The claims made in the plan come at the same time that major problems have emerged with the Canadian Surface Combatant project, the most expensive single purchase in the country’s history. The project would see the construction of 15 warships for the Royal Canadian Navy at Irving Shipbuilding on the east coast.
The vessels are to replace the current Halifax-class frigate fleet, but the price tag has continued to climb over the years. The project’s original cost was estimated at $14 billion but that increased to $26 billion and then to $70 billion. In late February, Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimated the cost has now increased to $77 billion.
In addition, on Feb. 1 the DND admitted that the delivery of the first surface combatant ship would be delayed until 2030 or 2031. The first ship was to have been delivered in 2025, according to previous DND documents.
Other projects, including the acquisition of Arctic and offshore patrol ships, as well as supply vessels, have also increased in cost and slipped behind schedule. Programs to purchase new fighter jets and drones have also been taking years, McCauley noted.
It’s not the first time that the DND has pushed back against criticism there are problems with defence procurement. In July 2020, DND officials denied they ever misjudged the cost of a project to buy new naval supply vessels, called Joint Support Ships, even though the price tag jumped from $2.3 billion to $4.1 billion in less than two years.
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