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(Mar. 16) President Hamid Karzai told Afghanistan\'s parliament Saturday that U.S. soldiers can leave at the end of this year because the Afghan military was ready to take over entirely. He also reiterated his position that he would not sign a pact with the United States that would provide for a residual force of American troops to remain behind after the final withdrawal, unless peace could first be established. more>>
(Mar. 15) Thousands of Russian troops as well as artillery and other equipment have been moved toward the northern part of Crimea as part of military training exercises, according to Moscow. The Russian defense ministry said the exercises include 8,500 artillery troops, along with an assortment of rocket launchers, howitzers, antitank guns and other weapons. more>>
Built in Canada hand held device gives defence and security specialists an "off the shelf" tracking and messaging solution. The IP68-BLOS called Echo operates on the Iridium satellite constellation. more>>
(Mar. 14) A recent Angus Reid Global poll found that 42 per cent of Canadians said the mission in Afghanistan “had no impact” on world peace and security, while 15 per cent weren’t sure. About one in three Canadians - 35 per cent - felt the Afghan mission had a positive impact. Eight per cent said it was negative. more>>
(Mar. 14) Russia has deliberately sunk three of its ships to trap Ukrainian naval vessels inside Lake Donuzlav on Crimea’s western coast. Ukraine’s navy has limited resources and suffered a major blow last week when its chief, Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky, switched allegiance to the pro-Russian Crimean authorities. more>>
(Mar. 13) Advisers involved in cyber-security for the Canadian Forces warned last year that the military had not pushed hard enough to be the lead digital defence agency. The Canadian Forces continues to grapple with determining the role it should play in Canada’s cyber security strategy. more>>
(Mar. 13) Canadian soldiers participated in a low-key flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, officially marking the end of Canada\'s military involvement in the war-plagued country. Canadian Maj.-Gen. Dean Milner said the training mission has been invaluable, but the progress made is not irreversible and the West needs to continue nurturing both military and civilian institutions. more>>
(Mar. 12) Canada\'s military mission in Afghanistan will end this month and the remaining soldiers, who have been training Afghan security forces since 2012, will return home. Canada’s involvement in the war-torn Muslim nation began in October 2001 and cost of the lives of 158 Canadian soldiers. more>>
(Mar. 12) A new National Guard in Ukraine was formally established Tuesday as the country\'s interim leadership appealed to the U.S. and Britain for assistance against what Kiev has called Russian aggression in Crimea. According to Ukraine\'s acting ministers, there are as few as 6,000 combat-ready troops, and the air force is outnumbered nearly 100 to 1 by its counterpart in Russia. more>>
(Mar 11) Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, commends the Harper government, saying the new agreement with South Korea "will make it easier for the export-intensive Canadian aerospace industry to do business in South Korea." The agreement eliminates tariffs on aerospace products including turbo propellers, turbo jet and propeller parts, and ground-flying training equipment.
