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Public Accounts committee  Thank you very much for the question. As you said, I will begin at 50,000 feet and then my colleague can complete my reply. You have to understand that a fighter jet is extraordinarily complex. You have to take into account everything that is in a fighter aircraft, like the sof

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Thank you, once again, for the question. I'll begin the answer and my colleague may complete it. There is a certain hierarchy among the trades when it comes to the maintenance of all of our equipment. There are responsible engineers and technologists, that is to say those who do

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  There is a shortage of maintenance technicians just about everywhere. I am responsible for all of the armed forces equipment, and I can tell you that the problem is the same in the navy and the army. The private sector also needs these technicians, but the biggest problem for us

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Again, what we've heard from everybody is that three years is a reasonable time to do it. There are active assembly lines, but you are correct that we are banking on that three-year cycle. These are all people who have other customers, so they're actively building. It's not becau

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  In spring of 2019, the commercial—or in this case it's a government.... Nevertheless, the formal request for proposals goes out. In 2020, we receive the proposals early on and we go through the bid evaluation process, which will be a major chunk of 2020. We will down-select to a

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Just briefly, sir, one of the things we're trying to do...because that technology cycle is not just acquisition. That's in-service and through life. We've just closed off the project for C-130J and we're already opening up for block eight. Part of the complexity we're trying to t

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Thank you very much for the question, sir. Of course, bringing an aircraft into service is not just about the aircraft itself, and particularly in the Canadian context of the policies that we have and use effectively, such as our industrial technological benefits and other thing

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Up in Cold Lake.

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  On the first question, as I indicated, the $470 million we've approved for the additional Australian aircraft includes the upgrades, certain interoperability and other aspects that would be included. In the overall $3 billion, and that's where we go from the $1.2 million to the $

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  We've moved away from that model, that process we used to do within the materiel group of that time, doing scenarios and developing our own costs. We now have the chief financial officer model, and he's responsible for it. Within “Strong, Secure, Engaged” there are some projects

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  We have worked very closely with Australia in understanding the fatigue. Some of the experts are absolutely here in Canada. That's already been said. I was speaking to some of them late last week. The centre of excellence for F-18 fatigue in the world is here in Canada, at Mirabe

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  Yes, sir. This is unrelated in the context that it's not just fighters. We have an aerospace engineering test establishment in Cold Lake. It's been there for decades, but the way it operates has changed quite significantly. This is something we've had under way for some time.

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  We are moving it out of Cold Lake.

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  It is part of the process we have gone through. Just to be clear, sir, we're not pulling everybody out of Cold Lake.

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn

Public Accounts committee  It was over a number of years. Gradually it was made and presented to our minister. What happened over time was that the work done in Cold Lake became increasingly the administrative headquarters for this kind of effort, which is now done around the world. We used to bring the

December 3rd, 2018Committee meeting

Patrick Finn