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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:26 pm 
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DND needs an extra $54M — just to evaluate bids to build it a new fleet of warships
The cost of the 15 new ships, which will replace existing Halifax-class frigates, has steadily climbed from an estimated $15 billion to roughly $60 billion


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The cost of the new Canadian Surface Combatants, which will replace the existing Halifax-class frigates, has steadily been climbing. The 15 ships were originally estimated to cost $15 billion. That increased to $24 billion before DND came out with a new estimate of around $40 billion. That too has since changed, and the project is now estimated to cost between $55 billion and $60 billion — and even then, the federal government acknowledges it doesn’t know what the program’s final cost will be to taxpayers. Parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Fréchette estimated last year the CSC program would cost $61.82 billion, and warned that every year the awarding of the contract is delayed beyond 2018, taxpayers will spend an extra $3 billion because of inflation.

Despite the Liberal government’s repeated statements about openness and transparency, it took Postmedia more than three months to get basic information from DND about its request for new funding, and even then, the details provided are limited.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:06 pm 
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A belated update:

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Firms didn’t bid on Canadian Surface Combatant because of concerns about technical data, says executive

David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: April 19, 2018 | Last Updated: April 19, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

In December Fincantieri of Italy and Naval Group of France decided not to bid on the Canadian Surface Combatant project. Instead, they offered the Canadian government a direct proposal that would see the the companies build 15 of the consortium’s FREMM frigates at a fixed price of roughly $30 billion.

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That's more than the cost of a new Burke class DDG!


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Budget breakdown for the RCN's CSC project:

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Top procurement official outlines how Canadian Surface Combatant budget would be spent

David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: April 26, 2018 | Last Updated: April 26, 2018 11:15 PM EDT

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Pat Finn, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Materiel at the Department of National Defence, has provided Defence Watch with a rough breakdown of how that money would be spent. He noted the following:

Construction of the ships – 50 to 60 per cent of the budget

Integrated logistics support (includes spare parts, technical data package, training, ammunition) – 20-25 per cent of budget

Infrastructure (construction of jetties, upgrades to existing docks) – 5 per cent

Project office cost over the life of the program (salaries for staff, travel, etc.) – 5 per cent

Contingency fund – (fluctuations in exchange rates, other unforeseen issues) – 10 to 15 per cent


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Type 26 GCS for the RCN, anyone? We'd have to wait longer as well...

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Type 26 frigate - contender for Canadian warship program - won’t be operational until 2027
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: May 13, 2018 | Last Updated: May 13, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

One of the top contenders in Canada’s new frigate program – a ship now being built for the United Kingdom – won’t be operational for the Royal Navy until 2027.

BAE’s Type 26 frigate has been ordered by the United Kingdom and the cutting of steel started last year.

But the United Kingdom’s defence procurement minister Guto Bebb has told parliamentarians that the first of those frigates won’t be delivered until 2025. Because of testing it won’t become operational until 2027, the minister added.

The Type 26 design has been submitted to Canada for its Canadian Surface Combatant program and is one of three contenders. Construction on the Canadian frigate program to start in the early 2020s.

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GE Powers Canada’s New Combat Ships

June 1, 2018

GE Aviation’s marine gas turbines are the ideal solution for the Royal Canadian Navy’s next generation surface combatant program, GE Marine said Thursday at the CANSEC 2018 trade exhibition.

“GE’s LM2500 family of engines are used by the Royal Canadian Navy and 34 other navies worldwide, setting the benchmark for reliability. The global fleet of GE gas turbines has logged over 15 million operating hours in the marine environment and another 90 million in industrial applications,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE’s Vice President, Marine Operations, Cincinnati, Ohio. “The 24 LM2500 marine gas turbines used by the Royal Canadian Navy propel their Halifax-class frigates. All the while, GE supports these gas turbines with a customized in-country engine service program. The LM2500 gas turbine family of engines are dependable and a low risk solution for Canada’s next generation surface combatant program,” he added.

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