Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for the National Aerial Surveillance Program (T8493-150035/C)

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Publishing status
Days to closing
1 week 2 days hence


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2019/12/17 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of delivery
National Capital Region, Nunavut
Notice type
Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI)
Trade agreement
  • None
Tendering procedure
All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive procurement strategy
Best Overall Proposal
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Transport Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Bootsma, Lena
Contact email
Contact phone
(873) 469-3864 ( )
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Contact address
Portage III 7C2 - 50
11 Laurier St./11 rue Laurier
K1A 0S5

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Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall  Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: Yes
Nature of Requirements: 


03 December 2019- 
Amendment 007 to the Letter of Interest (LOI).

The purpose of this document is to summarize the feedback received from Industry during the recent Industry Engagement Activities and the outcome on the development of the final RFP.

Before releasing the final RFP with the described changes, Canada is asking potential bidders to advise whether or not, after taking into account the described changes, they would be able to submit a compliant bid. Compliance includes a Financial Bid being within the maximum funding.  If not, Canada provides this opportunity for potential bidders to indicate what would prevent them from meeting the requirements.   

Response is requested to be sent by email to the PWGSC Contracting Authority by the closing date of this LOI.

After Canada has considered the responses requested above, Industry Consultation will be complete and the final RFP will be released.  

Security Requirement: 
Canada would like to take this opportunity to bring to potential Bidders attention that a Security Requirement has been identified as applicable to the work of a resulting contract. 


21 November 2019 - 
Amendment 006 to the Letter of Interest (LOI).

The closing date of this LOI Notice has been extended to December 13, 2019 for the purpose of keeping the Notice open for Canada to post a Summary of Feedback and Outcomes, before issuing the final RFP.  


16 October 2019 -
Amendment 005 to the Letter of Interest (LOI).
The closing date of this LOI Notice has been extended to November 22, 2019 for the purpose of keeping the Notice open for Canada to post further communications to Industry before issuing the final RFP.  

18 September 2019 - 
Amendment 004 to the Letter of Interest (LOI).

The purpose of this amendment is to provide an update on the progress of the RPAS for NASP procurement. 
It has been just over a month since Canada concluded One-on-One meetings with potential bidders as part of Industry Engagement.  Follow-up feedback was requested from meeting participants for September 13th. The RPAS for NASP project team is assessing the feedback received and determining outcomes to finalize the requirement and RFP.  

The closing date of this LOI Notice has been extended to October 17, 2019 for the purpose of keeping the Notice open for Canada to post further communications to Industry, including a summary of feedback and outcomes, before issuing the final RFP.  

Canada acknowledges and appreciates the time and resources participants put into reviewing the draft RFP and providing feedback.  Thank you for your engagement with the RPAS for NASP project team on the development of this procurement.

15 August 2019 - Amendment 003 to the Letter of Interest (LOI) is raised to extend the closing date.

The closing date of the LOI has been extended to September 20, 2019 for the purpose of posting further communications before issuing the final RFP.  The Consultation Period remains open during this time.

16 July 2019 - Amendment 002 to the Letter of Interest is raised to insert at Attachment 3 to the LOI, Responses to Industry Questions.

28 June 2019 - Amendment 001 to the Letter of Interest is raised to insert Attachment 3 to the LOI, Responses to Industry Questions, and respond to questions received.  
As this is an open and transparent competitive process, questions received and our responses that may be pertinent to any potential supplier will be posted publicly on before LOI closing so all interested suppliers receive the same information.  The question will be amended to remove any identifying information before posting.
11 June 2019 - 

Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC) is seeking to engage further with Industry through consultation on a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for the Government of Canada, Transport Canada (TC).  

Transport Canada (TC) requires a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) that is capable of operation Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).  TC will operate the RPAS as a proof of concept in order to evaluate RPAS technology to support the National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) in conjunction with the existing fleet of manned surveillance aircraft to maintain persistent domain awareness in Canada’s Arctic. 

In March 2016, Canada sought Industry consultation on the development of a proposed competitive procurement for the RPAS, initiated by Letter of Interest (LOI) T8493-150035/A. In August 2016, Canada posted a second LOI, T8493-150035/B, giving an overview of the Industry Consultative Process that had taken place. While developing the draft RFP in 2017, the possibility to acquire a surplus High Altitude Long Endurance RPAS from the Federal Republic of Germany became available and Canada explored that option.  After much investigation, it was determined to continue with Industry Engagement on a potential competitive solicitation.

The objectives of this LOI are to:
1) Provide the Draft RFP document (Attachment 2 to LOI);
2) Obtain review and feedback from potential suppliers to the draft RFP, in particular response to the specific Questions for Feedback. (Attachment 1 to LOI);
3) Open 1-on-1 meetings with Canada’s RPAS project team to potential bidders to discuss understanding of the RFP process and their capability of meeting the requirements of the draft RFP.

Participants in this draft RFP phase of the Consultative Process should be potential suppliers to the requirement.  Potential bidders for this requirement may request a one-on-one meeting with Canada. 

Written feedback, request for clarification, and, if applicable, request for a one-on-one meeting must only be sent to the PWGSC Contracting Authority via email and are requested to be received by the Submission of Responses date indicated below, but are also welcome before that date.

Submission of Responses:  July 18, 2019

The closing date of the LOI is August 21, 2019 for the purpose of posting further communications, if necessary, before issuing the final RFP.

This LOI is neither a call for tender nor a Request for Proposal (RFP).  No agreement or contract will be entered into based on this LOI.  The issuance of this LOI is not to be considered in any way a commitment by the Government of Canada, nor as authority to potential respondents to undertake any work that could be charged to Canada.  This LOI is not to be considered as a commitment to issue a subsequent solicitation or award contract(s) for the work described herein.

Participation in this LOI is encouraged, but is not mandatory.  There will be no short-listing of potential suppliers for the purposes of undertaking any future work as a result of this LOI.  Similarly, participation in this LOI is not a condition or prerequisite for the participation in any potential subsequent solicitation.

Changes to this LOI may occur and will be advertised on the Government Electronic Tendering System.  Canada asks Respondents to visit regularly to check for changes, if any.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU000.PDF000English- 2019-06-11
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU000.PDF000French- 2019-06-11
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU001.PDF001English- 2019-07-02
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU001.PDF001French- 2019-07-02
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU002.PDF002English- 2019-07-17
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU002.PDF002French- 2019-07-17
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU003.PDF003English- 2019-08-15
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU003.PDF003French- 2019-08-15
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU004.PDF004English- 2019-09-18
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU004.PDF004French- 2019-09-18
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU005.PDF005English- 2019-10-16
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU005.PDF005French- 2019-10-16
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU006.PDF006English- 2019-11-21
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU006.PDF006French- 2019-11-21
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.E27353.EBSU007.PDF007English- 2019-12-03
ABES.PROD.PW_CAG.B004.F27353.EBSU007.PDF007French- 2019-12-03

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