Leonardo has filed notice of legal action in January, after having failed in a bid to replace Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue fleet.
The company is challenging the Liberal government's decision last fall to buy 16 new C-295W transports manufactured by rival Airbus Defence and Space.
Leonardo S.p.A offered its C-27J transport for the competition, CBC News reported Wednesday.
The company requested Federal Court judge to toss out the multibillion-dollar contract, but only delivered supporting arguments and affidavits to the court on Tuesday.
The Italian aircraft-maker said that the bid by Airbus should be disqualified and the court should cancel the contract. The company cites a number of grounds, including a claim the C-295W does not meet the specifications originally set out by the Royal Canadian Air Force, notably the ability to "perform mandatory long-range missions stipulated" in the request for proposals. Leonardo's court filing also raises alleged safety concerns related to the absence of a redundant power system in the aircraft. "The necessary consequences of this inadequacy should have been the disqualification (if no modification was proposed) or rating penalization (if a modification was proposed) of the Airbus proposal," said the filing. Separately, Leonardo argues that the Airbus bid should have been disqualified at the outset because of cost. In late November, the Liberal government announced it was buying the C-295 in two-step procurement for a total price of $4.7 billion over the next two decades. The first step, at a cost of $2.4 billion, involves the purchase of aircraft, simulators and 11 years of support.
The second step involves a future in-service support program that will have to be negotiated with Airbus, at an estimated cost of $2.3 billion. However, in the request for proposals, which was filed in court as part of the supporting documents, all bidders were told their package could not exceed $3.4 billion, including in-service maintenance support. "Officials with Leonardo have sought an explanation from Public Works, but have been met with silence," said a source familiar with the file, but who was not authorized to speak with the media. "The applicant's proposal to supply Canada with FWSAR aircraft and related services was evaluated as being fully compliant with the requirements of the (request for proposals) and substantially less costly than the aircraft and services proposed by Airbus," the court filing said. Federal lawyers have indicated the government intends to fight the claim, but has not filed a statement of defence.
Lenoardo has closed 2016 fiscal year with a 35 billion Euro backlog including new orders for 2016 alone worth Euro 20 billion guaranteeing the Italy-headquartered defence and aerspace conglomerate a 3 years production run in its factories mostly in Europe. Net Result for 2016 before extraordinary transactions was at more than EUR 500 million, more than double of 2015 at EUR 253 million, a company statement said today
Leonardo has delivered its first NH90 Maritime Italian Navy Tactical Transport helicopter during a ceremony held at Luni Naval Base. The delivery marks the first of ten scheduled for the Italian navy, which designated the aircraft as MH-90, the company announced today
Leonardo and Abu Dhabi-based IGG (International Golden Group PJSC) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to supply cyber security capabilities in the UAE during the on-going IDEX exhibition. Leonardo and IGG will collaborate to identify and implement advanced solutions including Security Operations Centres (SOCs)
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 has received validation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with deliveries to US customers slated to begin later this year. This approval follows European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of the new medium twin helicopter by seven months, the company announced Tuesday
INKAS announced that its subsidiary INKAS Israel commences full-scale operations in the Middle East by acquiring two Israeli special purpose tactical vehicles manufacturers. In addition to armoring services, INKAS Israel offers advanced technological solutions for special purpose vehicle modifications and conversions utilizing high quality certified materials and unique know-how
Airbus Helicopters and IAR have signed a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. Under this general agreement IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace their ageing fleet
The Indian Navy is likely to buy several Sea King helicopters that have been declared surplus by Canada. Indian officials are likely to discuss the purchase during an official visit by Canadas defence minister, Harjit Sajjan later this month, Financial Express quoted unnamed source as saying
Ottawa has written to the U.S
Leonardo DRS has signed an agreement to acquire Daylight Solutions, a US firm that develops and supplies quantum cascade laser products and technology. “Acquisition of Daylight Solutions is a first significant step forward towards the objectives of growth and development of the Industrial Plan 2017-2021
Leonardo Helicopter has won an £8 million deal contract from UK ministry of defense to help research and develop unmanned helicopter drones. The Ministry of Defence announced Sunday that it will work with Leonardo Helicopters to see how the technology could be used to support military personnel on the battlefield
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