(Mar. 11) In a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Nipa Banerjee, the former head of Canada's aid effort in Afghanistan, provided insights into what was and wasn't done in 2005 that resulted in the Canadian Forces being sent to Afghanistan's Kandahar province. "On what assessment this decision was based and who — or which [federal government] department — made the final decision was never made clear," she said. more>>
(Mar. 11) NATO said Monday that it is going to send surveillance aircraft to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in Ukraine. The announcement came on the same day that the Russian Foreign Ministry said lawlessness "now rules in eastern regions of Ukraine as a result of the actions of fighters of the so-called 'Right Sector,' with the full connivance" of Ukraine's new authorities. more>>
(Mar. 9) The Canadian Armed Forces recently offered CBC News a guided tour of its support centre for soldiers at CFB Petawawa. Platoon commander Capt. Kevin Lamorie discussed the mandate of the military’s Joint Personnel Support Unit, or JPSU, and what the centre does to help injured and ill service members get back to their units or — more often — transition out of the CAF. more>>
(Mar. 8) A National Defence memo dated October 7, 2013 obtained by CBC News indicates that all four parts of the government's shipbuilding program are either over-budget, behind schedule, or both. The memo was written by the deputy minister of defence, Richard Fadden, and reveals that three of four programs also face "major challenges" of a technical nature as well as difficulties recruiting skilled personnel to get the ships built. more>>
(Mar. 7) On Thursday, Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and its Moscow-backed government said a referendum would be held on the issue within 10 days. In response, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered sanctions on those responsible for the Russian incursion into Ukraine, including bans on travel to the United States and freezing of their American assets. more>>
(Mar. 7) The Royal Canadian Navy's stricken supply ship, HMCS Protecteur, was towed into Pearl Harbor on Thursday, after a fire in the engine room last week caused the vessel to lose power in the Pacific Ocean. Crew member Andre Aubrey told CBC News: "If you can picture a blanket covering everything over top of you and...you're turning left and right and it's just fire over top of you. You've got to crouch down because you're starting to feel the layers of heat." more>>
(Mar. 6) Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday that all planned bilateral military activities with Russia have been “suspended.” They include NORAD’s Exercise Vigilant Eagle and other exercises as well as scheduled meetings. more>>
(Mar. 6) The Pentagon said Tuesday in its latest strategy document, the Quadrennial Defense Review, that North Korea poses a growing threat to the United States because it continues to develop long-range missiles and nuclear weapons. The QDR also said that North Korea represents “a significant threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.” more>>
(Mar 5) Proposed defense budget of $495.6 billion received by U.S. Congress to fund base defense programs in fiscal year 2015. For details, click here: more>>
(Mar 5) China's Premier Li Keqiang has reportedly announced a 12.2 percent increase in China's annual military budget, saying it was needed to fund an ongoing modernization drive. "This year, with the [Communist] Party's goal of strengthening the armed forces under the new conditions in mind, we will ... continue to raise their deterrence and combat capabilities in the information age," Li told delegates at the annual meeting of the state parliament. The draft budget allocated 808.2 billion yuan (132 billion dollars) for defence spending this year, following previous double-digit rises that prompted international concern over China's growing military power. more>>
(Mar. 5) The Royal Canadian Navy's fire-damaged supply ship, HMCS Protecteur, might be scrapped, leaving Canada with only one vessel to support its maritime force. The navy says it will assess whether it’s financially viable to repair Protecteur, which is being towed to Pearl Harbor, or junk it. more>>
(Mar. 5) Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the government's actions in relation to Crimea on Tuesday and told reporters that he would order the use of force in Ukraine only as a last resort. However, on the same day Russian forces fired warning shots in a confrontation with Ukrainian servicemen at an air base and Russian navy ships reportedly blockaded the strait between the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula and Russia. more>>
FRONTLINE - Even as one of its earlier helicopter buys on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard is hung up in court, Public Works and Government Services Canada has issued a Request for Proposals for another helicopter procurement. The new RFP for eight twin-engine “off the shelf” medium-lift aircraft has a May 27 deadline for response. The helicopters would replace five 1970s Bell 212s and three 1960s Bell 206Ls, all U.S-manufactured. Potential replacement include the AgustaWestland AW139, Bell 412, Airbus Helicopters EC175 and Sikorsky S76D.
The previous effort to procure 16 light twins to replace CCG's 14 remaining light-lift helos, remains in legal limbo nearly a year after the Bell Helicopter 429 bid seemed to have been chosen. The decision was challenged by AgustaWestland and Eurocopter based on Transport Canada's unusual platform-specific lifting of a weight restriction on the 429. Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) filed suit in Federal Court of Appeal.
