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(Aug 1) The Government of Canada has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated and Project Resolve Incorporated to continue discussions on pursuing an at-sea support services contract, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced today. more>>
(July 31) The US Army is nearly 14% short of the recruits it will need to fill its ranks, marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year. more>>
(July 31) Canada is prepared to give up to $8.3 million in additional funding to Iraq and neighbouring countries in the fight against Islamic State militants, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday. more>>
(July 31) Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, yesterday issued a statement to suppliers of goods and services to the Government about how Public Works is making changes to its processes and technology to improve federal procurement. more>>
Sergeant Tatyana Danylyshyn (second from left), from The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), in Victoria, B.C., earned the top shot honour at the annual Bisley shooting competition held in Bisley, United Kingdom, from June 21 to July 1, 2015. more>>
(July 30) The US Defense Department has tapped medical records firm Cerner, along with its partners Leidos and Accenture, to help overhaul the military's massive health IT system. The contract is valued at $4.3 billion over five years, and could set a new national standard for electronic health record systems. more>>
(July 30) Royal Air Force quick reaction Typhoon jets intercepted 10 Russian military aircraft during a single sortie last week, the UK Ministry of Defence has disclosed. The RAF fighters from 6 (Fighter) Squadron were launched from their airfield in Estonia after multiple groups of aircraft were spotted by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States. more>>
(July 30) In a sign of its resilience, the Islamic State appears to have recruited new fighters to offset 15,000 militants killed in a U.S.-led airstrike campaign approaching its first anniversary, U.S. military and intelligence estimates show. more>>
(July 30) The UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition said on 29 July that he believes there is future opportunity to grow the nation's maritime sector even as its domestic naval shipbuilding programmes have reached a peak. more>>
(July 30) Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. more>>
(July 29) Israeli Government subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd. will work with Rheinmetall to bring new sensor capabilities to the Canadian Armed Forces. An improved radar system for the Canadian Army will use cutting edge technology that is part of the successful Israeli Defence Force Iron Dome Air Defence system to defend against incoming rocket fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups. more>>
(July 29) NATO proclaims ‘strong solidarity’ to TurkeyTurkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with the country’s fight against ISIL but urged restraint in a campaign that has also targeted Kurdish separatists. more>>
(July 29) Russia will guarantee a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean and boost its strength in the Atlantic and Arctic under a strategy to counter “unacceptable” NATO expansion. The plans, which also include ambitious ship-building targets and expansion of infrastructure for the country’s fleet in the Black Sea, were laid out in a new naval doctrine approved by President Vladimir Putin. more>>
Earlier this month, a medium-long range shipboard surface-to-air missile malfunctioned and exploded above the Navy destroyer USS The Sullivans. The scheduled missile exercise occurred on July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. off the coast of Virginia, according to the US Navy Institute. more>>
(July 29) NATO is happy that Turkey is joining the Syria fray, but cautions Ankara about taking on the Kurds, says the CBC's Brian Stewart. Such is the total-war jumble of the conflicts in both Iraq and Syria that the sudden entry of Turkey into the action can be seen as both a positive development as well as yet another spiral into even more destruction. more>>
(July 29) An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. more>>
(July 28) The Minister of National Defence and the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff today issued statements in response to the investigation report released today by the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces on the 1974 grenade explosion at the cadet training centre in CFB Valcartier. more>>
(July 28) Veterans Affairs Canada should have been more transparent and paid closer attention to the impact on service before laying off hundreds of frontline staff and closing several offices across the country, says Canada’s veterans ombudsman. more>>
(July 28) Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with multiple sex-related offences including an offence related to Breach of Trust by a Public Officer, all pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada. more>>
(July 28) A detailed plan to re-equip the Royal Australian Navy and to save the naval shipbuilding industry will be the centrepiece of the coming defence white paper. The white paper, expected late next month or in early September, would be designed to place the industry on a sustainable footing to avoid a jobs crisis. more>>
(July 28) Imagine an armed helicopter that can search for and kill people based on certain pre-defined criteria. Or an artificially intelligent robot outfitted with weapons performing pre-programmed patrols, without any human intervention. It may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie. But more than 1,000 tech and robotics experts — including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak — are warning that an AI arms race is on the horizon — not within decades, but years. more>>
(July 28) With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind. more>>
(July 28) The federal government has awarded contracts to a Montreal-area company as part of its investment in military technology. Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the contracts obtained by Rheinmetall Canada Inc. are potentially worth more than $493 million. more>>
(July 28) NATO's secretary-general said Tuesday that the alliance "stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey," as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member. Turkey requested the extraordinary meeting to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response, including attacks on Kurdish rebels. more>>
Scott Taylor has written an amusingly truthful op-ed about Harper and Kenney's efforts to pretend Canada is a military power, while her navy has been so neglected that supply ships must now be leased. more>>
(27 July) The last Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate based on the US western coast has been decommissioned, US Navy (USN) officials announced on 24 July. more>>
(July 27) Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged that his army is short of manpower and has been forced to sacrifice territory in the country's raging civil war. more>>
