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Legal challenge postpones CSC frigate contract

05 December 2018

The Canadian government's selection of a preferred design for the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) future frigate has been put on hold due to a legal challenge.

Lockheed Martin Canada's Type 26 frigate was chosen as the winning design on 19 October 2018 for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.

However, competitor Alion Canada - and parent company Alion - formally challenged the award, claiming the competition was run unfairly. The losing bidder lodged a complaint with Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) over the conduct of the CSC competitive bid process.

A letter viewed by Jane's sent to the Department of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC) said the CITT has ordered the government not to sign any deal now with Lockheed Martin Canada: "You are hereby ordered to postpone the award of any contract in connection with the above-mentioned procurement until the Canadian International Trade Tribunal determines the validity of the complaint."

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