(Mar. 4) On Monday, Russia's Black Sea Fleet chief, Aleksander Vitko, threatened an assault on Ukrainian military bases in the Crimea if forces of the Ukraine do not surrender. However, Interfax news agency later quoted a Russian spokesman, who denied that any ultimatum had been issued. The E.U. and U.S. are threatening to hit Moscow with sanctions and travel bans over its intervention in Crimea. more>>
(Mar. 4) One of the Royal Canadian Navy's supply ships, HMCS Protecteur, is battling weather conditions as it is towed to Hawaii after an engine-room fire on Thursday. "In the conditions out there, towing is a very, very challenging operation and it doesn't always go as smoothly, and that's why the navy practises this type of situation all the time," said Lt.-Cmdr. Desmond James. more>>
(Mar. 3) The G7 countries - the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the U.K., and Canada - have condemned their G8 partner, Russia, for ordering its troops into the Crimea, starting on Friday. Ukraine's interim government has accused Moscow of having declared war, while Russian President Vladamir Putin said the deployment action was necessary to protect ethnic Russians in the area. more>>
(Mar. 3) The line towing the Royal Canadian Navy's stricken supply ship, HMCS Protecteur, to Hawaii broke Sunday, necessitating a second effort. "The living conditions on board are austere as a result of the damage sustained during the fire," said Commodore Bob Auchterlonie. more>>
(Mar. 2) Retired Sergeant Ronald Anderson's death last week was the tenth soldier suicide in Canada during the past few months, but his death isn't being counted in statistics kept by National Defence. Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, a contract instructor at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, served in the U.S. military for more than two decades. She says it's tough to hear about the number of soldiers committing suicide in both countries. "It's heartbreaking. It's absolutely heartbreaking," she said. more>>
(March 1) The Canadian navy’s supply ship HMCS Protecteur is limping to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii after a fire on board caused minor injuries and damaged the vessel. Sailors onboard Protecteur extinguished the fire and crew members are managing the situation, according to a Royal Canadian Navy news release on Friday. more>>
(Feb. 28) Retired sergeant Ronald Anderson died at his home in Doaktown, N.B. earlier this week, yet another Canadian military man who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and took his life. The 39-year-old had served in the Royal Canadian Regiment for 21 years, deploying overseas seven times, including two tours in Afghanistan. more>>
(Feb. 28) U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined NATO leader on Thursday in warning Russia not to take any action that could lead to “miscalculation” amid rising tensions on Ukraine’s majority-Russian Crimea Peninsula. Earlier this week, Pro-Kremlin gunmen seized regional administration buildings in the region and Moscow ordered snap combat readiness drills near the border. more>>
(Feb. 27) The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says that speculation about a complete American military withdrawal from Afghanistan could "encourage the enemy." On Monday, President Barack Obama repeated the U.S. government's warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the U.S. might pull all of its troops out of Afghanistan this year if a bilateral security agreement was not signed. more>>
(Feb. 27) Two Muslim extremists who drove into 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby in May 2013 and then hacked him to death were given very long sentences on Wednesday in a London court. Michael Adebolajo, 29, received a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale, 22, has been jailed for a minimum of 45 years. more>>
(Feb. 26) Canadian Forces personnel finished a computer-assisted exercise dubbed UNIFIED RESOLVE on Tuesday designed to test planning and command and control capabilities leading up to Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE later this year. Participants included members of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. more>>
(Feb. 26) The U.S. Navy revealed Tuesday how it intends to use its naval forces over the next 15 years for operations in the Arctic Ocean. “Our challenge over the coming decades is to balance the demands of current requirements with investment in the development of future capabilities,” wrote Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations. “This roadmap will ensure our investments are informed, focused, and deliberate as the Navy approaches a new maritime frontier.” more>>
(Feb. 25) Congress and various players in the U.S. defense community are pushing back against Pentagon plans to cut 120,000 personnel from the active and reserve Army ranks, mothball fleets of Air Force aircraft, and park Navy ships. “We are disappointed, but hardly surprised, that today’s Pentagon budget preview ignores the advice of Congress and the nation’s governors that the National Guard should be more of a solution to the fiscal challenges facing our nation’s military,” said Major General (Ret.) Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association. more>>
(Feb. 25) A German navy supply ship, FGS Bonn, recently docked in Halifax and was visited by Canadian naval officers. The design of Canada's new Joint Support Ships is German in origin: from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Construction of the JSSs is slated to begin in 2016 with an in-service target of 2019 to 2020. more>>
(Feb. 24) Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 19 soldiers and carrying out their deadliest assault in at least a year. General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a defence ministry spokesman, said “hundreds” of foreign and Afghan insurgents were involved in the attack, which took place in the Ghazi Abad district of Kunar province.
