13 February 2009
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the Canadian Forces and determined to provide its men and women with the best equipment available to do their jobs. Establishing a world-class aircrew training capability in Canada is an important part of this commitment.
On February 13, 2009, PWGSC awarded a contract to CAE Inc. to be the single operational training systems provider for the Canadian Forces. This contract was issued on behalf of DND with an estimated value of $346 million. The contract also includes the provision of aircrew training services for the Forces. As a result of this contract, a centre of excellence will be established within Canada.
In January 2008, the government announced it was purchasing a 17 new C130J Hercules aircraft. Tactical airlift is the lifeline of the Canadian Forces—providing reliable aircraft to quickly and safely carry passengers, heavy equipment and supplies over long distances in support of operations, or in response to crises, such as natural disasters.
As with all major military procurements, the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) policy applies to this acquisition, ensuring that 100% of contracted value is invested in Canada. In this contract, significant Canadian content is already locked-in given CAE's leading participation. The IRB policy will ensure that we leverage maximum economic benefit to Canada from any incremental work done outside of Canada.