AOPS and JSS in-service support contract award announced

Artist’s impression of the Harry Dewolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel.
Artist’s impression of the Harry Dewolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel.

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The contract for inservice support, including refit, repair, maintenance, and training for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS) was awarded August 17 to Thales Canada Inc. and Thales Australia Ltd.

The contract is for an initial service period of eight years, estimated at $800 million (excluding taxes), with options to extend services for up to 35 years, for an estimated total of $5.2 billion (excluding taxes) for the life cycle of the vessels.

Under this contract, Thales is required to compete this work amongst subcontractors.  For ships delivered in the East, work will be conducted in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec or Ontario, resulting in regional economic benefits. For ships delivered in the West, work will be conducted in the Western provinces and territories, resulting in regional economic benefits. It is anticipated that more than 2 000 jobs will be created or maintained across Canada over this 35-year period.

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