(Feb. 24) The U.S. Department of Defense has submitted a five-year spending plan that effectively ignores the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 set to return in full force in 2016. A bipartisan deal on Capitol Hill in December reduced, but did not eliminate, the federal funding sequester required by BCA 2011 during this year and next. more>>
(Feb. 23) About 300 or so reserve and regular Canadian soldiers, members of the 4th Canadian Division, have been involved in Exercise Trillium Response 14 in the Arctic since mid-February. They have experienced icy winds, blinding snow squalls, and temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius as they've honed their winter field skills. more>>
After touring a camp for Syrian refugees in late January, Stephen Harper suggested to accompanying journalists that little could be done to stop the civil war that had forced two million people from their homes. Just months earlier, Harper had been calling for international military intervention in Syria. An estimated 140,000 people have been killed so far, more than 7,000 of them children. more>>
(Feb. 21) The Pentagon’s policy directorate had CNA, a think-tank near Washington, D.C., study the troop draw-down situation in Afghanistan and how the Taliban would likely respond. CNA's study, which was released Thursday, found that stability in Afghanistan will require tens of thousands more troops deployed in the war-torn country than NATO envisioned at the fateful 2012 summit that resulted in an allied decision to withdraw their soldiers by the end of 2014. more>>
(Feb. 21) The German government has decided to cancel a multi-billion-euro order for Eurofighter Typhoon jets because of domestic budget pressures. Germany originally intended to buy 250 Typhoons, but following the financial crisis of 2008-2010 and the Great Recession, has decided on 143 Eurofighters: 107 aircraft currently flying plus 36 on order. more>>
(Feb. 20) For the first time in more than a dozen years, the majority of polled Americans - 49% - said the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 was a mistake. The latest Gallup data reveals how far war fatigue has permeated American society. In November 2001, when the public was first polled after U.S. forces went into Afghanistan, an overwhelming 89% believed the invasion was the right thing to do. more>>
(Feb. 20) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu recently announced that Moscow will spend about 320 billion rubles (US$9 billion) by 2020 on military unmanned aerial vehicles. He said the new drones will boost the reconnaissance, communications, and combat capacities of the Russian armed forces. more>>
(Feb 19) According to a new report from Strategic Defence Intelligence, the MINT region (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) is expected to be one of the most attractive defence markets with related spending increasing from US$40.6 billion to US$61.1 billion up to 2019. Spending on homeland security is also gaining momentum in these countries. With a total spend of US$158 billion over the period 2015-2019, sustained spending is being driven by ongoing threats such as drug and human trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, and arms trafficking. This area of defence spending is expected to present major procurement opportunities in the fields of UAVs, helicopters, aircraft, biometric systems, and radars.
