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ISIS fight: Harper briefs Conservative caucus on options
(Oct. 1) Prime Minister Stephen Harper is outlining to the Conservative caucus the factors he has been considering before deciding what role Canada will play in the fight against ISIS. Harper told Parliament on Tuesday that an expanded Canadian military operation against the Islamic militant group, which controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria, might include air strikes. more>>
NATO shortfalls aren’t just Germany’s problem
(Oct. 1) Last weekend, Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, told the German weekly news magazine Der Speigel that only one-third of her country’s military aircraft were airworthy due to a lack of spare parts and maintenance. In June, Der Speigel reported on an internal NATO report that highlighted shortfalls in almost all military stocks, including guided missiles, refueling jets, electronic jamming devices, and special forces equipment. more>>
New play honours female aviators
Spitfire Dance, a lively new dramatic musical entertainment in two acts, will première at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, on October 23rd. Written and directed by Canadian playwright Clint Ward, Spitfire Dance tells the largely untold history of courageous and fascinating women who dared fly the skies in an era when the important flying was considered to have been done only by men. Call for tickets 1-800-555-5621. more>>
U.S. to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan
(Sept. 30) The governments of the United States and Afghanistan have agreed to allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the central Asian country past this year. Officials from both countries agreed on accord terms more than a year ago, but former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai refused to sign it due to U.S. airstrikes that killed Afghan civilians and Washington’s overtures to the Taliban. more>>
Probe of 2011 Cdn. military chopper crash in Afghanistan continues
(Sept. 30) More than three years after the crash of a Canadian Forces CH-47D helicopter in Afghanistan, investigators say they are nearing the end of their probe into what went wrong but still can’t say when they will reveal the results. The incident occurred as the pilot attempted to land the helicopter by moonlight in a dusty area. more>>
Canada to seek NATO, U.S. help for naval air defense, resupply
(Sept. 29) The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will turn to its American and NATO counterparts to fill significant gaps in resupply and naval air defence capabilities. The RCN has decided to decommission its two resupply vessels and two of its three area air defense warships. more>>
New NATO chief brings Russia ties to job
(Sept. 29) Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potentially key asset as tensions with Moscow persist. The former Norwegian prime minister — the first NATO secretary general from a country bordering Russia — is known for his good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. more>>
Canada mulls deploying CF-18 warplanes to join U.S.-led strikes
(Sept. 27) The federal cabinet will meet next week to discuss deploying Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets to join a U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. U.S. President Barack Obama approached Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month about involving Canada in air strikes against the militant Islamic group. more>>
Some Canadian military officers still in Afghanistan
(Sept. 26) Seven Canadian Armed Forces officers have been working in Afghanistan 38 months after Canada’s military ended its combat mission in Kandahar and five months after the military’s training mission in the country ended. The group is led by Brig.-Gen. Simon Hetherington, who will have spent more time in-country than any other senior Canadian officer after he returns to Canada later this year. more>>
Russia considers NATO an adversary: Rasmussen
(Sept. 26) Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who will soon retire, said in a recent interview with USA TODAY that Russia regards the military alliance not as a partner, but as an enemy. He also said that belligerent Russian behavior, including the annexation of Crimea earlier this year, has been his biggest disappointment since taking over the senior leadership position in 2009. more>>
Harper considers U.S. request for further military help in ISIS fight
(Sept. 25) Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday that Canada is considering a request from the U.S. government for an additional military contribution in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. “I haven’t ruled out — we haven’t ruled out anything,” said Harper. “We need to have some additional debate within our government before we reach a final decision, but we\'re wanting to see this be successful.” more>>
US, coalition forces hit IS oil refineries in Syria
(Sept. 25) Warplanes from the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates attacked Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday, including 12 “modular oil refineries.” The 13 airstrikes involved fighter aircraft and drones, according to U.S. Central Command. more>>
Canadian military marksmen take top prize at competition
(Sept. 24) Eighty Canadian soldiers and Rangers, plus soldiers from Britain, the Netherlands, and the U.S. recently competed for the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Champion Shot. The award was jointly won by Cpl. Johnathan Palmer, a reservist from the Fifth Canadian Division, and Cpl. Jean Christoph Boivin-Couillard, a regular forces member from the Second Canadian Division. more>>
NATO: Russia has withdrawn many troops from Ukraine
(Sept. 24) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Tuesday that Russia had withdrawn a sizable number of troops from eastern Ukraine. This month, Kiev and Moscow have accused each other of being behind a cease-fire violation between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed rebels. more>>
DND signs space data pact with U.S., U.K. and Australian militaries
(Sept. 23) Canada’s Department of National Defence will share space-related resources and information with the militaries of the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. “The partnership announced today will help the Canadian Armed Forces to continue improving its use of space capabilities and protecting our critical space assets,” said Lt.-Gen. Guy Thibault, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, in a statement. more>>
NATO eyeing ’very fast’ security deal with Afghanistan
(Sept. 23) NATO’s top military commander, U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove, said Saturday that the military alliance was considering the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan now that a unity government is formed there. “We are hoping for very fast signatures. And that would be important because it brings great stability to the conversation of our continued support,” U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove told reporters. more>>
Cdn soldiers depart for Eastern Europe
(Sept 22) Approximately 100 Canadian soldiers from 3 RCR departed Trenton today as part of military activities undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces to support NATO Reassurance measures in the wake of the Putin regime’s aggression. The contingent will relieve soldiers who are currently participating in Operation Reassurance and returning to Canada on September 24.
RCAF gets new Uniforms
(Sept 22) Canada's military has to cut back everywhere else, but can waste money and renaming itself (adding 'Armed' to CF, adding 'Royal' to the Navy and Air Force)... and redoing all promotional material both printed and digital. The Navy gets new insignia and, not to be outdone, the Air Force now wastes money redesigning its uniforms (insignia will now be pearl grey rather than gold) and changing the rank of 'Private' to 'Aviator' (does this infer that an Aviator is part of the flight crew?). Can the government stop wasting our money and put it towards something we NEED? Treasury Board, did you really approve all this?
Cdn. soldiers may be hiding health problems to protect pensions
(Sept. 22) Since 2009, about 1,100 of the 6,200 soldiers discharged from Canada’s military due to health reasons had not been in the service long enough to collect a full pension. Glen Kirkland, a former corporal and designated marksman who served in Afghanistan, said that many soldiers continue to suffer from physical and mental injury in silence for fear of losing their source of income, and that the consequences of the Canadian Armed Forces’ pension policy could be dire. more>>
NATO reviews ties with Russia as new truce reached in Ukraine
(Sept. 22) NATO’s top military commanders met in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached during the weekend in Belarus. General Knud Bartels, who chairs NATO’s Military Committee, said defense chiefs from the 28 nation alliance are set to review “future relationship with Russia and NATO’s military posture.” more>>
Canada Army Run Draws 25,000
(Sept 21) More than 25,000 Canadians and members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ran, walked, and rolled today in the seventh annual Canada Army Run -presented by BMO- widely acknowledged as the fastest growing run in the country. Tens of thousands lined the streets to cheer on those running, walking, and rolling. So far, the total stands at $350,000.00 for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund, and donations continue to be received.
Ukraine ceasefire in name only: NATO commander
(Sept. 21) U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s most senior commander, said this week that “the situation in Ukraine is not good right now... We have a ceasefire in name only.” Since April, more than 3,000 people have died in fighting in two eastern regions of Ukraine. more>>
Navy to retire AORs and Destroyers
(Sept 19) As the Royal Canadian Navy undergoes its most extensive peacetime modernization in history, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, announced the upcoming retirement of four ships that have reached the end of their operational lives: replenishment ships HMCS Protecteur and Preserver; and the two warships, Iroquois and Algonquin. The retirement of these vessels has been anticipated for some time due to damage and age.
CADSI Board appoints new President
(Sept 19) The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) Board has announced the appointment of Christyn Cianfarani as the new President of the Association following the recent departure of Tim Page, who held the position for 9 years. Ms. Cianfarani joins CADSI effective September 22, 2014 after 17 years at CAE, where most recently she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Government Relations. She has also held position in a wide range of portfolios, including Director of Government Programs, R&D, and IP. Before joining CAE, she served in the RCN as a MARS Officer.
The First World War - Global War (part 3 of 10)
The extraordinary story of how, in 1914, Germany tried to open the war around the world, and how Britain desperately tried to close it down. In Africa, the seeds of African self-determination were sown. more>>
Russian troops could be in five NATO capitals in two days: Putin
(Sept. 19) Shockwaves reverberated through Eastern Europe Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly boasted that the military forces of his country could invade five NATO capitals inside two days. “If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too,” Putin said, according to Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko. more>>
NDP refuses to back deployment of Canadian troops to Iraq
(Sept. 19) The federal New Democratic Party is refusing to back the Harper government’s decision to send Canadian special forces soldiers into northern Iraq. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says it’s the only responsible position to take, given the Conservatives’ refusal to provide details of the deployment or to allow parliamentarians to vote on the matter. more>>
CAF Promotions
CDS General Tom Lawson has announced additions to the 2014 list of senior Canadian Armed Forces appointments, promotions and retirements: · MGen D.B. Millar was promoted to the rank of LGen and will remain as Chief of Military Personnel at NDHQ in Ottawa. · Col S.M. Cadden was promoted to the rank of BGen and appointed Director General Land Capability Development / COS Land Strategy, at NDHQ, replacing BGen C.C. Thurrott, who is retiring from service. · Capt(N) J.P.G.M. Charron was promoted to the rank of Cmdre and appointed Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, at NDHQ, replacing Cmdre L. Bisson who is retiring from service. · Col L.A.B. De Sousa was promoted to the rank of BGen and appointed Deputy Commander 2nd Canadian Division, in Montréal, replacing BGen P.E.R.S. Hebert who is retiring from service. · Col D.A. Patterson will be promoted to the rank of BGen and appointed Deputy Commander 4th Canadian Division, in Toronto, replacing BGen J.C. Chapman who is retiring from service. · BGen N.E. Russell was appointed Strategic J4 for the CAF, at NDHQ. · BGen S. Friday was appointed Director General Air Readiness, at NDHQ, replacing BGen N.E. Russell. · Col P.F.C. Garbutt was promoted to the rank of BGen and appointed Director General Air Force Development, at NDHQ, replacing BGen S.J. Kummel whose retirement was previously announced.
Canadian military suicides outnumbered deaths in Afghanistan
(Sept. 18) During the dozen or so years that Canadians fought in Afghanistan, 158 Armed Forces members were killed, while 178 Canadian military personnel took their lives. “I think the problem is much bigger than the numbers show,” said military lawyer and retired Col. Michel Drapeau. “Many suicides occur after the person has left the Armed Forces and those numbers aren\'t included in the totals.” more>>
Former military chiefs warn over Scottish independence
(Sept. 18) Fourteen former armed forces chiefs in the United Kingdom said this week in an “open letter to the people of Scotland” that a vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would “weaken us all.” In the newspaper-published letter, the former chiefs of the navy, army and air force expressed their concern about the possibility of a separate Scottish military if the Yes side wins. more>>
HMCS Regina arrives back home
After 8-month deployment in support of Operations ARTEMIS and REASSURANCE, HMCS Regina arrived at CFB Esquimalt today. Regina departed on 6 January 2014 for the Arabian Sea region in support of Operation ARTEMIS, and was re-tasked on 30 April 2014, to Operation REASSURANCE to join Standing NATO Maritime Forces in the Mediterranean Sea. The deployment contributed to peace and security in Eastern and Central Europe in response the Putin regime’s military aggression and invasion of Ukraine. Regina was relieved by HMCS Toronto on August 5th.
