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Canada Turns Down FREMM bid for CSC while Naval Group & Fincantieri Stick to their Guns
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FREMM CANADA CSC NAVAL Group Fincantieri
The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) issued a statement yesterday explaining that CSC proposals submitted outside of the established competitive process will not be considered. The statement was targeted at Naval Group and Fincantieri which opted not to answer the CSC request for proposals (RFP) but decided to go for a "government to government" offer instead.
 
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Naval Defense Industry News - France, Italy, Canada
 
 
 
Canada Turns Down FREMM bid for CSC while Naval Group & Fincantieri Stick to their Guns
 
The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) issued a statement yesterday explaining that CSC proposals submitted outside of the established competitive process will not be considered. The statement was targeted at Naval Group and Fincantieri which opted not to answer the CSC request for proposals (RFP) but decided to go for a "government to government" offer instead.
     
FREMM CANADA CSC NAVAL Group FincantieriThe FREMM design submited by Naval Group and Fincantieri for CSC as a government to government offer.
     
The French / Italian joint offer was to supply 15 built-in-Canada FREMM Frigates at a fixed & competitive price with construction starting "soon".

The PSPC statement issued yesterday explains that the offer will not be considered:
Recent media coverage referenced a proposal submitted outside of the established competitive process alleging the ability to deliver CSC ships at a reduced cost. Establishing and respecting a bid and evaluation process that is consistently applied to all potential bidders is fundamental to a fair, open and transparent procurement. Without common requirements and criteria, it is impossible to consistently and effectively evaluate proposals. The submission of an unsolicited proposal at the final hour undermines the fair and competitive nature of this procurement suggesting a sole source contracting arrangement. Acceptance of such a proposal would break faith with the bidders who invested time and effort to participate in the competitive process, put at risk the Government’s ability to properly equip the Royal Canadian Navy and would establish a harmful precedent for future competitive procurements. To be clear, any proposals submitted outside of the established competitive process will not be considered.
     
The original design pitched by Naval Group (DCNS) in 2016
     
Contacted today by Navy Recognition, Naval Group and Fincantieri issued the following statement:

We aknowledge the position expressed by the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Nevertheless, Naval Group and Fincantieri remain at the disposal of Canada to contribute to the modernization of Canadian forces with a sea-proven warship, currently in service with the French and Italian Navies. Our solution would minimize the scheduling gaps for design with a start of the construction in 2019 and the creation of a significant number of jobs locally while maximizing value for money.