Canadian Industry Supports Government Purchase of New Military Planes and Applauds its Commitment to Perform ISS Work in Canada



    OTTAWA, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - CADSI, today, applauded the Government's
decision to purchase new military airplanes. Tim Page, President of the
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) said, "it is a
good thing for Canada to have this new equipment to help the men and women of
the Canadian military carry out their national and international duties and a
key step to revitalizing the Canadian Forces. It is also an important
opportunity to nurture and develop domestic industrial capabilities and
competencies in economic, military and trade areas of strategic national
importance to Canada."
    He added that "today's announced purchase of military transport planes by
the Government of Canada will provide meaningful, value-added engineering work
for Canadian defence and aerospace companies for the next twenty years".
    Although Canadian industry knows little about the details of what was
negotiated between Lockheed Martin and the Government of Canada for in-service
support (ISS), CADSI has been assured that:

    
    1. Canadian industry will perform in-service work in Canada including:
       test and evaluation, maintenance, repair and overhaul, training,
       design improvements and implementation. Page said that, "except for
       program oversight, final design authority, initial spare parts and
       quality assurance, Canadian industry expects all other work to be
       performed in Canada by existing defence and aerospace contractors." In
       making this commitment, the Government recognizes the essential role
       played by domestic industry in support of Canada's sovereign interests
       and the world-class capabilities that exist in Canada in the ISS
       field.

    2. Canadian industry will have access to all Intellectual Property (IP),
       including technical data, needed to perform its ISS functions for the
       life of the fleet. In meeting these undertakings, Canada will maintain
       sovereign control of its military assets.

    3. The Government will create an industry-government consultative body to
       assure that the scope of work to be performed in Canada and the
       required IP meets the Government's commitments to Canadian defence
       contractors.

    4. The Government will negotiate an industrial benefits package, through
       this multi-billion dollar purchase of new military equipment, which
       will produce high-quality economic activity in Canada. CADSI has long
       called on the Government to leverage defence procurements, through its
       Industrial and Regional Benefits program, so as to nurture and develop
       defence capabilities and competencies in Canada of long-term strategic
       value to the Canadian military, economy and the country's national
       security interests.
    

    Canadian industry looks forward to working with the Government and
Lockheed Martin in the weeks to come to achieve these commitments.




For further information:

For further information: Tim Page, President, Canadian Association of
Defence and Security Industries, Office: (613) 235-5337 x24; Cell: (613)
298-4779


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