NATO troops killed in Afghanistan
(Sept. 17) Three coalition troops were killed Tuesday near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and a fourth died Monday after an Afghan soldier opened fire on NATO forces. The violence underscores the continued vulnerability of international forces serving in Afghanistan. more>>
U.S. top general: Policy against combat troops in Iraq could change
(Sept. 17) U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told senators on Tuesday that President Barack Obama has ordered him to let the Commander-in-Chief know about the need to use American troops in combat operations in Iraq if circumstances on the ground against the Islamic State warrant it. Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Obama has instructed him to make “other recommendations” — meaning ones that call for U.S. ground combat forces — “on a case-by-case basis.” more>>
U.S. and NATO troops begin Ukraine military exercise
(Sept. 16) About 1,300 troops from 15 countries - including the United States and other NATO members - have begun a military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine. The exercise involves troops from several NATO countries and former Soviet-bloc countries that are part of the alliance’s Partnership for Peace program. more>>
ISIS must be fought ’by any means necessary’: diplomats
(Sept. 16) Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight ISIS militants “by any means necessary” as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. “We are asking for airborne operations to be continued regularly against terrorist sites,” said Iraqi President Fouad Massoum at a recent conference in Paris. “We must not allow them to set up sanctuaries.” more>>
NATO members start arms deliveries to Ukraine
(Sept. 15) NATO countries have started delivering arms to Ukraine to help its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east. Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, says NATO is the “only vehicle” to protect the country from Russia. more>>
Leadership to change at US Army research command
A change of leadership at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will take place at the Aberdeen Proving Ground on Sept 22nd. During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton will assume command of RDECOM from current Director Dale A. Ormond whose next assignment is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Plans and Resources), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Army (Manpower/Reserve Affairs), reporting for duty 5 Oct.
Rick Hansen guest speaker at Army Run
Canada Army Run organizers are proud to announce that Honorary Colonel Rick Hansen will be a special guest speaker at this year's pasta dinner which will be held September 20th in Ottawa. HCol Hansen is also participating in the 5K event September 21st with members of Soldier On. More than $310,000 was raised last year for Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. Registration for the event has reached saturation and is now closed.
Canadian military to school Kurds on ’art and science’ of air strikes
(Sept. 14) About 70 Canadian special forces soldiers deploying to Iraq will teach Kurdish fighters everything from marking targets for air strikes to operating high-tech communications gear. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has committed Canadian Armed Forces personnel to Iraq for 30 days, although it is widely believed that Ottawa will extend the mission. more>>
Russia still has 1,000 troops in Ukraine, 20,000 more along border
(Sept. 12) Russia still has about 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, NATO said Thursday, and 20,000 more troops along the border between the two countries. In addition to the troops, NATO continues to see sophisticated Russian military equipment inside Ukraine. more>>
Putin promises new weapons to fend perceived threats
(Sept. 12) On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country is developing new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the U.S. and NATO. On the same day, Russia’s military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine. more>>
Obama announces ’broad coalition’ to fight Islamic State
(Sept. 11) The U.S. government will lead a “broad coalition” to defeat the Islamic State through air strikes and support for military partners on the ground, President Obama said in a speech on Wednesday night. “Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group. more>>
At least 11 Afghan civilians “killed by NATO airstrike”
(Sept. 11) At least 11 Afghan civilians including women and children have been killed and 16 injured in a NATO airstrike in the eastern province of Kunar. NATO is investigating the air strike, which President Hamid Karzai condemned. more>>
Canadian special forces advisers already in Iraq, minister says
(Sept. 10) On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada would be sending special forces soldiers to Iraq to assist as advisers in the fight against the Islamic State. Three days later, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson revealed that some of the military personnel were already in Iraq. Gen. Tom Lawson, the Chief of the Defence Staff, also told reporters Monday that the military would not be using its Chinook helicopters or drones in the conflict-ridden Middle East country. more>>
Russian warplanes buzzed HMCS Toronto in Black Sea
(Sept. 10) Russian military aircraft - one surveillance plane and two fighter jets - circled above a Canadian ship, HMCS Toronto, in the Black Sea on Sunday. The frigate left Halifax in late July to replace HMCS Regina, which has been a part of the Standing NATO Maritime Forces since May. more>>
New CJOC Commander
(Sep 9) The command of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) officially changed hands at a ceremony held today in Ottawa. Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance assumed command of CJOC from LGen Stuart Beare at a ceremony presided over by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff.