(Feb. 19) The Conference of Defence Associations Institute has released a report, "Strategic Outlook for Canada", that criticizes the Harper government for implementing defence cuts "based more on the balance sheet than on what a nation wishes to do in the world." The report warns that "cuts to capability, delay or elimination of procurements, or reduction in readiness are imposed without the benefit of a foreign policy and defence review to articulate our national interests... Canada risks doing little and mattering even less in world affairs." more>>
(Feb. 19) The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, LGen. Yvan Blondin, recently told an audience in Montreal that unmanned aerial vehicles "can’t replace jets altogether." He explained that “the weaknesses of drones is that they are attached by an umbilical cord to satellites. If that satellite is taken out or its signals are intercepted, I lose my entire fleet of drones.” more>>
(Feb. 18) The United States Navy plans to install a powerful laser designed to destroy aerial drones, speed boats, and swarm vessels on the USS Pounce this summer. The solid-state Laser Weapon System can be operated by just one sailor. The Navy also intends to deploy an electromagnetic gun that fires projectiles at hypersonic speeds within two years. more>>
(Feb. 18) The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, recently spoke about the service's Emerging Skies Initiative to more than 100 members and friends of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. The EST will bring together the RCAF, industry and universities to explore innovative solutions to Canada’s future air power needs. more>>
Previous Press Releases
(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.
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.
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).
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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>>
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 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>>
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>>
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft program the Acquisition Program of the Year. The HC-144A Ocean Sentry is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. The USCG operates 15 HC-144A's, with three more on order.
MBDA's CVS302 HOPLITE is designed to supply an Indirect Precision Attack capability for land and naval artillery in 2035 and beyond. Consisting of a mission control system and two missile variants, the system is able to quickly and safely traverse contested airspaces, and closely coordinate salvo firings to provide an exceptional fire support capability to the front line. more>>
Raytheon Anschütz will unveil a new onboard navigation simulator at CANSEC 2013, May 29-30, in Ottawa. Developed in partnership with Canadian-based Virtual Marine Technology, the embedded, simulation-based training system is designed to enhance the realism and effectiveness of training offered to operators of Anschütz’s Integrated Navigation System.
MBDA and Lockheed Martin have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly explore the market for the integration of MDBA’s Air Defence and Anti-Ship missiles systems with Lockheed Martin’s MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) and Extensible Launching System (ExLS), starting with MBDA’s Sea Ceptor, using the CAMM missile. more>>
A cooperation agreement between RUAG Defence and ASELSAN better enables tailor-made mid-life upgrade solutions for armoured tracked vehicles: RUAG Defence upgrades tracked and wheeled vehicles and is the official maintenance, repair and overhaul partner for all tracked armoured vehicles of the Swiss Army. ASELSAN is Turkey's leading company for development and production of electronics, electro-optical systems, and Fire Control Systems for main battle tanks.
The U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center has purchased the prototype CN235 aircraft and plans to transform it into an HC-144A maintenance training unit. The HC-144A is based on the Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter. More than 230 CN235s are in service around the world. The transformation will configure the CN235 with systems from the HC-144. The systems will have built-in faults that will allow maintenance personnel the opportunity to learn troubleshooting on actual HC-144 aircraft. more>>
On 26 April 2013, DCNS and its local partners delivered the sixth and final Skjold-class fast patrol boat to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The six-boat Skjold programme is led by a consortium comprising DCNS and two Norwegian contractors with DCNS acting as the combat system design authority and co-supplier. The Norwegian authorities entrusted the Skjold programme to a consortium of three contractors with DCNS as the combat system design authority and co-supplier. DCNS is working with Norwegian contractors Umoe Mandal and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, through the Skjold Prime Consortium.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), Canada’s No. 1-rated public relations and government relations firm, today announces the appointment of Andrew Leslie as an associate in the Ottawa office, effective immediately. Before retiring in 2011, Leslie was with the Canadian Armed Forces as the chief of transformation, leading a multidisciplinary team of military and civilian personnel. more>>
L-3 Electronic System Services (ESS), avionics prime contractor for the CP-140 Optimized Weapon System Support effort, has successfully implemented Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) data transmission capability on a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora aircraft. Unlike conventional line-of-sight transmissions, BLOS enables non-line-of-sight transmissions over challenging geographical terrain, such as that found in the Canadian High Arctic. more>>
Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests. The installation of weapons under the wings provides new operational capabilities to the C295 MPA allowing the aircraft to perform new missions demanded by customers. In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo. more>>