.

Procurement progress and engagement

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