(July 27) German plans to acquire a fleet of new combat ships through a European competition have opened the door to a possible sale of the British Royal Navy's Type 26 frigate design, BAE Systems executives said. more>>
(July 27) A Russian helicopter pilot who went missing over the weekend has been found “in good condition” in the Davis Strait. Around 7 a.m. Monday, Joint Task Force Atlantic tweeted that Sergey Ananov was rescued by Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson in the waters between Greenland and Nunavut. The ship is now en route to Iqaluit with Ananov, a spokesman for Maritime Forces Atlantic says. more>>
(25 July) A CAF Reserve soldier died during military training at CFB Shilo Saturday, 25 July 2015. Private Kirby Tott was training with the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre’s detachment at when he died suddenly. His death is under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause. more>>
(24 July) Defence Minister Jason Kenney, and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, announced a series of measures intended to strengthen the SAR system. Key among them is transferring the National SAR Secretariat from the DND purview over to Public Safety. more>>
(24 July) DND has announced a new project to support Arctic research, as well as Canada’s ability to counter any threat to Arctic sovereignty. The project is part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). more>>
(July 24) A contingent of over 200 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members from across Canada completed a demanding journey today by crossing the finish line at the 99th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen. more>>
(July 24) The federal government today announced more than $1 million in funding to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) to increase the presence of western Canadian defence and security-based industries at international defence procurement events between 2015 and 2017. more>>
(July 24) Boeing is taking steps to keep its F-18 production line open for future Navy and international sales based on positive signs from multiple sources, according to a report in USNI News. more>>
(July 24) For 40 days, Chilean replenishment ship AO-52 Almirante Montt will be conducting at-sea training with Pacific Fleet sailors to prepare for the arrival of Canada’s new Queenston-class supply ships. Partnering with Montt are HMC Ships Vancouver and Calgary, which will practice Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) operations. more>>
The soldiers and band of the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces will host the 19th annual Fortissimo on Parliament Hill, at 7:30 p.m. each evening from July 23 to 25. Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular featuring a military concert and sunset ceremony. more>>
(July 24) Turkish warplanes struck Islamic state group targets across the border in Syria, Turkey's government confirmed Friday. A government official says three F-16 jets took off from Diyarbakir airbase in southeast Turkey early Friday and used smart bombs to hit three IS targets across the Turkish border province of Kilis. more>>
(July 24) U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. airstrike has killed a senior al Qaeda operational commander in eastern Afghanistan. He said in a statement Friday that the airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11. more>>
(July 24) Canada’s newly minted chief of defence staff will hold a summit this August with the leadership of the Canadian military to determine the way ahead for eradicating sexual assault and harassment in the Canadian Forces. more>>
(July 24) Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, the military's top female general, says recruiting more women to the Canadian Forces will be a "difficult road," especially in the wake of intense publicity around sexual harassment in its ranks. more>>
(July 23) Members from Joint Task Force (North) and 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group conclude their participation in Operation NUNAKPUT 2015 (Op NK 15) today after 17 days of maritime patrols along the Mackenzie River from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. more>>
(July 23) The federal government today announced a significant series of enhancements to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s resources in Vancouver Harbour, including further Department of National Defence (DND) / Canadian Armed Forces support to the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Station located in downtown Vancouver. Increased cooperation between the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and CCG will boost the latter’s capability to respond to marine pollution incidents and conduct search-and-rescue operations in the Vancouver Harbour area. more>>
(July 23) The Canadian Forces are warning military cadet organizations about cyber attacks after Islamic State sympathizers hacked into at least one webpage and altered the site with graphic images of dead women and children. more>>
(July 23) An editorial in today's National Post says that the political party that promised to sweep away the "decade of darkness" suffered by the military in the deficit-busting 1990s has precious little to show for its pledges. more>>
Gun-toting Americans are showing up at U.S. military recruiting centres around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week’s killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. more>>
The UK's frontline fast-jet force is set to fall to its lowest numerical strength just ahead of the turn of the decade, with the almost simultaneous retirement of both the Panavia Tornado GR.4 and early model Eurofighter Typhoon fleets, the UK government disclosed on 21 July. more>>
(July 22) Ten members from British Columbia’s Okanagan Indian Band have been selected for specialized training to learn how to rid their reserve of the buried bullets and bombs that have accumulated over a century. Military training dating back to the Boer War has littered spent and unexploded ordinance across thousands of hectares of two areas on the First Nation’s land near Vernon, B.C. more>>
(July 22) Specially trained Egyptian pilots flew three new Rafale fighter jets from a base in southern France to Cairo. The jets are the first of 24 warplanes that Egypt bought in a $5.6 billion deal earlier this year. The Rafale deal is a significant achievement for the Egyptian air force because of its radar, reliability and black Shahin missiles. more>>
(July 21) The on-and-off fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas region since the Minsk deal was signed in February has made one thing clear: If Russia is serious about seeking a solution to the conflict, it should be prepared to endorse the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission and force. This, according to Carl Bilt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, in an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail. more>>
Previous Press Releases
Airbus Defence and Space, with team partner Lockheed Martin Overseas Services Corporation (LMOSC), will be re-winging the German Navy fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The companies will upgrade eight aircraft over the next eight year.
(17 July) A series of ground based tests have been completed at Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi in Turin-Caselle and at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, in readiness for Eurofighter Typhoon flight trials with MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile, due to take place in the UK later this year. more>>
(July 17) The upcoming new Mission: Impossible movie, Rogue Nation, features a dangerous stunt by Tom Cruise, in which he runs across a taxiing Airbus A400M and then clings on as it takes off. The movie will be released on July 31st. more>>
The Egyptian Navy took delivery of the French FREMM, currently named Normandie, in June after some outfitting work, and the first phase of a training programme. Logistics and support services provided to the Egyptian Navy will continue over several years. The multi-mission vessel will be taken from the series currently under construction for the French Navy. To ensure that operational capacities of the French Navy will not be affected, DCNS will speed up the rate of production of subsequent ships. more>>
General Dynamics Canada has announce it has changed its name to General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada. This name change is intended to better reflect its products and technologies. more>>
The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, powered by Rolls-Royce, has been selected by the Republic of Korea as its future air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft after an open and objective competition. According to Pablo Molina, “the A330 MRTT has won every tanker competition since it entered the market, and has now been selected by nine nations plus the European Defence Agency.” more>>
(june 24) DND has announced that Colt Canada has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to replace the Canadian Ranger’s Lee Enfield rifle. This contract will provide the Canadian Rangers with the opportunity to test the new rifle design over the summer. Following subsequent design amendments, a second contract will be awarded to Colt Canada to produce 6500 rifles, which will be phased into use by the Rangers between mid-2016 and late-2019. more>>
After an open competition, the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has purchased four C295W aircraft to enhance its capabilities. The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs. more >>
Airbus Helicopters has announced the launch of a new office in the Mirabel Helico complex in Mirabel, Quebec. The state-of-the-art facility will support the Quebec rotary wing community and provide an outlet for corporate events and fly-ins. Quebec is home to more than 200 Airbus Helicopters, which represents almost one third of the Airbus Helicopter fleet in Canada, flying for parapublic, private and commercial operators. The Airbus Helicopters office team will provide aircraft sales, training, technical support and parts ordering.
A new generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) system to provide maritime surveillance out to 200 nautical miles has been successfully developed by Raytheon Canada under a DRDC contract that was competitively awarded. The Technology Demonstration Project, entitled Persistent Active Surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone (PASE), has completed exhaustive technical evaluations and system acceptance testing.
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its 721S radios to the Royal Canadian Navy fleet, enhancing networking communication capability.
Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new protection system, called Multirole Jammer, that combines the highest efficiency countering radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum and tactical communication jamming. Visit CANSEC Booth #401 for info.
DCNS, a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector, will participate in this yearï¿½s CANSEC Exhibition in Ottawa (May 27 and 28) The Group intends to develop naval engineering and industrial partnerships in Canada through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, DCNS Technologies Canada Inc. DCNS proposes to adapt its FREMM frigate design to the Canadian requirements for the Surface Combatant. Visit CANSEC booth #1428
On May 28th, together with Canadian WWII veterans who in 1945 helped liberate the Netherlands, Rear-Admiral Ben Bekkering, Deputy Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, will attend the “70 years liberation concert” aboard HNLMS Karel Doorman in the harbour of Montreal. The next day, the Rear-Admiral and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade H.E. Ploumen will be at the Maritime Business Event, where representatives of the Dutch and Canadian maritime industries will meet.
Rheinmetall will be displaying a broad spectrum of its defence technology systems and products at the CANSEC show (27-28 May). The Düsseldorf-based high-tech enterprise will be emphasizing its wide-ranging expertise in the maritime domain, which visitors can see for themselves at Booth #1121.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. The SDB II employs Raytheon's revolutionary tri-mode seeker and can strike targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both soft and hard targets. The bomb can also change targets in-flight through the use of a secure datalink.
Seaspan has announced that it has selected as its new President. Reynolds holds an MBA from the University of Texas, as well as a BBA and a BA from the University of New Mexico. He joins Seaspan with over 20 years experience in positions of leadership and senior management, the last 15 of which have consisted of positions in the offshore supply boat business in the United States, West Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America, including as Vice President, Americas at GulfMark Offshore Inc.
(20 May) On behalf of the federal government, today British Columbia government officials will recognize Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as one of the many B.C. businesses to receive a Canada Job Grant.
Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 program has moved from low-rate to full-rate production, clearing the path for significantly increased production numbers and focus on further cost-reduction opportunities. SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile capable of successfully engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. It also defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight.
(24 Apr) An H125 rotorcraft chartered by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation has joined rescue activity in Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert region, where the heaviest rainfall in 80 years has caused massive flooding and landslides.
With support provided by Airbus Helicopters representatives in Chile, the Santiago-based H125 from Transporte Aereo Albatros Ltda. was flown to the affected zone, where it began transporting search and rescue personnel. This rotorcraft has also been available for flights to locate those trapped or isolated by the natural disaster.
Recent downpours in the Atacama Desert region – which normally is one of the world’s driest areas – destroyed homes and bridges, cut off roads, and left thousands stranded as rivers broke their banks and flash floods filled dry valleys.
DCNS has just obtained a contract for providing through life support (TLS) until 2020 to the six nuclear-fueled attack submarines in service in the French National Navy and based in Toulon. Announced by the Fleet Support Department, the contract became effective 1 April 2015 to provide TLS to the entire fleet of nuclear attack submarines, which comprises six Rubis-type ships as well as preliminary servicing for Suffren, the First of Class of the Barracuda submarines. The contract also includes the operation of Toulon's nuclear infrastructures, the tools as well as the simulators of the National school of submariners.
Seaspan Marine announced that Jenny Gethings has joined its team as Vice President, Business Development. Jenny has more than 25 years in the marine industry, including port operations and cargo logistics. She most recently served as Director of Global Projects for Schenker Canada, where she was responsible for numerous projects worldwide.
Germany announced it would buy at least 103 modernized Leopard 2s, reportedly bringing Germany's total number of tanks to at least 328. German Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said the country will spend $23 million on this project, which includes upgrading A6 tanks to A7 capability. more>>
L-3 Brashear has delivered a High-Energy Laser Beam Director to Defence Research and Development Canada to enhance its mobile characterization and development lab. L-3 worked with leading scientists at DRDC to design and build a ruggedized HEL BD for use at open field test ranges. The trailer-mounted HEL BD includes a vision system, aiming aids, and a multi-kilowatt optical system, allowing the operator to adjust the spot size of the beam on target to evaluate the laser’s capabilities. The development effort will allow establishment of potential requirements for an HEL-based military system.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has signed a contract with PWGSC for the supply of 7 Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The C$155 million contract is part of the CCG’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in June 2016, with subsequent helicopters to be delivered every three months thereafter. This contract follows a CCG contract announced in May 2014 for 15 Bell 429 helicopters (the first of which was delivered in March 2015).
Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded the implementation subcontract (valued at more than C$170M) as command and surveillance system integrator for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Patrol Ships, by Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) Prime Contractor, Irving Shipbuilding. As one of Irving’s Tier 1 suppliers for delivering the AOPS vessels as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for key integration of data and information sources to increase the ships’ situational awareness and provide command, control and decision support at all levels of command for the new vessels.
Provincial Aerospace and Airbus Defence and Space sign letter of intent to explore the extension of their relationship beyond the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program. From left: Simon Jacques (Airbus Defence and Space, Canada), Pablo Molina (Airbus Defence and Space Military Aircraft Canada), Derek Scott (Provincial Aerospace) and Richard Poole (Provincial Aerospace) sign a letter of intent to facilitate the exploration of extending their relationship internationally.
The Airbus Helicopters Foundation, in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage, and aid agencies have indicated that conditions are among the most challenging they have faced.
The Mexican Navy has become the launch customer of the latest version of the new Airbus medium transport aircraft C295W – equipped with winglets, which enable the C295W to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions. Winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on.
(Mar 31) Following the reorganization of the A400M Programme, Kurt Rossner, currently Head of Light & Medium & Derivatives within Military Aircraft, will switch positions with Rafael Tentor to now Head the A400M Programme, effective 1 April. Both will report directly to Fernando Alonso, Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defence and Space.