CITT rules in favour of Oshkosh Defense over MSVS SMP contract award decision


Oshkosh Defense has won the legal conflict over a medium support vehicle system (MSVS) standard military pattern (SMP) contract award decision by the Canadian Department of National Defence.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruled in favour of Oshkosh, which raised concerns over procurement processes, technical compliance and testing protocols shortfalls during the MSVS SMP evaluation.

Valued at C$834m ($636.5m), the MSVS SMP contract was awarded to Mack Defence last year.

"The Oshkosh team firmly believes we offered the most capable vehicle for the Department of National Defence, and overall best value for Canada."

The first medium support vehicles from Mack will be delivered to the Canadian Forces later this year, Ottawa Citizen reported.

Following a four-month review, CITT has recommended the Department of Public Works and Government Services re-evaluate Oshkosh's bid.

The recommendation also includes the re-evaluation of vehicles and monetary compensation to Oshkosh.

Oshkosh Corporation president and CEO Wilson Jones said: "We are pleased with CITT's ruling, which validates our concerns and defends the fair and transparent procurement process that the Canadian Government strives to implement.

"Following years of work and investment, the Oshkosh team firmly believes we offered the most capable vehicle for the Department of National Defence, and overall best value for Canada.

"While we are disappointed in the significant errors found in the conduct of the MSVS evaluation process, we look forward to a fair and timely implementation of the Tribunal's recommendations."