Airport Technologies Inc (ATI) has been a $24.6 million contract to deliver new runway snow clearing equipment to six Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) main operating bases.
The contract is one of three recently awarded as part of the Snow and Ice Control Capability Recapitalization project. The project will replace equipment that is approximately 30 years old and reaching the end of its useful life.
The first of the equipment is expected to arrive at both 3 Wing Bagotville and 14 Wing Greenwood in October 2020.
“We will always provide the support and equipment that the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces need. 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”, said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.
The three companies who were awarded the contracts to deliver new snow clearing and de-icing equipment as part of the Snow and Ice Control Capability Recapitalization project are:
• Global Ground Support, Olathe, Kansas for $8.1 million
• Airport Technologies, Southport, Manitoba for $24.6 million
• Fresia s.p.a, Millesimo, Italy for $8.9 million
Together the contracts will deliver 22 runway snow blowers, 27 runway snowplows, 28 towed runway sweepers (with a separate Request for Proposal for three more), and nine aircraft de-icer trucks with an option for three more. The new equipment will be delivered to 3 Wing Bagotville, 4 Wing Cold Lake, 8 Wing Trenton, 14 Wing Greenwood, 17 Wing Winnipeg and 19 Wing Comox.
RCAF’s main operating bases across Canada provide air support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations domestically and abroad, including search and rescue (SAR) 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 six months or more a year.