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National Defence committee  In this particular circumstance, as you indicate, we've had other fleets of C-130 aircraft, the ECHO series, that we retired in recent years that had been built in the 1960s. What is very fortunate in this case is that we have been co-operating with our Australian colleagues for

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  Thank you, sir. What we're trying to do is take a more programmed approach, as opposed to a bunch of stovepipe projects where we start one, we finish one, what do we do...? It's why we're in discussion with Seaspan, the Vancouver shipyard, about what's in the art of the possible

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  Very quickly, sir, knowing what your time is, I think there are a few projects there that are massive. We have seen this in the past when we built the Canadian patrol frigates. We're about to enter an era where we're starting to build the Canadian surface combatants, as we talked

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  Sir, they, like us, have put a lot of investment into those aircraft. I sailed on 40-year-old ships that had brand new modern missiles. I think we have to be careful about the age of an aircraft and saying that reflects its capability. They haven't—

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  They have in a number of cases more than ours, but hours in a fighter are not necessarily the best measure of the stress on the structure. How much has been low-flying? How much was combat air support? We're quite comfortable, as the minister said, with the work done at L3 in Mon

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  On the east coast, we're in discussion with the yard. It's not the government's to entirely solve...but we are looking at the six AOPS from a military requirement capability. On some of the other things, as we move to the selection of the surface combatant design this fall, that

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  Sir, quickly, the tail numbers have not specifically been identified. They will be negotiated for the very reason that you say: that they still have hours on them. We don't want to take aircraft at the very end of their service life. These will be flyable assets that are in servi

May 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  There could be a delay, absolutely, if they want to hold on to all the aircraft. Like us, a certain portion of their fleet is always undergoing heavy maintenance. By virtue of aircraft that they are going to dispose of, they're going to cease doing that and be parking some aircra

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  As the minister indicated, we don't have the final agreement with Australia. We have gone back and forth with an increased amount of certainty. When the U.S. government approves the third party transfer, that will enable us to finalize it all. We have a preliminary understanding

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  As the deputy indicated, it really is procurement, I'd say, across the town, as you appreciate, in defence. For the army, navy, and air force, it's how they can advance things in the context of option analysis within the materiel group so that the project managers, the procuremen

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  Not delivering internally or not delivering by suppliers.... On not delivering internally, within my span of control, we have very detailed performance measures that we bring to our program management board. I have over 300 projects and over 10,000 contracts under management. We

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  On future fighters, we have completed the source list, a bit of a pre-qualification. That's now done and in place. We reduced it to the five key suppliers, but we engaged with nations. These will come in different fashions. As early as next week, again with our colleagues at Publ

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  On the one hand, we are working to expedite the acquisition of—

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  I would just add that certainly the profit levels on CSC have not been established. “Profit on profit” is something we watch very carefully for. I think it's important to separate, though, profit on profit from payments that are made to manage subcontractors, which is fairly typi

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

National Defence committee  The first Arctic offshore patrol ship will be delivered into the navy next year. It will start to require some maintenance at that point, and every nine months thereafter will be a follow-on ship. The need to start providing maintenance is merging. At this point we've laid out a

March 20th, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn