Strategic Tanker Transport Capability project

Project summary

The Government of Canada is acquiring a new fleet of aircraft to replace the CC-150 Polaris. Known as the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC), this new fleet will conduct multiple tasks, such as in-flight refuelling of other aircraft, military personnel and cargo airlift, medical evacuations, and strategic transport of Government of Canada officials.

This new aircraft will improve the flexibility, responsiveness, interoperability with allied nations, communications security, and self-protection of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet.

The project will acquire an in-service support solution for the new aircraft, as well as infrastructure to house and maintain the fleet at the main operating base, 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. Additionally, the project will provide a training and simulation capability to prepare and maintain crew readiness.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 3: Definition
1. Identification

1. Identification

  • N/A
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • The Strategic Tanker Transport Capability Project entered the options analysis phase on March 21, 2018.
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • Invitation to Qualify: February 2021
  • Publication of qualified supplier list: April 2021
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Request for Proposal: Winter 2022
  • Implementation Phase: 2023
  • Initial Operational Capability: 2028/2029
  • Final Operational Capability: 2030/2031
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • Project Closeout: 2030/2031

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Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

April 1, 2021
Following evaluation of the responses received to the Invitation to Qualify (ITQ), the Government of Canada published the name of the qualified supplier that demonstrated its ability to meet the requirements listed in the ITQ. The company is Airbus Defence and Space SA.

February 12, 2021
The Government of Canada published a final Invitation to Qualify on Buy and Sell for suppliers to qualify for the upcoming procurement process.

December 17, 2020
The Government of Canada published a draft Invitation to Qualify on Buy and Sell to solicit industry feedback.

Industry

Benefiting Canadian Industry

Industrial and regional benefits:

The Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, including the value proposition, will apply to this procurement and will provide opportunities for Canada’s aerospace and defence sectors. The ITB Policy requires the successful bidder to make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract.

Technical information

Technical information

N/A

Project costs

Project costs

  • The project cost is currently valued between $1 billion – $4.99 billion. Project costs will be refined based on industry feedback as the project advances.
Issues/Risks

Issues/Risks

The COVID-19 pandemic may have an effect on the project.

There is a risk that the project management office may not be able to build the human resources capacity fast enough to meet demand. This risk can be mitigated by engaging in proactive recruitment.

Mitigated Risks

Given the risk with ability to build human resource capacity the project management office there was a risk to the initial operational capability schedule. This risk has been mitigated by standing up the Operational Implementation Working Group as early as possible.

This project is taking a fixed budget approach to acquire the core capability using the allocated SSE funding. The fixed budget approach could have impacted project scope, however trade-off between costs and capabilities have been assessed during the definition phase and viable solutions are available.

This project is taking a fixed budget approach to acquire the core capability using the allocated funding in the defence policy. As the fixed budget approach could impact project scope, the project management team will be assessing trade-off options between cost and capability during the definition phase.

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