Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why didn't the defence department buy these subs?

West Edmonton Mall is selling its fleet of submarines, an opportunity that the Canadian Navy has somehow failed to seize. After all, the four submarines are cheaper than the British castoffs the navy bought, which have provided total failures.
And they apparently work.
Unlike the British subs.

And look at the pictures? Which would you buy?


Bernard von Schulmann said...

Given the experience of the Australians with their Collins class subs and the cost of the latest Swedish ones, the four used UK subs are not a bad deal.....

paul said...

In the sense of having subs that aren't functional, but paying less for them?

Anonymous said...

The thing I have never understood is what appears to be the lack of due diligence on the part of the DoD in this purchase. In a civilian boat purchase it's routine to have a marine survey - surely something comparable was done in this case? If not, why not, and if so, what did it say?

Has anyone FOI'd this?

opit said...

The Brits got a credit against use of CFB Suffield training facilities for the subs - which is a cost plus exercise in markup.
Plus they are part of a limited number of non nuclear options designated specifically for coastal defence.
I expect Collins over at 3Ds has posted on this.