i have a feeling this no bidding kind of shopping might be the boost the forces need.
some generals and full colonels know what the army needs and wants. same for the airforce and the navy.
those are the guys who get to go on TD trip all over the NATO side of the world and various other parts to see and check out new purchases by other armed services. they get to talk to the troops who drive it, fly it, ride in it, shoot it, and sit behind the desk and operate it.
if we could take the politics of purchasing out of the game, there might be a serious money saving that can put more funds into operations, training, or into the next purchase program.
look at MLVW , most people agree it needs to be replaced.
how many other NATO countries have left hand drive 2.5 t cargo trucks or bigger,
how many countries are replacing, upgrading or just ordering more?
for sake of this post
country CVBV is ordering new trucks, they are a close match to what Canada requires
can Canada tagg a few hundred more trucks on the order and get them at the same cost as the larger order from country CVBV?
can the company maing the trucks provide if the need be, english tech manuals and french? spare parts can a deal be worked out for quick replacement? can the trucks be delivered on time
that is all good if that can happen, if we can save a few bucks so be, do we get the employment in canada, maybe , or maybe not, but i think it is time that we do not look for jobs thru military purchases but best bang for the buck.
I am railroad fan , you guys know the weapons, the frame work from the tires to the cooking pot in the back of LAV III all very impression.
But I will tell you how large and small railroads work together to buy locomotives
Large railroads in the States order locomotives from two companies
One use to be GM out of london ontario same plant where the LAV fleet was built, and the other was GE ( General Electric )
large railroads order locomotives by the 100s and sometimes by the 1000s
Union Pacific Railroad ordered one model from GM a few years ago and the order was just finished in the past year for over 1700 one model. it was a huge order. they got a deal on the bulk purchase and parts etc.
Smaller railroads went to the company who sold the locos and wanted to order the same loco model, and get the same price.
the company told the smaller railroads they could keep the production line open and built X numbers of models above the UP order, there could be no changes to made in extras or items deleted from the order that UP made with them.
the smaller company got fewer locomotives, got the same great price but they had to agree to keep it the same as the larger order. only diff was the paint shop details. UP came out Yellow in the UP paint job the smaller companies locomotives came out in thie rpaint job. same locomotive on the inside and out but painted another colour and name on the side.
this is what Canada needs to do for it forces when purchasing.
send some guys down, test, fly it, test drive it, test fire it, do what ever testing is needed then decided if they want it as is or what mods they want. I think we should stop ordering mods just to make work for Canadians if we can save money over all.
CUCV was not ordered by the Canadian Forces, GM sold the army one hell of a deal , over run of production from the USMC order.
saved money had a good truck for most taskings it was used in
HL truck was a great truck, plant opened to build it, soon as the last truck came out the doors the plant was closed. Good truck, job spin offs were short lived.
The guys and gals at the wishing well already know what is out there and in some cases they might know what is coming into being ahead of time. let them do the shopping for the Forces, they know what the big picture is they know the fiscial funding for a program.
let us see if this no bidding idea works, we are not going to lose anything , we might gain