The Canadian government has awarded two contracts worth a total of $118 million (C$149 million) to Thales Canada for three tactical control radars. The first contract is for the acquisition of three new tactical control radar systems, sub-systems and associated equipment, for an estimated value of $123 million (C$154 million). The second contract is for in-service support for an initial work period of five years, for an estimated value of $25 million (C$32 million), plus two one-year options. First deliveries of the new radars are expected to begin in 2023.
These new radars will enable the Royal Canadian Air Force to detect, identify and direct fighter interceptors to potential threats in Canadian and North American aerospace. These radars can also be transported and deployed world-wide to support operations and training exercises for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Two of these radars will replace the existing ones located at 4 Wing Cold Lake, in Alberta, and 3 Wing Bagotville, in Quebec, and the third one will be used as needed, based on Canadian Armed Forces operational requirements.
The radars provided by Thales Canada Inc. are manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The contracts for tactical control radars are expected to create or maintain more than 85 jobs annually across the Canadian economy and contribute more than $50 million (C$63 million) to Canada’s gross domestic product throughout the life of the project. The radars are expected to be fully operational within three and a half years of the contracts being awarded.
Until replacements are delivered, the government will continue to maintain and employ the existing Northrop Grumman TPS-70. Repair and overhaul services have been put in place for the existing TPS-70 to cover the period up to and including the implementation of the new radars. The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to this procurement to undertake business activities in Canada equal to the value of the contracts. A fairness monitor oversaw the whole procurement process and concluded the procurement was conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner.