OTTAWA—The federal government has pledged to engage industry ahead of any standard military pattern (SMP) component procurement for the military’s medium support vehicle system (MSVS) program.
Between Jan. 17 and Jan. 22, government representatives from Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Department of National Defence (DND) and Industry Canada (IC) plan to sit down in the Ottawa area with manufacturers to “validate the SMP vehicles procurement approach.”
“Engaging industry is part of our smart procurement approach and the new way forward,” PWGSC Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement.
“In working closely with industry, our government will ensure the best value for Canadian taxpayers, while providing the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment and capability they need to do their jobs.”
According to the government, the one-on-one meetings are only available to potential SMP vehicle original equipment manufacturers, members of a joint venture with an SMP vehicle OEM or a party under license from a potential SMP vehicle OEM.
The government plans to provide a list of specific questions to attendees ahead of the meetings.