RCAF to receive new snow clearing equipment

News Article / March 5, 2020

Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan announced on March 4, 2020, that six Royal Canadian Air Force main operating bases will be receiving new runway snow clearing equipment.

Three companies have been awarded a contract to provide a total of 27 snowplows, 22 snow blowers, 28 runway sweepers, and 9 aircraft de-icer trucks for distribution among 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia; 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta; 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba; 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario; 3 Wing Bagotville, Québec, and; 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

The project will replace equipment that is about 30 years old and is reaching the end of its useful life.

“We will always provide the support and equipment that the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces need,” the Defence Minister said. “When the Royal Canadian Air Force is called upon for service, they respond. This investment will allow our members to safely do the challenging work we ask of them, no matter the weather.”

The first of the equipment is expected to arrive at both 3 Wing Bagotville and 14 Wing Greenwood in October 2020.

The RCAF plays an important role in the defence and security of Canada. Its main operating bases across Canada provide air support to Canadian Armed Forces operations domestically and abroad, including search and rescue operations across Canada and transportation of personnel and equipment around the world. This equipment is essential for the RCAF to ensure safe and effective air operations 24/7 in Canada during winter conditions that can last up to 6 months or more a year.

The companies awarded the contracts include Global Ground Support, Olathe, Kansas, for $8.1 million; Airport Technologies, Southport, Manitoba, for $24.6 million; and Fresia s.p.a, Millesimo, Italy, for $8.9 million.

The contracts were awarded as part of the Snow and Ice Control Capability Recapitalization project, in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment and tools they need. The contract awarded to Airport Technologies will help sustain 30 jobs in Canada.


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