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Statement by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff
(Apr 24) General Lawson released the following strongly worded statement: Sexual assault is a crime. It is an abhorrent and corrosive act that goes against the entirety of our military ethos. I do not accept from any quarter that this is merely a part of military culture; it is not. Sexual misconduct of any kind is not and will not be tolerated within the CAF, and this is a message that I reinforce throughout the chain of command. We will pursue any and all allegations of sexual misconduct and we will protect complainants from reprisals. As military leaders, it is our duty to set a standard of respect in the workplace, to nurture that culture with education and training, and to ensure mutual respect through the clear and unambiguous enforcement of the policies and rules that guard the workplace. I have directed an immediate internal review of our workplace programmes and policies, and leadership engagement. Further to this, I will consider options for external review.
Defence Ministers in Mexico
(Apr 24) Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, participated in the Second Trilateral Meeting of North American Defence Ministers in Mexico City, Mexico. Hosted by Mexico’s Secretary of National Defence, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and the Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, the meeting also included U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The Defence Ministers discussed challenges to North American security, including North American southern border security, cyber defence, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.
Publishers of Dependent taking advance orders
A new novel by a Canadian military spouse deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families — early marriage, frequent and long absences, the culture of rank, post traumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power. It presents a raw view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform. more>>
NDP wants Canadian military peacekeepers to be sent to Africa
(Apr. 24) The federal New Democrats are urging the Harper government to send Canadian Forces peacekeepers to the Central African Republic to prevent genocide. The United Nations has called for peacekeeping assistance for the CAR, where Muslims and Christians have been fighting each other since 2012, forcing approximately one million people from their homes. more>>
Russia demands Ukraine pull troops from own territory
(Apr. 24) Kiev’s push to recapture government buildings and police stations seized by pro-Russia forces in Ukraine’s east has resulted in a warning from Moscow that Russia's response would be firm if its citizens or Ukrainian interests come under attack. Ukraine’s interim government has accused Russia of orchestrating the unrest in eastern Ukraine. more>>
Low vessel availability: Royal Canadian Navy
(Apr. 23) More than half of Canadian naval ships and submarines are being repaired, modernized, or in a reduced state of readiness, a low point in vessel availability. “This is our most challenging year but we have a plan to make sure we have ships available all the time,” Commodore Brian Santarpia, director general, navy strategic readiness, recently told the Ottawa Citizen. more>>
Ukraine restarts military campaign in east after bodies found
(Apr. 23) Ukraine has restarted military operations in the eastern part of the country after two beaten bodies were discovered in the Donetsk region, one thought to be a local politician. “The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,” acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov reportedly said. more>>
Navy crew member dies in Tanzania
(Apr 22) HMCS Regina: Leading Seaman Brandon South, has died in hospital in Tanzania on 21 April 2014. The crewman was en route to Canada for a scheduled leave period from the ship, which is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean. The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated.
U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10K troops
(Apr. 22) Obama Administration officials think that Afghan security forces are robust enough to allow the number of U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan to be 5,000 or less. The minimum demanded over the past several months by the U.S. military had been at least ten thousand. more>>
Combat divers take part in Operation NUNALIVUT 2014
(Apr. 22) Eighteen members of the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and four Combat divers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group are participating in Operation NUNALIVUT 2014, which runs until the end of April. “A considerable amount of planning has gone into this operation, we have brought in everything necessary to ice dive for a protracted period of time, including a recompression chamber. It’s great to see dive operations progressing in such a positive manner with consolidated teamwork and effort,” said Chief Petty Officer Second Class Larry Lyver, FDU(A). more>>
Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly gun attack
(Apr. 21) A shootout in eastern Ukraine on Sunday morning at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three people dead and resulted in conflicting statements of blame from Moscow and Kiev about who was responsible for the violent deaths. The armed clash near the city of Slovyansk appeared to be the first since an international agreement was reached last week in Geneva to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. more>>
U.S. commandos committing suicide at a record pace
(Apr. 21) U.S. Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command, recently told a symposium in Tampa, Florida that American commandos are taking their own lives at a record pace. “The last two years have been the highest rate of suicides we have had in the special operations community and this year I am afraid we are on the path to break that,” McRaven said during his keynote speech. more>>
