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CAN Announces Settlement With Agusta-Westland Int'l
« on: November 26, 2007, 18:44:21 »

The Government of Canada Announces Settlement With AgustaWestland International Limited
PWGSC news release, Nov 26, 2007, 15:00 ET

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2007) - AgustaWestland International Limited and the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, are pleased to announce an amicable settlement of AgustaWestland's lawsuit against the federal Crown arising from the maritime helicopter procurement. While AgustaWestland stands behind the allegations in the lawsuit, the action is being dismissed, without payment of costs or any other amounts.

In 2000 the federal Crown announced its intention to proceed with a procurement for 28 maritime helicopters to replace the Sea Kings. A Request for Proposal was issued to AgustaWestland and one other bidder in December 2003 following a prequalification process. In July 2004 the federal Crown announced that AgustaWestland had not been evaluated as the successful bidder.

The decision not to award the contract to AgustaWestland was not based on any shortcoming in the AgustaWestland EH101 helicopter or its performance capabilities. Indeed, in 1998 AgustaWestland won a competition to supply the federal Crown with EH101s in a procurement for a fleet of search and rescue helicopters. These helicopters are now in service and are an important addition to Canada's search and rescue capabilities.

The Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister of National Defence welcome AgustaWestland's participation in any future military procurement. They acknowledge that the fact of AgustaWestland's lawsuit, the allegations made by it in the lawsuit, this settlement and/or the solicitation for the supply of maritime helicopters shall not impede AgustaWestland or its related parties participating in future Department of National Defence procurements on the same terms as any other potential supplier....

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AugustaWestland settles suit over Sea King replacement competition
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007, 15:43:24 »
Looks like the government won, in effect:
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/cgi-bin/client/modele.pl?session=dae.31267251.1196177158.spoIl38AAAEAAFQjW3oAAAAS&manuel_call_cat=3&manuel_call_prod=88518&manuel_call_mod=release&modele=jdc_inter

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(Source: Canadian Dept. of Public Works and Government Services; issued Nov. 26, 2007)
 
GATINEAU, Canada --- AgustaWestland International Limited and the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, are pleased to announce an amicable settlement of AgustaWestland’s lawsuit against the federal Crown arising from the maritime helicopter procurement. 
 
While AgustaWestland stands behind the allegations in the lawsuit, the action is being dismissed, without payment of costs or any other amounts. [emphasis added]
 
In 2000 the federal Crown announced its intention to proceed with a procurement for 28 maritime helicopters to replace the Sea Kings. A Request for Proposal was issued to AgustaWestland and one other bidder in December 2003 following a prequalification process. 
 
In July 2004 the federal Crown announced that AgustaWestland had not been evaluated as the successful bidder. 
 
The decision not to award the contract to AgustaWestland was not based on any shortcoming in the AgustaWestland EH101 helicopter or its performance capabilities. Indeed, in 1998 AgustaWestland won a competition to supply the federal Crown with EH101s in a procurement for a fleet of search and rescue helicopters. These helicopters are now in service and are an important addition to Canada’s search and rescue capabilities. 
 
The Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister of National Defence welcome AgustaWestland’s participation in any future military procurement. They acknowledge that the fact of AgustaWestland’s lawsuit, the allegations made by it in the lawsuit, this settlement and/or the solicitation for the supply of maritime helicopters shall not impede AgustaWestland or its related parties participating in future Department of National Defence procurements on the same terms as any other potential supplier.

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Re: CAN Announces Settlement With Agusta-Westland Int'l
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 18:56:07 »
10 will give you 1 that there is some form of quid pro quo going on here.......

Drop the suit & we'll be nice at some time in the near future....
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Re: CAN Announces Settlement With Agusta-Westland Int'l
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007, 21:52:02 »
The same story that was carried by Bloomberg made note that the company lawyer stated that the reason that AW dropped the lawsuit was because they want to be able to bid on two upcoming CAF helicopter projects:  attack helicopters for the Chinooks and possibly more SAR helicopters.

First place I've read that the government was considering ordering more SAR birds.

 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aqyxFMMovVIA

I can't believe we finally have a government that takes the military seriously.

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Re: CAN Announces Settlement With Agusta-Westland Int'l
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 22:05:04 »
Got it in one, Geo.....

The Government of Canada Announces Settlement With AgustaWestland International Limited
PWGSC news release, Nov 26, 2007, 15:00 ET

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The Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister of National Defence welcome AgustaWestland's participation in any future military procurement. They acknowledge that the fact of AgustaWestland's lawsuit, the allegations made by it in the lawsuit, this settlement and/or the solicitation for the supply of maritime helicopters shall not impede AgustaWestland or its related parties participating in future Department of National Defence procurements on the same terms as any other potential supplier....
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Re: CAN Announces Settlement With Agusta-Westland Int'l
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 07:31:42 »
As I have always said.... it's good to know which side of the toast the butter is on 8)
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