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By Jon Elkin | August 7, 2018

The Government of Canada is soliciting industry feedback for the multi-role boat (MRB) project. Here's how you can contribute.

What is the multi-role boat (MRB)?

Canada is acquiring new multi-role boats (MRBs) for the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class frigates. The MRBs will replace the existing PC Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).

The MRB is envisioned as a Capabilities/Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) platform for the parent frigate.

MRB operations include: Naval Boarding, Drug Interdiction, Search and Rescue, Diver Support, Cargo and Personnel Transfer.

The multi-role boat RFI closes on August 16, 2 PM EDT.

The RFP is expected to be released in Fall 2018.

 

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What's being procured?

The MRB acquisition contract also includes the following major deliverables: 30 boats, 24 Shock Mitigating Cradles, Initial Cadre Training (ICT), Technical Data Package (TDP) for total systems sustainment and two (2) years of identified spares to ensure expected reliability.

The integration of the marine systems control, navigation, communication, and situational awareness systems has been defined as the Electronic Suite (ES). The RFI from the Department of Defense indicates that a biddable ES solution may potentially require special engineering.

For high level MRB and ES requirements, please consults section 3. MRB High Level Requirements and 4. Electronic Suite Integration and Operational Performance of the RFI.

 

Who can bid?

There are several criteria that contractors must meet to bid on the MRB project:

  • Eligible contractors will need to be on the Control Goods registry and capable of handling Control Goods and related information (and with any requisite security clearances) by the time of bid submission.
  • Eligible contractors are also expected to be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  • The winning bidder that performs the work must have a facility geographically located in Canada. This is a requirement of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), of which the MRB project falls under.
  • There must be a mandatory Aboriginal Participation Component (APC) up to 1% of the contract value. This is a requirement of the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal (PSAB) program.

 

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Questions to Industry

From Annex B of the RFI, the Canadian government is asking prospective bidders the following 20 questions:

1. Is the potential Bidder registered with the Controlled Goods Program? If not, do you foresee a problem in becoming registered prior to bid submission?

2. Does the potential Bidder have experience working with Controlled Goods?

3. Does the potential Bidder have a facility geographically located in Canada?

4. Does the potential Bidder have experience integrating navigation, communication, situational awareness and marine systems equipment into Multi-Function Displays?

5. Does the potential Bidder have the capability to integrate the electronic suite as described in Section 4 of Annex A?

6. If the potential Bidder does not possess the in-house integration expertise in Q4, how will the desired expertise be accessed? What are the associated risks?

7. Are there any technical requirements listed Annex A that may be beyond your ability to deliver? If yes, please provide details.

8. Are there any technical requirements listed in Annex A that you believe are not possible for any 9.2m platform?

9. Do you have experience working with a Classification Society?

10. Please provide an estimated price for one (1) MRB and differentiate between the boat price and electronic suite/integration price.

11. Please provide an estimated price for thirty (30) MRBs and differentiate between the boat price and electronic suite/integration price.

12. Please provide an estimated price for one (1) cradle.

13. Please provide an estimated price for twenty four (24) cradles

14. Please provide an estimated price for initial operator and maintainer training.

15. Please provide an estimated price for operations manuals, technical manuals, and maintenance manuals.

16. Please provide an estimated price for delivery of thirty (30) MRBs and twenty four (24) cradles to the appropriate Canadian Forces Bases as per Annex A, section 5.

17. Please provide an estimated price for delivery of a Technical Data Package.

18. Please provide an estimated price for all of the work and deliverables described in Annex A and indicate the fidelity of the estimate; i.e. plus or minus X%.

19. Please estimate the time required to design, accept, build, and deliver the first article.

20. Please estimate the steady state production rate, in weeks, between boat deliveries.

 

View the RFI on Public Works and Government Services Canada >>

 

Jon Elkin

Jon graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Political Studies and then went on to earn his Master's Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is an active member of the NATO Association of Canada, and outside of work enjoys skiing, running and mountain biking.

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