By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch
The Canadian government and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. announced Monday they were extending the submission deadline for the Canadian Surface Combatant request for proposals.
Bidders had previously complained they didn’t have enough time to recruit Canadian firms for the surface combatant program.
The deadline was originally June 22. That has now been delayed to at least mid-August, noted a statement from the federal government.
“As per the RFP, bidders can submit draft bids for review until June 15, 2017. These bids will not be scored, and financial information will not be submitted, but bidders will be informed if any part of their submission is non-compliant, so they can make adjustments before submitting a final bid,” the statement noted.
This is the second extension granted through this RFP process. The original deadline was set for April 27, 2017.
With this extension, targeted completion for the procurement process moves to 2018 from fall 2017, the federal government pointed out. The start of ship construction remains scheduled for the early 2020s, it claimed.