Canada’s Defence Department broke government procurement rules when it purchased new Chinook and maritime helicopters, low-balled the costs of the acquisitions and did not develop full life-cycle costs for the two aircraft fleets, according to the report.
Released in Ottawa on Oct. 26, the report said Auditor General Sheila Fraser examined the purchase of the Cyclone maritime helicopter from Sikorsky and the Chinook helicopter from Boeing. The total cost of the two programs is 11 billion Canadian dollars ($10.9 billion).
“We understand that acquiring complex military equipment like these helicopters presents unique challenges,” Fraser said. “Nonetheless, the results of this audit are troubling.”
The Defence Department will be taking actions on all recommendations made by the Auditor General, a senior Canadian Force official said.