Next-generation Canadian design could become new world standard
VANCOUVER, Feb. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Yesterday the Government of Canada announced that it has selected Weatherhaven as the successful bidder for its $168 million Headquarters Shelter System (HQSS).
As part of the HQSS program the Department of National Defence will purchase 1,435 tactical tent-based shelter systems with an option of an additional 338 shelters. The contract also includes integrated lighting, flooring and HVAC components, for use by the Canadian Armed Forces on deployed operations within Canada and overseas. The program also allows for an initial period of in-service support, as well as the opportunity to acquire additional years of in-service support. The potential contract value could be up to $350 million exclusive of taxes.
These tactical shelter systems will be designed for rapid erection and mobility, as well for strength and thermal properties, to perform under the most extreme environmental conditions. The shelters involve a unique and compact modular design – they can be used as operations and command centres for disaster relief and peacekeeping, and component parts are interchangeable to maximize efficiency and maintenance costs.
"Weatherhaven is honoured to have been selected for this opportunity to deliver a leading edge Canadian-made design for Canada's Armed Forces in its HQSS program", said Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven, "This design combines Weatherhaven's trademark strength and durability in extreme conditions, together with a new rapid-erect and mobility element, that makes the HQSS shelter truly a next-generation solution."
Weatherhaven's bid was determined to be overall best value, against many of its leading competitors from around the world, based on a technical, financial and industrial assessment by Public Services and Procurement Canada.
As a long-time supplier to the Department of National Defence, Weatherhaven's made-in-Canada business model has been to design, build and deliver the best kit possible for Canada, and then develop a sizable export market to leverage that next generation solution. The company has very high expectations of the global market potential for this new tactical shelter system and looks forward to delivering the best kit possible for our men and women in uniform.
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Weatherhaven Global Resources Ltd., headquartered in Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, is a leading international supplier of soft-wall and container-based shelter systems for key military, commercial, humanitarian and medical applications worldwide. For more than 30 years, the Company has engineered, produced, and installed the highest quality systems, with the lowest environmental footprint of any shelter solution, in every corner of the world. With deployments in over 50 countries and seven continents, the Weatherhaven brand is recognized around the world for its strength, climate protection and re-deployability.
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