Exercise Maple Arch begins
Fifteen Canadian Army soldiers are participating in Exercise MAPLE ARCH 14, from September 8-18, in Lublin, Poland. This exercise fosters international military relations, interoperability among contributing nations and promotes security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.
The First World War - To Arms (online - part 1 of 10)
This highly-acclaimed, definitive chronicle of World War I begins with an exploration of the tensions between the decaying Austro-Hungarian Empire and its aggressive neighbour, Serbia, and explains how the pattern of the war was set within the first month. more>>
Canadian Armed Forces gets new operations commander
(Sept. 9) Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, a former combat commander, has been chosen to oversee Canadian military operations at home and abroad. He twice led the army’s task force in Kandahar and will be sworn in Tuesday as the head of Canada’s joint operations. more>>
Canadian military getting 20 bomb-sniffing robots
(Sept. 9) National Defence is spending nearly $10 million to acquire 20 high-tech robots meant to detect radioactive dirty bombs as well as chemical and biological weapons. The remotely-controlled vehicles can enter buildings, climb stairs, and generally operate in areas that may be unsafe for soldiers. more>>
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French Fremm begins sea trials
The FREMM Provence, intended for the French Navy, just completed its first sea outing on October 1st. This event marks the start of the vessel’s sea trials, which will be conducted off the Brittany coast over the next few weeks.

Cassidian now Airbus DS Optronics
(Oct 1) Effective today, Cassidian Optronics is a 100% subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, and will operate as Airbus DS Optronics GmbH. The Management led by CEO Ralf Klaedtke will remain unchanged. The Canadian office of Airbus DS Optronics will be under the leadership of Simon Jacques.
A400M in final testing
(Sept 29) The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests before delivery. The A400M will replace Germany's aging C-160 Transall fleet. Its TP400 engines provide nearly 8-times as much installed power as the C-160. It can carry twice the load of its predecessor over intercontinental distances at speeds comparable to more expensive jet aircraft, and can land on short or unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action.

MEADS & MFCR Performance Tests
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of the German customer and guests from MEADS partner nations. This was the first time the MFCR has been operated in Germany.
BGen Chapman joins WWC Board
Brigadier-General Julian Chapman, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Central/ Land Force Central Area, will join the Board of Wounded Warriors Canada, a non-profit organization that helps wounded or injured CAF members (reg. force, reservists or retired).
Irving production facility progressing
(Sep 3) The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding marked the installation of the final piece of steel frame for the production facility that will produce the Navy’s newest combat fleet starting in September 2015. Irving has committed more than $310M in Canada to date for goods and services related to the NSPS, including its Yard Modernization program and work underway on the AOPS Definition Contract.
Tim Page joins Seaspan Shipyards
(Aug 5) Tim Page has joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President, Govt Relations. The Seaspan team will benefit from Tim's 30+ years of leadership and senior management experience across diverse sectors, including his 9 years in Ottawa as president of CADSI.
Vector Aerospace exhibits in Brazil
The global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, Vector Aerospace, will be exhibiting at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) from August 12-14, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Brazil orders Airbus C295 SAR aircraft

Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft and a five-year Full In Service Support contract. The aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total Brazilian C295 fleet to 15. more>>
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>>
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