Canada joins multinational disaster relief exercises in Peru
Approximately 60 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are deploying to Peru to take part in Exercise COOPERACIÓN III, a multinational exercise with a focus on disaster relief. The exercise will be conducted from April 19 to May 2, 2014.
Canada sending CF-18s to Europe to bolster NATO forces
(Apr. 18) Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced that in accordance with a request from NATO, Canada will send six CF-18 fighter jets to Europe to be part of an air-policing mission as a response to the crisis in the Ukraine. “This is in response to the situation that is developing there and frankly more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia under the presidency of Mr. (Vladimir) Putin,” said Harper. more>>
Armed men in eastern Ukraine disguised Russian troops
(Apr. 18) NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, a four-star general in charge of the U.S. Air Force’s European Command, blogged Thursday that Moscow’s claim that Russian forces have not been conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine is false. “What is happening in eastern Ukraine is a military operation that is well planned and organized, and we assess that it is being carried out at the direction of Russia,” Breedlove wrote on NATO’s blog. more>>
Martin Pelletier appointed as military judge
The Minister of National Defence has announced the appointment, effective immediately, of Commander Martin Pelletier as a new Military Judge. Prior to his appointment, Commander Pelletier served as the Assistant Director with the Director of Military Prosecutions, and joined the Canadian Military Prosecution Service in 2001. A former Navy reservist, he obtained his commission as an officer in 1989 and joined the Regular Force with the JAG office in 1995.
Pro-Russia militia seizes army vehicles in eastern Ukraine
(Apr. 17) In the town of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, armed separatists dressed in military fatigues took control of armoured personnel carriers that were abandoned by Ukrainian soldiers. Ukraine is rapidly vanishing as a sovereign state, with large chunks of the east part of the country now in open revolt. more>>
NATO to deploy more forces in Eastern Europe
(Apr. 17) NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, naval, and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine. After a meeting of the alliance’s 28 ambassadors, NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “Today we have agreed a package of military measures. We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water...and more readiness on the land.” more>>
Russian resurgence and the Arctic
The gradual melting of Arctic ice is creating the beginnings of a very different strategic situation affecting the Pacific states, Russia, the United States, Canada and Europe. The operational geography for trade, exploitation of raw materials, and military forces is being altered. It will be in Russia’s interest to build air and naval assets that can provide for defense and security in the region. more>>
Harassment Prevention and Resolution Policy
In the wake of two recent sexual assault proceedings, the Canadian Armed Forces is reminding members that it does not tolerate sexual misconduct in the workplace. “Cases like [these] erode the standards of military discipline and victimize everyone involved," said LCol Brian Frei, Commanding Officer, CFNIS. Clich here for a backgrounder on the DND/CAF Harassment Prevention and Resolution Policy. more>>
Ukraine troops recapture eastern airport
(Apr. 16) Ukraine’s military recaptured a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists on Tuesday. Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, announced that a military operation was under way to flush pro-Russian separatists out of government buildings and facilities seized in about 10 communities in eastern Ukraine during the past few days. more>>
If NATO calls, will Canada stand by Ukraine?
(Apr. 16) As tensions over Ukraine have mounted, Canadian Armed Forces officers have wondered if NATO is going to request that Canada deploy key military resources to Europe. NATO is preparing a “reassurance package” for its members in central and eastern Europe and has launched reconnaissance flights with Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in neighbouring Ukraine. more>>
Western Innovation Forum opens April 16
Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, will welcome more than 500 participants to the Western Innovation Forum on April 16-17 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hosted in collaboration with Mitacs and the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), this two-day event brings together innovators from across Western Canada to foster collaboration, partnerships and investment opportunities. more>>
Navy member died in Tanzania
A member of HMCS Regina has died in hospital in Tanzania on 21 April 2014. The crewman was en route to Canada for a scheduled leave period from the ship, which is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean. The circumstances surrounding this death are unknown at this time.
FrontLine edition #2 posted online
Articles include an intimate view from Kiev, multiple procurement commentaries, submarines as part of a balanced force, CBRN defence, Australia's outlook on the future of Air Power, the Diefenbunker as an option for your next meeting place, winter training... click here for details: more>>
Canadian officials working on plans for military mission in Syria
(Apr. 15) Canadian defence and diplomatic officials have been quietly working on plans for possible Canadian military missions in Syria as the country’s three-year civil war continues. The Department of National Defence has created potential Canadian military missions for at least five potential situations related to the conflict that has killed an estimated 150,000 and driven hundreds of thousands more from their homes and their country. more>>
U.S. Navy christens most expensive destroyer ever
(Apr. 15) The United States Navy christened the $7-billion, stealthy USS Zumalt on Saturday. The futuristic, 610-foot-long warship is one of three DDG-1000 destroyers being built for the Navy, which had wanted thirty-two, but does not has the requisite funds. more>>
CF member challenges govt. in court over housing costs
(Apr. 14) A 24-year veteran of Canada’s military, Major Marcus Brauer, is taking the federal government to court to recover thousands of dollars he lost on his home when he was posted to another base and got little compensation through a program that he says has caused financial hardship for dozens of members. The Treasury Board had decided that Brauer should receive only $15,000 for an $88,000 loss he took on the sale of his house in Alberta when he moved to Halifax in 2007. more>>
Malaysian military withheld radar data on Flight MH370
(Apr. 12) Malaysia’s government has begun investigating civil aviation and military authorities to determine why opportunities to identify and track Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were missed in the chaotic hours after it vanished. “What happened at that time is being investigated and I can’t say any more than that because it involves the military and the government,” a senior government official told Reuters. more>>
RAF Tornado aircrews thwart Afghanistan IED attack
(Apr. 11) The Royal Air Force reported Thursday that the aircrew in two Tornado GR4 fast jets spotted insurgents in Afghanistan last month who were planting a roadside bomb and forced them to scatter. \"The presence of a Tornado provides a huge psychological impact, reassuring ISAF troops and the civilian population, and sparking fear in the insurgents,\" Pilot Flt. Lt. Geoff Williams later told the BBC. more>>
Images that NATO says are proof of Russian military buildup
(Apr. 11) On Thursday, British Brigadier Gary Deakin, Director of the Comprehensive Crisis Operations and Management Centre at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, showed reporters recent satellite photographs that he said showed 40,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian frontier, along with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and warplanes. “This is a force that is very capable, at high readiness, and, as we have illustrated through the imagery, is close to routes and lines of communication,” Deakin said at a briefing at NATO military headquarters. more>>
Former UK Army captain’s book critical of waged Afghan war
(Apr. 10) A former Army captain, Dr. Mike Martin, who resigned his commission so he could publish a book that is highly critical of how the UK military conducted the war in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, has said that ignorant and aggressive tactics which saw towns and villages flattened meant locals quickly came to hate the British more than the Taliban. Martin said the Army was oblivious to the historical animosity felt by the populace towards their former colonial masters and locals assumed that the British wanted payback for the Anglo-Afghan wars of the 1840s. more>>
U.S. and Canadian militaries work together in the Arctic
(Apr. 10) Canada’s Joint Task Force-North and personnel and two ski-equipped aircraft from the New York Air National Guard are participating in Operation Nunalivut Exercise. “We see on the horizon the need for aircraft capabilities to meet Arctic taskings,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Souza of the 109th Operations Group. “We’re trying to get out ahead of it and demonstrate LC-130 capabilities. So we’re taking advantage of this exercise – we want to develop joint capabilities and interoperability with the Canadian Arctic Forces because they have a need to maintain an airlift reach throughout the High Arctic.” more>>
Depression, suicide among soldiers concerns surgeon general
(Apr. 9) The military’s surgeon general, Brig.-Gen. Jean-Robert Bernier, told the House of Commons defence committee on Tuesday that there have been eight suspected suicides in the Canadian Forces since the beginning of the year, but it’s unclear whether they represent a sustained pattern. Bernier noted separately that depression, especially among male Forces members, is double that of the civilian population and represents a “major concern.” more>>
U.S. could “re-examine” its military presence In Europe
(Apr. 9) U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet said Tuesday that Russia’s takeover of Crimea could prompt a review the American military presence in Europe, which has declined steadily since the end of the Cold War a generation ago. “While we do not seek confrontation with Russia, its actions in Europe and Eurasia may require the United States to re-examine our force posture in Europe and our requirement for future deployments, exercises, and training in the region,” he said. more>>
USCG medevacs ailing sailor from HMCS Halifax
(Apr. 8) On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a crew member from HMCS Halifax about 50 kilometers east of Virginia. “Working with our partner agencies and the Halifax, we were able to coordinate the frigate altering course toward shore to minimize the crew’s flight time and risk involved during the medevac,” said Thomas Botzenhart, a search and rescue coordinator in the 5th District Command Center. more>>
US SecState and Pentagon clash on approach to Syria’s rebels
(Apr. 8) Frustrated by the ongoing stalemate in the Syrian civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for the American military to become more aggressive in supporting rebel forces in Syria. However, the Pentagon has opposed any such effort, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey saying the risk is high of being dragged into an open-ended foreign entanglement. more>>
CSOR- Canada Special Operations Regiment
CTV's W5 chronicles the training and operations of one of Canada's most elite fighting teams. CSOR is shown training African soldiers in counter terrorism techniques in the African nation of Niger. Co-operative ventures with other Western Nations such as this are essential in remaining ahead of the growing collaborative efforts of the terrorist organizations around the world. View full video at this link. more>>
CFDS supports infrastructure in Nova Scotia
The Minister of National Defence announced the start of construction work for two Halifax-area facilities that are expected to generate an estimated 380 jobs. A $64.8 million contract for a new housing and training facility for the Junior Ranks at CFB Halifax was awarded to Aecon and SLI of Halifax. The second contract ($6.1 million), for the construction of a new armoury in Bedford, which will be known as the Major Robert Campbell Risley Armoury, was won by PCL Constructors Canada, also of Halifax. These investments are part of the Canada First Defence Strategy.
Back from disrupting illicit trafficking operations
HMCS Nanaimo and Whitehorse returned today from a 5-week successful deployment on Operation Caribbe. They were part of Canada's participation in the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean.
US sending 2 more warships to Japan to counter N. Korea
(Apr. 7) U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Asia Pacific nations Sunday that Washington will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and China must respect its neighbors better. Hagel said: “We must be very careful and we must be very clear, all nations of the world, that in the 21st century this will not stand, you cannot go around the world and redefine boundaries and violate territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations by force, coercion and intimidation whether it\'s in small islands in the Pacific or large nations in Europe.” more>>
Tanker program may advance NATO equipment sharing
(Apr. 7) American and British leaders have been pushing for NATO weapons and equipment collaboration projects, including aerial tankers. “It’s a realistic thing to say. It’s a difficult thing to deliver,” said Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. more>>
Behind the secret world of Canada’s covert commandos
(Apr. 5) CTV’s W5 news program was granted access to film the Canadian Special Operations Regiment as its soldiers worked in Niger, “a land-locked and drought-stricken part of Africa that is one of the poorest nations on earth.” The program aired on Saturday, April 5th and will be archived on the CTV website. more>>
Defence Procurement Strategy Session
PWGSC's Office of Small and Medium Enterprises invites members of the defence industry to participate in an in-person Defence Procurement Strategy information session at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Friday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please click here to register: more>>
HMCS Regina intercepts drug vessel, seizes narcotics
(Apr. 4) HMCS Regina, a Halifax-class frigate, intercepted and boarded a vessel off the east coast of Africa earlier this week carrying 132 kilograms of heroin. The Royal Canadian Navy warship and its crew have been participating in Operation ARTEMIS, a maritime security and counter-terrorism operation. more>>
Conservatives are ’second-guessing’ the cost of veterans: Dallaire
(Apr. 4) Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, a former lieutenant-general and ex-commander of the ill-fated peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, has told the Canadian Press that Conservative politicians have been “second-guessing the cost of veterans.” Meanwhile, out west veterans of the war in Afghanistan have launched a class-action lawsuit against the government, which has argued to the B.C. Supreme Court that there is no “social contract” between Canada and its soldiers and that promises made by past governments to care for the wounded are not binding on the current or future governments. more>>
Cracks in HMCS Iroquois will limit warship’s operations
(Apr. 3) HMCS Iroquois, a Iroquois-class warship built in 1972, has stress fractures in its superstructure, the part of the ship above the main deck. The warship’s damage was found in February during an exercise off the U.S. east coast. more>>
NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly
(Apr. 3) NATO’s military chief, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, warned Wednesday that Russian troops could begin invading eastern Ukraine within 12 hours of being given the order. He told CNN that Russia has all the components necessary to move on Ukraine, including “fixed-wing aircraft, rotary aircraft, all of the logistics required in order to successfully make an incursion.” more>>
Wounded soldiers muzzled – for their own good
(Apr. 2) Injured Canadian soldiers are being asked to sign a form governing what they can and can’t say in public, and have been told it’s for their own good. The form says that soldiers in the Joint Personnel Support Unit, or JPSU, are not to disclose “your views on any military subject” and not to “write anything that might discourage others or make them dissatisfied with their conditions or their employment.” more>>
Sniper takes out 6 Taliban fighters with 1 bullet
(Apr. 2) From a distance of 930 yards, an unnamed, 20-year-old British sniper in Afghanistan last December shot the trigger switch for an explosive vest worn by a Taliban suicide bomber, killing him and five of his fellow insurgents. The incident is only now coming to light in the news media in the UK and has been confirmed by Lt. Col. Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers. more>>
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MBDA missile marks milestone

MBDA has just demonstrated the firing capabilities of its MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée)missile in an operational configuration. The launch tests were carried out in a confined space in the presence of the operator, using his firing post, and the team leader. The success of these tests, carried out in MBDA’s test tunnel at its Bourges facility in central France, has confirmed the safety of use of the missile and its firing post. more>>
CADSI appoints new Chair
Al Conrad of IMP Aerospace and Defence has been appointed as the new Chair of the CADSI Government Relations Committee.
Raytheon wins North Warning System project
(Mar 28) Canada has awarded a contract to Raytheon Canada for the operation and maintenance of its North Warning System. Raytheon proposed achieving Inuit benefits and projected targets towards jobs and growth for the Inuit that well exceeded the 13% requirement set out in the RFP. more>>
Qatar buys 2 refuelers from Airbus
Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by Qatar to supply two A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar is the seventh nation to select the A330 (Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE, and UK), and India is in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six aircraft.
L-3 MAPPS to design new IPMS for AOPS
(Mar 27) L-3 MAPPS has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada (a Tier 1 supplier to Irving Shipbuilding) to support the design activity of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The L-3 MAPPS IPMS provides comprehensive monitoring and control of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, ancillary, auxiliary and damage control machinery systems.
L-3 CS-East wins AOPS coms system work
L-3 Communication Systems-East has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to support design activity of the integrated communications subsystems for the new AOPS. L-3 CS-East will design the interior and exterior communications subsystems for the new vessels.
South Korea choses F-35
(Mar 24) South Korea formally announced its decision to procure the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Following a comprehensive evaluation process for its F-X program, the Republic of Korea becomes the third foreign military to select the F-35. Israel and Japan selected the F-35A in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
BMT Fleet names Darcy Byrtus President
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has appointed Darcy Byrtus as President. Mr. Byrtus joins BMT from General Dynamics Canada where he held the post of Director of Business Development for Naval Programs and Project Management. more>>
DCNS, Thales finish Colombian frigates
Thales and DCNS announce the comprehensive modernisation programme of the Colombian Navy’s four Almirante Padilla class frigates has been concluded with a successful Sea Acceptance Test of the class’s fourth ship. The contract with the Colombian authorities was signed early 2009, with DCNS acting as prime contractor and Thales as the lead systems integrator for the combat system and communications suite. more>>
Kelowna Flightcraft joins FWSAR team
Team Spartan, comprised of Alenia Aermacchi, General Dynamics Canada, and DRS Technologies Canada, has added Kelowna Flightcraft, a leading Canadian aircraft in-service support provider, to its team that is pursuing the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue program.
New Raytheon/ViaSat ’Link16’ repair facility
(Mar 14) ViaSat and Raytheon Canada are working together to establish a repair and maintenance facility for Link 16 MIDS military communication terminals in Canada. This new Calgary facility will provide a Canadian resource to perform the work more quickly and at a reduced cost to the customer.
UTC names Bertrand as new VP
Richard Bertrand has been named Vice President, Government Relations at United Technologies Corp. (UTC), with responsibility for all divisions operating in Canada. Mr. Bertrand has worked with Pratt & Whitney Canada since 2005 and will now assume responsibilities for Sikorsky, Otis, Carrier, United Technologies Aerospace Systems and other subsidiaries, with over 9,000 employees. He will work out of his current offices in Ottawa, now a UTC facility.
Member of the Order of Canada
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has appointed Barry Marsden as one of 61 new Members of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the growth of Canada’s aviation industry as president and CEO of Conair Aviation and as the founder of Cascade Aerospace (recently purchased by IMP Aerospace and Defence).
NovAtel antenna in Canadian army test

