How can Canada have a procurement system that rivals the bureaucratic incompetence of its American counterpart with only a tiny fraction of the American budget? Even buying the EH101 at the top end of the ASW chopper market with all the bells and whistles would have been better and cheaper than this. I was barely two years old when they started thinking about a Sea King replacement, and I fully expect to be able to get seniors’ discounts before this embarassment of a procurement program ends. Canada, we’re a small country. We don’t get to have our toys custom-made unless we can pay for it.
Further to this post,
the start of a summary piece at AW&ST’s “Ares Blog”:
Canada and Sikorsky continue to work at the mess that is the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter program. The Department of National Defence (DND) has posted an update on the much-delayed program, while procurement agency Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) says it will impose significant additional penalties on Sikorsky for late delivery…
Whenever never land.
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute