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ISIL has become a “full-blown army”
(July 25) The U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran, Brett McGurk, told a Congressional panel Wednesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is “no longer a terrorist group” and has morphed into “a full-blown army.” McGurk told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “our combined focus must be on isolating ISIL from the broader population and empowering tribes and other local actors to effectively combat it.” more>>
Equipment movement points to Russian role in plane shoot-down
(July 25) NATO’S top military commander, U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove, repeated U.S. government claims Wednesday that evidence has linked Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a week ago. He said that military equipment had been moved from western Russia to the Rostov area, “where it was used to train [separatists] and then moved into eastern Ukraine and then again see it departing also eastern Ukraine afterwards.” more>>
Canadian public concerned not enough being done for veterans
(July 24) Proper care of Canada’s veterans is one of the issues of significant concern for Canadians, according to public research done by the federal finance department. The Harper government has faced a barrage of veterans’ criticisms over the last year, especially related to military suicides, but says it has improved benefits and care. more>>
2 Ukraine fighter jets shot down over pro-Russian territory
(July 24) The shooting down of two Ukrainian warplanes over a rebel-controlled eastern part of Ukraine on Wednesday prompted the country’s Security Council said the missiles were launched from Russia. “They were shot down very professionally. The terrorists do not have such professionals,” said Andriy Lysenko, the council’s spokesman. more>>
HMCS Toronto departing to replace Regina
Minister Nicholson will announce the immediate deployment of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto to join NATO Reassurance measures in the Mediterranean. HMCS Toronto will be replacing HMCS Regina, which has been part of Standing NATO Maritime Forces since May 2014. Departure ceremony at 10:00am July 24, CFB Halifax Dockyard.
RCAF’s C-130J training improved
(July 23) The federal government has amended its C-130J Hercules training contract with CAE Inc. The Montreal-based maker of simulators will deliver training enhancements, including training simulators and courseware to CFB Trenton in Ontario. more>>
Gaza toll exceeds 600 dead; Hamas no longer amateur fighters
(July 23) Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, which it says is necessary to destroy tunnels used by Palestinian militants and stop rocket fire into the Jewish state, entered its fifth day Tuesday, with casualties mounting on both sides. Hamas fighters seem to be better trained and have been fighting more like Iran-assisted Hezbollah in Lebanon. more>>
Ukrainian PM calls on West for weapons after airliner downed
(July 22) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 on Thursday. “We need precise weapons, we need new weapons,” he told a German newspaper. “We cannot cope with this situation alone... this is not just a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. After the aircraft was shot down on Thursday, it has become an international conflict.” more>>
Eyes on Ukraine, Poland presses for more support from NATO
(July 21) After the shoot-down Thursday of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine, Poland wants its NATO allies to create more detailed contingency plans. However, the Polish are “not going to get what they want,” said Judy Dempsey, an analyst at Carnegie Europe. “And the reason is that Britain and France and Germany are not actually willing to re-deploy troops, American troops (stationed in Europe) or NATO equipment and barracks and infrastructure eastward.” more>>
U.S. lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown
(July 21) The continuing Afghan presidential election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have U.S. lawmakers and regional allies calling on President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, which has been mired in sectarian violence for years, and the drawdown of soldiers will proceed as planned. more>>
Remember the sacrifices of the first World War
On the evening of July 31, the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Canadian Armed Forces will hold a special public ceremony marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. Featuring reflections, a military Honour Guard, vocal performances by Ruth Ann Onley and Jean Miso with the Canadian Children\'s Opera Chorus, and performances by the massed band of the Canadian Armed Forces, this ceremony will commemorate sacrifices of Canadian men and women in World War I. Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management the event takes place 7:30-9pm at Varsity Stadium, Bloor St, Toronto. Visit website for free tickets. more>>
Norway participating in RIMPAC for the first time
It can be easily understood why India and China have chosen to participating in this year's RIMPAC exercises, but why Norway? How do they fit into any Pacific strategy or modernization effort? The Vikings are looking seaward for new ports of call to project and protect their interests. more>>
Romania decorates four Canadian Air Task Force members
(July 19) The Chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff, Major General Laurian Anastasof, today awarded the RoAF Emblem of Honour to four members of the Canadian Air Task Force presently deployed in Campia Turzii, Romania. The recipients of the decoration were: LCol David Pletz, Commander ATF Romania; LCol Luc Girouard, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff; CWO Alain Roy, ATF Romania CWO; and Capt Jean-François Lambert, Public Affairs Officer.
Canada’s military should no longer be gender-blind
(July 19) Stéfanie von Hlatky, director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Board Chair of Women in International Security – Canada, explains in this Ottawa Citizen article why “it’s time to further encourage women’s participation by making enhanced military effectiveness the focal point rather than simply advocating in favour of gender equality for gender equality’s sake.” more>>
Celebrating 100 year anniversary of PPCLI
The PPCLI Foundation is extending an open invitation to attend the August 15th gala dinner commemorating the rich legacy of the PPCLI in Canada. Individual or table tickets available until July 31. For more information, contact or call 403-410-2340 x 2684. more>>
Malaysia Airlines B777 reportedly shot down over eastern Ukraine
(July 18) At least one Canadian was among the 298 people on board a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that American officials say was shot down Thursday by a surface-to-air missile near the Ukrainian-Russian border. The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the downing and is mulling a draft statement calling for “a full, thorough and independent international investigation.” more>>
Israeli military launches ground offensive in Gaza
(July 18) Israeli forces launched a ground operation Thursday into the Gaza Strip after hours of heavy rocket fire into southern and central Israel by Palestinian militants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's military to destroy tunnels linked to the Gaza Strip that have reportedly been used by the militants. more>>
More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east
(July 17) Pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian government forces clashed near the eastern border with Russia Wednesday, while a tentative step towards a ceasefire in the intensifying three-month conflict failed. Ukraine’s military said 11 more troops were killed yesterday, mostly in clashes near the frontier. more>>
Middle East situation possibly ’more dangerous’ than ever: McCain
(July 17) According to U.S. Senator John McCain, the situation in the Gaza Strip, Syria, Iraq, and Libya as well as spill-over effects in neighboring countries in each case have combined to make “conditions in the Middle East...more dangerous than any time in the past.” This CNN news piece explains the situation in the region. more>>
89 killed in worst Afghanistan bombing since 2001
(July 16) A suicide bomber detonated the explosives in the car he drove early Tuesday by a crowded market in the Urgun district of Aghanistan, killing 89 people and injuring at least 40 more. The blast brutally underscored the country’s instability as American troops prepare to leave by the end of the year and politicians in Kabul struggle for power after a disputed presidential runoff. more>>
Border tensions rise between Ukraine and Russia
(July 16) Ukraine and Russia traded bitter accusations Tuesday about cross-border hostilities, deepening a shadowy war of sabotage and other types of attacks that threaten to draw the two countries into direct armed conflict. On the same day, Ukrainian military officials said they suspected Russia of carrying out an airstrike that destroyed an apartment building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne, about 12 miles from border, killing at least 11 civilians. more>>
VAdm Norman orders HMCS Whitehorse back to Canada
(July 15) Vice-Admiral Norman, the no-nonsense Commander of the Navy, has ordered HMCS Whitehorse home early from its RIMPAC participation after hearing of 3 incidences of "personal misconduct ashore" while docked in San Diego. Norman will be appointing a senior officer to conduct a review of "policies and procedures that under-pin the hands-on leadership of our personnel," with findings due in September. Read more>>
Ukraine says plane shot down by rocket from Russia
(July 15) A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the country\'s eastern border with Russia, but all eight occupants managed to bail out safely. Separatist rebels claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26, but Ukrainian officials ruled that out and blamed Russia instead. more>>
U.S. military teams finish assessment of Iraqi forces
(July 15) American military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces and provided the Pentagon’s leadership with bleak conclusions. The assessment warned that any U.S. troops serving as advisers would face safety risks due to infiltration of the Iraqi army by Sunni extremists and Iran-backed Shiite troops or militia. more>>
3 RCR to relieve 3 PPCLI training in Europe
(July 14) Approximately 120 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), will depart from CFB Trenton this afternoon, headed for eastern and central Europe to conduct training with US and NATO allies. The 3 RCR contingent, part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group of Petawawa, will relieve soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from Edmonton, Alberta who are currently supporting NATO immediate assurance measures.
PWGSC opens Cdn Pavillion at Farnborough
(July 14) The Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, opened the Canadian Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show this morning, signaling the official launch of the Canadian delegation's week at the world's premier international air show. This year, participants include: 122 Canadian aerospace companies, 11 associations, 13 federal departments, 6 provincial governments, and 3 Members of Parliament.
Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after shelling
(July 14) Moscow accused Ukraine on Sunday of firing a shell across the border and killing a Russian civilian, and warned of “irreversible consequences” in the escalating conflict. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials said that about 100 military vehicles driven by “mercenaries” had attempted to cross the border from Russia early Sunday. Some of the vehicles were destroyed by Ukraine’s military. more>>
Israel sends troops into Gaza to destroy rocket launcher
(July 14) Israel deployed troops inside the Gaza Strip on Sunday to destroy a rocket launcher operated by Hamas as thousands of people fled southward from the northern part of the territory. Neither Israel nor Palestinian militants are showing any sign of agreeing to a ceasefire to end their week-long conflict. more>>
Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite: U.N.
(July 13) Iraqi soldiers assisted by Shi’ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday as a United Nations envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, warned of chaos if bickering lawmakers did not make progress towards naming a government. Iraqi legislators are under pressure from the United States, the U.N. and Iraq’s Shi’ite clerics to form a new government swiftly to deal with the Sunni insurgency. more>>
Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse talks about budget cuts in the military
(July 12) The Ottawa Citizen recently interviewed Lt.-Gen. Marquis Hainse, commander of the Canadian Army. He explained the effects on the service of the Harper government’s funding cuts. The impacts include not training reservists because “we’re not in an operational tempo that we were three years ago” and parking “aging” Army vehicles. more>>
Paralympic Committee wins prestigious award
(July 11) The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) won the 2014 Most Valuable Amateur Sport Property award at the Canadian Sponsorship Forum earlier today. This is the first time the CPC has won the prestigious award created in 2012 by Ipsos Reid and TrojanOne - and marks the rapidly growing awareness and value of the Paralympic brand in Canada. Visit more>>
Nuclear material seized by Iraqi rebels
(July 11) The Iraqi government has notified the United Nations that Sunni militants took low-grade nuclear material from a university in Mosul last month as they advanced toward Baghdad. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement that its experts believe the material was uranium and “would not present a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk.” more>>
UK defence secretary rejects call to rebuild NATO force
(July 11) British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has rejected the call of Gen. Richard Shirreff, the former top British commander at NATO, for the military alliance to establish a permanent presence in the Baltic region to deter Russia from mounting an attack. “It is not the government’s view and it is not NATO’s view,” Hammond recently said. “He can speak for himself but he does not speak for the department.” more>>
Obama, Rasmussen meet to discuss NATO problems
(July 10) NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has met with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss problems facing the alliance in eastern Europe because of Russia as well as Afghanistan. In the latter, both Afghan presidential candidates have claimed victory, an unwelcome development that has clouded NATO’s future in the country. more>>
UN’s Ban: Middle East ’cannot afford another full-blown war’
(July 10) With Israel launching airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip and Hamas firing rockets into the Jewish state, on Wednesday United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the latest surge of violence one of the most critical tests the Middle East has faced in years. “The risk of violence expanding further still is real. Gaza, and the region as a whole, cannot afford another full-blown war,” he said. more>>
Taliban suicide bomber kills NATO troops, civilians
(July 9) A Taliban suicide bomber killed 16 people, including four NATO soldiers and 10 civilians, Tuesday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. The bombing happened as Afghanistan has been mired in political crisis, with a bitter row raging over allegations of fraud in the presidential runoff election. more>>
GOP senator, House democrat warn U.S. has no plan for Iraq
(July 9) U.S. Senator John McCain and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa are warning that the Obama administration has no plan to respond to the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. McCain told reporters that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey “could not articulate a strategy to counter what our intelligence estimates [say] is a direct threat to the United States of America.” more>>
New Commander for CF Intelligence Command
(July 8) Major-General Paul Wynnyk has now assumed the role of Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) and Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) from Major-General Christian Rousseau. The change of command ceremony was held July 7 at the Cartier Drill Hall and was attended by Richard B. Fadden, Deputy Minister of National Defence, and presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.
Leaders to push readiness action plan at NATO summit
(July 8) During the NATO summit this September, the alliance’s leadership will push the organization’s members to adopt a plan designed to improve the speed at which they respond to security crises. “We are looking closely at how we deploy our forces for defense and deterrence,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently said during a speech at the Atlantic Council think-tank. more>>
EUCOM chief: time to stop the drawdown in Europe
(July 8) U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and chief of the U.S. European Command, says he will probably need more troops to counter the renewed military threat from Russia that is roiling the far eastern region of Europe. “We may need to add additional rotational forces to cover the sustained and persistent presence that we are now envisioning,” Breedlove recently told reporters during a visit to Washington. more>>
Taliban attack trucks laden with fuel for NATO, Karzai’s helicopter
(July 7) Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 200 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside Kabul. Two days earlier, militants in Afghanistan fired rockets into the military side of the Kabul International Airport, striking President Hamid Karzai’s helicopter as it sat on the tarmac. more>>
Queen smashes whiskey, names UK’s new aircraft carrier
(July 7) Queen Elizabeth II smashed a bottle of whiskey against Britain’s new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland on Friday and gave the £6.2B ($10.6B) warship her name. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said “this ship, the biggest the Royal Navy has ever had, is a demonstration of the UK at its very best.” more>>
Canadian military to help with sandbagging in flood-stricken Man.
(July 5) Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said Friday that Canadian soldiers will help Manitoba residents just as they did three years ago when they filled and placed tens of thousands of sandbags in flood-threatened areas of the province. Members of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based out of CFB Shilo, have been recalled to help with sandbagging efforts in Portage La Prairie, and the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry has been put on standby. more>>
With two Challengers grounded, RCAF scrambles to fill evac. role
(July 4) With two of Canada’s CC-144 Challenger jets grounded and the fate of an additional pair of the airplanes uncertain, the Royal Canadian Air Force is scrambling to figure out how to fill the fleet’s role as emergency life-savers. NDP defence critic Jack Harris questioned whether taxpayers would see the promised savings by mothballing the aircraft. more>>
Gen. Dempsey: Iraqi military can’t regain lost territory on its own
(July 4) U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday that the United States may need to expand its military support mission in Iraq because the Iraqi military is likely incapable of regaining control of areas captured by Islamic extremists. Two hundred American military advisers in Iraq have assessed the situation and told their superiors that Iraqi troops “would be challenged to go on the offense, mostly logistically challenged.” more>>
Health issues higher in the Armed Forces
FRONTLINE – Life After Service, a report published today by Statistics Canada, shows that Regular and Reserve Canadian Armed Forces vets tend to have higher prevalence of health issues than the general population. It uses data from two 2013 studies and is seen by Veterans Affairs Canada as a precursor to more study to “deepen understanding” of the issues facing its clients. A 9-page executive summary is available on the Veterans Affairs web site ( more>>
Final Chinook arrives in Petawawa
(July 3) The Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, today welcomed the final of 15 CH-147F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces’ at Garrison Petawawa. The advanced, multi-mission, medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter can be used to transport equipment and personnel during operations at home and abroad, and can also respond to emergencies such as fire, floods, and earthquakes.
Exhibition: Living in Transition
Washington – Gallery 31 will open The Gray Area: Living in Transition from July 2-20. This collection of photography, film, painting, and animation produced by veterans or current members of the reserve, offers a visual study of the boundaries between military and civilian life. After experiencing a regimented life of restrictions and expectations while in service, soldiers find the edges between war and home can blur – what was once black or white begins to fade into gray. Admission to the exhibit is free and open during regular museum hours. more>>
Foreign ministers agree on steps toward Ukraine ceasefire
(July 3) Foreign ministers from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a series of steps to resume the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine where fighting between pro-Russia and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 400 people. Moscow is supporting a proposal to give Ukrainian border guards and representatives from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe access to Russian territory to take part in controlling two border crossings once the ceasefire is in place. more>>
Iranian attack jets deployed to help Iraq fight ISIS
(July 3) Iran has supplied Iraq with combat aircraft - Sukhoi Su-25 ’Frogfoot’ warplanes - to help the Maliki regime fight Sunni rebels led by the Islamist group ISIS. The United States has deployed drones and helicopters to Iraq and is actively gathering intelligence on the advance by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS. more>>
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Vector Aerospace Africa

Johannesburg – Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation MRO services, has announced that its engine repair and overhaul facility, located in Lanseria, South Africa, has been appointed a Designated Overhaul Facility for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 aircraft engine. more>>
Denmark to choose new fighter
Airbus Defence and Space has submitted its bid in response to the Danish Ministry of Defence´s tender for the replacement of Denmark´s fleet of F-16 fighters.
STX Canada joins Vard Marine
(July 4) Vard Holdings Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialized vessels, has acquired STX Canada Marine Inc, a leading marine engineering and design company with more than 30 years history in North America. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with branch offices in Ottawa and Houston, the new acquisition operate under the Vard Marine name. President Dave McMillan will stay on, allowing the new organization to combine the best practices of Norwegian and North American marine engineering and design. more>>
Irving hires Aboriginal tradesmen
Irving Shipbuilding officially welcomed four Mi’kmaq tradesmen to its Halifax Shipyard as part of the contract awarded to Flynn Canada Ltd. for siding, cladding and roofing of its new shipbuilding facilities now underway. This marks an important step in collaboration with Aboriginal communities to identify needs, build skills and capacity, and match those skills to the needs of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and spin-off opportunities on other projects.
CAE recent global contract wins
CAE has won a series of global contracts valued at approximately C$110M to provide a range of training systems and services. Contracts include: T-6C ground-based training system and services for New Zealand AF; upgrading visual systems on the German AF Eurofighter simulators; provide visual system for T-50IQ full-mission simulator to Korea Aerospace Industries; and provide a KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainer for an undisclosed international customer.
Airbus highlights cooperation with Poland
During Balt Military Expo 2014, Airbus Helicopters will unveil a new cooperation with three Polish Universities: Lodz University of Technology, Gdańsk University of Technology and Kazimierz Pułaski University of Technology and Humanities of Radom. At the Natcon Conference held during this exhibition, Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive VP Engineering, will speak about Future vertical lift solutions in defense and homeland security based on the X³ experience.

Built-in-Brazil Airbus EC275 delivered
The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with Brazil to supply mission-ready multi-role Army, Navy, and Air Force rotorcraft, and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. Brazil’s armed forces have received a total of 12 EC725s to date, with the previous 11 produced either in France or partially assembled at Helibras’ Itajubá facility.
DCNS Technologies Canada lead design team
Headquartered in Ottawa, DCNS Technologies Canada Inc. represents the first step towards creation of a Naval Systems Integration Center to establish a long-term strategic partnership with Canada, as announced by DCNS CEO Patrick Boissier. DCNS Technologies Canada will lead the design of the Canadian version of the FREMM frigate, a contender for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme. more>>
MBDA missiles at Eurosatory 2014
MBDA is showcasing the latest addition to its range of land combat missiles, the MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), at Eurosatory 2014. France recently contracted with MBDA for the production of 2,850 missiles and 400 MMP firing posts. Initially intended for dismounted troops, MMP will replace the Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles in service with the French Army and special forces.
CSeries engine runs restarted
Bombardier has restarted engine-ground runs on the CSeries aircraft’s flight test vehicles in Mirabel, Québec. There are currently four CSeries FTVs in the flight test program, which together have accumulated a total of about 330 flight test hours.
Canada / Australia sign industry agreement
CADSI (Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries) and AIDN (Australian Industry & Defence Network) signed an agreement to promote cooperation between the two industry associations in support of mutual objectives.
Ecuador orders Airbus C295
Ecuador has ordered three C295 medium transport aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space. The contract also includes a Full In Service Support package for the operation and maintenance of the fleet. The first aircraft was delivered on 6 June at the Airbus plant in Seville, and the remaining two will be handed over later this year. The aircraft will be used for military and humanitarian missions as well as support to populations in remote areas or in emergency situations.

Fulcrum acquires Weatherhaven
Weatherhaven Global Resources Ltd (redeployable shelter systems) has finalized paperwork to be acquired by Fulcrum Capital Partners Inc. The founding shareholders will assume an advisory role while the current senior management team, led by CEO Ray Castelli, has reinvested and will continue to lead the company through this next phase of growth. While more than a dozen competitive bids were received from around the world, Weatherhaven chose Fulcrum Capital due to its Canadian heritage and proven track record of growing small and medium-sized companies.
Oshkosh supports True Patriot Love
Based on a pledge of support for the True Patriot Love Foundation to help support the well-being and morale of Canadian military personnel and their families. Retired two-star, Maj. Gen. John Urias, president of Oshkosh Defense, presented a $25,000 donation in a formal ceremony during CANSEC 2014.
Airbus and PAL join for FWSAR bid
(May) Airbus Defence and Space and Provincial Aerospace (PAL) announced today they have signed an MOU to bid for Canada’s fixed-wing search and rescue project. PAL, a fully integrated international aerospace and defence company headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will provide in-service support and other expertise for the fleet of C295 aircraft being offered by Airbus Defence and Space to replace Canada’s aging CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 aircraft currently being used for search and rescue duties.
BAE teams with Rheinmetall for MTV
BAE teams with Rheinmetall Canada to offer its BvS10 go-anywhere vehicle to Canada. The Marginal Terrain Vehicles program is looking to buy 17 vehicles with options for up to five additional in variants including armored personnel carrier, ambulance, logistics and command post. The RFP is expected later this year, with contract award anticipated in early 2015.

Sea Ceptor chosen by New Zealand Navy
The New Zealand Ministry of Defence signed a contract with MBDA for the provision of Sea Ceptor for the Local Area Air Defence element of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project.
CMC to provide FMS for C-27J
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi has selected Esterline CMC Electronics to provide the flight management system for its worldwide C-27J Spartan fleet and for Team Spartan’s offering for the upcoming FWSAR (Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue) Replacement Program. CMC was also recently selected to supply its TacView Portable Mission Display and SureSight Enhanced Vision System sensor for Team Spartan in Canada.
Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade teaming
General Dynamics Canada, Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems, and Raytheon Canada Limited have announced a teaming agreement in pursuit of Canada’s Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade project. The team offers proven, ready-for-delivery capabilities that would bring substantially increased ASW capability to the 12 Halifax Class Patrol Frigates. An RFP is anticipated in 2015. more>>
Airbus Helicopters donates trainer
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is extremely pleased to receive the donation of an AS350 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada. The AS350 will be used to help train the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond, British Columbia.
US Marines continue to innovate
The U.S. Marines have been experimenting over the past few months with ways to shape new ways to connect the GCE within an insertion mission. The approach has been to deploy the Ground Combat Element (GCE) over a tiltrotar-enabled distance and to insert the force with situational awareness, which can enhance mission success. more>>
Turkey signs for two F-35 Lightning
(May 6) Moments ago, the Turkish government committed to procuring their first two F-35As. Turkey, which joined as a consortium partner since the Concept Demonstration Phase in 1999, eventually plans to acquire 100 F-35A aircraft as declared previously.
Oshkosh unveils new mine-resistant vehicles
Oshkosh Defenseis introducing new Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle variants at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition in Amman, Jordan. The M-ATV Extended delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of mission profiles, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control.
Boeing chooses L-3 Display Systems
Georgia-based L-3 Display Systems has been awarded a contract from The Boeing Company to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The 6.25″ x 6.25″ display is a form, fit, function display that is backward- and forward-compatible with the current MPDs used on the aircraft. The latest L-3 design minimizes life-cycle cost, enhances resolution (1024 x 1024) to increase situational awareness with better performance.
Lockheed Martin wins ANZAC frigate deal

Lockheed Martin Canada has announced the signing of a contract with the Government of New Zealand for the upgrade of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s two ANZAC Class frigates. The contract award represents Lockheed Martin Canada’s first export sale of its Combat Management System (CMS), which was designed as a modern, affordable solution for the international market. more>>
BAE Systems names Anne Healey GM BD
BAE Systems has appointed Anne Healey as General Manager, Group Business Development – Canada. Ms Healey takes up her new role from mid-May. Prior to joining BAE Systems, she was National Business Development Director for the Aerospace and Defence sector at Calian. Ms Healey currently sits on the Defence Industrial Advisory Committee (DIAC) providing sector feedback to the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) at the Department of National Defence and she is the Past-President of Women in Defence and Security, a national non-profit affiliate of the Canadian Defence and Security Industries Association. more>>
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.
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