Development of a Capability-Based Bidder Evaluation Tool for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Replacement Project


  1. Bourdon, S.
  2. Kaluzny, B.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
In 2010, the National Research Council released a report detailing their review of the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Statement of Operational Requirement (SOR). The SOR is a Royal Canadian Air Force document that specifies the requirements that replacement aircraft must possess in order to be considered viable as search and rescue platforms. Subsequent to the review of the SOR, the Department of National Defence began reformulating this procurement process using a capability-based approach, specifying what effects were desired of the FWSAR aircraft rather than prescribing the fleet’s characteristics, such as speed, basing, etc. This report describes a series of analyses done in support of the procurement process including the development of a response performance model and tool, along with assessments and characterization of the opportunities and risks in potential aircraft/basing solutions based on the output of the model. The FWSAR Aircraft Performance Assessment Tool, or FWSAR APAT, is the culmination of DRDC Centre for Operational Research and Analysis efforts. This tool will be used as an integral part of the evaluation of bids when these are received. The FWSAR APAT has been released to industry as part of the Government’s consultation process, in addition to having been independently reviewed and thoroughly tested.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TR-2013-182 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2013
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