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected NovAtel's GAJT-700ML antenna for testing on Canadian Army armored vehicles. The GAJT-700ML, developed in Calgary at NovAtel’s global headquarters, is the world’s first single-unit GPS anti-jam antenna system for land vehicles. more>>
Airbus HC-144As for US Coast Guard

Airbus Group, Inc. has delivered the 16th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 235 of which are currently in operation by 29 countries. This is the first of three HC-144A’s planned for delivery this year. more>>
Raytheon names Thomas Kennedy new CEO
Raytheon Company announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy to serve as the Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31, 2014. Dr. Kennedy will succeed William H. Swanson, who has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon Company since 2003. more>>
DCNS and PIRIOU win French navy contract

DCNS and PIRIOU have won the French navy contract for the supply of three multi-mission ocean-going vessels, with an option for a fourth, and the associated maintenance services. The contract covers the design and construction of three ships, 65 metres long and displacing around 1500 tons, to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. more>>
Oshkosh bids for Canadian Army trucks

Oshkosh Defense Canada has responded to the Government of Canada’s Request for Proposal for the Standard Military Pattern component of the Medium Support Vehicle System project. Oshkosh’s strategic team members for the project include DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada – Raydan Division. more>>
Innovation support for Western SME’s

Western Canadian businesses can now get support to bring innovative technologies to market, with the Western Innovation Initiative. Small- and medium-sized enterprises can apply to Western Economic Diversification Canada for funding for a variety of tasks that are essential in taking a product from the R&D stage to the market. Deadline for submission is December 8, 2013. more>>
Raytheon wins USN radar contract

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $406 million U.S. Navy multi-year contract to provide AN/SPY-1 radar transmitters and MK99 Fire Control Systems for the AEGIS program. Both critical components of the weapon system, the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK99 perform the search, track and missile guidance functions for AEGIS, the shield of the U.S. Navy Fleet. more>>
Thales Canada names President and CEO
Thales Canada has announced the appointment of Mark Halinaty as President and CEO, taking over from Paul Kahn who is taking another position with Thales in its UK operations. Mr. Halinaty previously held various roles within the company including Vice-president & Managing Director Defence & Security in Ottawa.
Maersk selects new CEO
J. Russell Bruner the next President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited. Mr. Bruner will succeed John F. Reinhart, who will step down on January 31, 2014 to become the CEO and Executive Director of the Port of Virginia. Mr. Bruner joined Maersk in 1989 and has held various leadership positions at Maersk, Inc and Maersk Group.
Airbus C295 in firefighting role

Airbus Military has begun trials of water bombing with a specially modified C295 aircraft at a site near Cordoba, Spain. The flights went well and further tests are planned in the near future to make a more detailed analysis of the C295 as a firefighter aircraft. more>>
Boeing Delivers 5th Canadian Chinook

Boeing has delivered the Royal Canadian Air Force's fifth CH-147F Chinook helicopter one month ahead of schedule and only three months after the arrival of the first in June. Boeing is scheduled to deliver two more CH-147Fs this year and another eight by June 2014 to provide Canada with its full complement of 15 rotorcraft. more>>
Airbus delivers first A400M to French Air Force

Airbus Military delivered the first production A400M new generation airlifter to the French Air Force at a ceremony at the Airbus Military Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Seville, Spain on 30 September. The aircraft, the first of 50 ordered by France and of a total of 174 on order, will be based at Orleans – Bricy Air Base and initially used for training before being deployed on military and humanitarian missions. more>>
Oshkosh unmanned technology at DSEI

Oshkosh Defense will be showcasing its TerraMax™ UGV technology at the Company’s booth throughout DSEI, Sept. 10-13 in London, and will present “TerraMax UGV: Enabling Advanced Autonomy for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles” at the DSEI Unmanned Theatre, which will feature the latest capabilities and innovations in the unmanned technologies domain. The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is engineered as a scalable appliqué kit that enables vehicles to carry out planned missions in a supervised autonomous mode or by “shadowing” a lead vehicle. more>>
Airbus A400M for Turkish Air Force

The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the Turkish Air Force (TAF) has been painted and flown for the first time in its new markings. The aircraft is the first of ten ordered by Turkey and will be delivered in the coming weeks. more>>

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation reconfirmed its support for Canadian tactical vehicle modernization programmes by announcing its intent to respond to the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) Standard Military Pattern (SMP) request for proposal. Oshkosh Defense will propose a solution that leverages the company’s mission-proven vehicle platforms, advanced automotive and safety technologies and life-cycle sustainment solutions to offer the overall best value to the Canadian Government. more>>
Raytheon enhances Super Hornet capability

Raytheon Company has received an $80.5 million production contract award from the U.S. Navy to procure Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1's. The contract was awarded in Raytheon's second quarter of 2013. The Joint Standoff Weapon JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. JSOW C-1 will provide an advanced anti-surface warfare solution on the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. more>>
Rheinmetall protection for German army

The German army is buying Rheinmetall's Rapid Obscurant System Land (ROSY_L) for protecting ground vehicles, the first customer to do so. Rheinmetall will supply smoke launchers and installation kits for 500 vehicles and weapon stations. The initial order also includes 50,000 rounds of associated 40mm multispectral smoke ammunition. more>>
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