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UAS Centric Advocacy

DND Seeks Expressions of Interest For Joint UAS Surveillance Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS)

The Canadian Forces (CF) has a need to field and support interoperable, network-enabled Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Target Acquisition, and all-weather precision strike capabilities in support of CF operations worldwide. The objective of this Request for Information (RFI) is to share with Industry CF UAS requirement and seek feedback from industry on potential options to meet CF needs. This is the first step of an industry engagement process where the JUSTAS project will be seeking initial input on availability of technology, ability for industry to deliver and cost estimates for the initial acquisition of the required UAS capability.

Industry is highly encouraged to offer alternatives to the project strategies outlined in this RFI. These alternatives should be accompanied by comprehensive arguments and analysis that clearly demonstrates how the proposed solution to the operational requirement is more advantageous to Canada with regard to operational suitability and effectiveness, schedule, and risk. Information received from industry will be critical to refine JUSTAS planning documents and cost tables leading towards definition phase funding approval.

The intent, following receipt of RFI responses, is to have interactive engagement with industry throughout the project phases leading to a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Note:    An initial Letter of Interest was released in 2008. However, the rapid advancement of the technology and the evolution of the UAS market now requires that the Crown obtain more up-to-date information.

Closing Date:  12th October 2012. Interested parties are requested to respond via MERX, the official liaison mechanism.


Public Works and Government Services Canada Requests Feedback On Draft R&D Procurement Policy

As part of the Goods and Services Management Process, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is reviewing its approach to Research and Development and is seeking information from industry. Based on research, market analysis and initial consultations, PWGSC has developed a draft national strategy detailing the proposed approach. Once finalized, this approach will be in place for five years.

You are invited to provide your feedback as part of the Request for Information. The consultation is being conducted via an online questionnaire.

Suppliers, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with concerns or comments that they would like to raise, can also contact the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME).

Closing Date:  1st June 2012

PWGSC R&D Procurement Strategy