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The Apocalypse - World War I: Anger (part 4 of 5 online)
Uprisings begin as wartime misery grows. On the front, the Battle of the Chemin des Dames leads to mutiny among the French infantry. Russian soldiers, exhausted from hunger and fear, join the Revolution. In June 1917, the first American troops land in France. A month later, the Battle of Passchendaele begins. more>>
Many severely disabled ex-soldiers not getting govt. allowance
(Aug. 20) A new report by Canada’s veterans ombudsman Guy Parent says that nearly half of the country’s most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a government allowance intended to compensate them for their physical and mental wounds. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino has refuted the report, saying that veterans are very well treated. more>>
Canadian military’s quest for UAVs nearly a decade old
(Aug. 19) It has been almost ten years since Canada\'s military started its Joint Unmanned Surveillance Targeting and Acquisition System project. Nearly a decade later, no remotely-controlled JUSTAS aircraft have been procured, partly due to an internal debate about whether the air force needs one drone fleet or two. more>>
Ukraine accuses rebels of firing rockets at refugee convoy
(Aug. 19) Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels Monday of firing rockets at a refugee convoy of buses near the eastern city of Luhansk, killing people trapped in the burning vehicles. Government forces have blockaded or recaptured rebel-held positions in eastern Ukraine during the past few weeks. more>>
NATO would respond militarily to Crimea-style infiltration
(Aug. 18) U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said in an interview published on Sunday that the alliance will respond militarily if Russia tries to infiltrate troops, including ones out of uniform, into any of the member states as it did before it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea earlier this year. Kiev and Western governments are waiting to see how far Moscow will go in its support of besieged rebels in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east. more>>
The world needs more diplomacy: Canadian general
(Aug. 18) Lt.-Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, says the world’s increasingly unpredictable geopolitics means that more diplomacy is needed to prevent armed conflicts and save lives. Over the last three years, Beare has overseen all Canadian military operations, from Afghanistan to Libya and this year, Ukraine. He will retire next month. more>>
Canada to fly weapons to Kurdish forces battling ISIS
(Aug. 16) Two of Canada’s military cargo planes, a CC-177 Globemaster and a CC-130J Hercules, will soon be ferrying weapons to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. “This support, which will be provided in close co-ordination with our allies, will enable Kurdish forces to provide effective protection to Iraqis faced with the barbarous attacks of ISIL,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday. more>>
Canadian military to ground cruise ship in $10M rescue exercise
(Aug. 15) Operation Nanook 2014 will take place Aug. 20-29 and involve a staged scenario of a cruise ship colliding with a large chunk of ice in the eastern Arctic followed by a grounding and the captain’s order that everyone abandon ship. “We actually want the captain and crew to play this out like it was a real incident,” said Ed Zebedee, director of protection services with the Nunavut government. more>>
Ukraine crisis sends NATO ’back to basics’
(Aug. 15) The crisis in Ukraine is forcing NATO back to its original purpose, namely, to protect its members against a perceived Russian threat. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for Russian-speaking separatists in eastern Ukraine has significantly raised a sense of vulnerability among NATO’s new eastern members from the Baltic to the Black Sea. more>>
NATO nears agreement on stronger presence in eastern Europe
(Aug. 14) NATO member states are close to agreeing on steps to strengthen the alliance’s military presence in eastern Europe in response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. Poland has lead the call for sanctions on Russia and for NATO to move troops and equipment eastwards to reassure members on Russia’s western flank. more>>
U.S. talking to Canada, others about Iraq rescue operation
(Aug. 14) The U.S. has been talking to Canada and other countries about assisting Iraqi Christians and other people who have become displaced by the advance of Islamist fighters in Iraq. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Wednesday that it was expected that several countries would play a humanitarian-assistance role while U.S. special forces assess options for a more muscular military mission to help move tens of thousands of people away from the affected area. more>>
The Apocalypse - World War I: Hell (part 3 of 5 online)
(Aug. 13) From the trenches in France to the gates of the Eastern world, the whole of Europe is on fire as the First World War approaches its third year. By July 1916, five million men have already died. Warfare has become industrial and chemical as fighting reaches an unprecedented level of violence. But for the leaders, the human and material cost is so high that the enemy must pay and the war must go on. more>>
Ukraine says may block Russian aid convoy
(Aug. 13) A Russian convoy of 280 trucks reportedly carrying tonnes of humanitarian aid left on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine. Kiev and Western governments have warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis after four months of warfare. more>>
1 in 6 CAF members reports mental health or alcohol issues
(Aug. 12) According to Statistics Canada data gathered during interviews last year, one in six Canadian Armed Forces members had mental health issues or an alcohol-related disorder. The interviews involved 6,700 full-time CAF members and 1,500 reservists. more>>
NATO will have to soon decide on Afghan pullout
(Aug. 12) NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen says that the military alliance will soon be forced to decide about a complete pullout from Afghanistan unless a deadlock over the country’s election ends and a new president signs an agreement allowing foreign forces to stay. To stay beyond 2014, NATO needs the Afghan government to sign agreements providing a legal basis for foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan. more>>
NATO to set Eastern European Measures at summit
(Aug. 11) NATO members will establish specific actions at next month’s summit in Wales meant to reassure its members in eastern Europe. All 28 NATO countries have pledged to participate in the measures, including air policing and surveillance flights, in the wake of Russia’s February invasion of Crimea and continued massing of troops near Ukraine’s eastern border. more>>
“The Great War” - online - Part 2 of 2
Between 1914 and 1918, when Canada was hardly more than a British colony and had a population of less than eight million, the nation sent to war-torn Europe 325,000 troops and nurses. For the soldiers, the chance of returning home unharmed was just one in three. During more than four years of combat, 60,000 Canadians died on the European battlefields. The living history component of “The Great War” project involved 150 descendants of Canadians who served, and died in many cases, during the First World War. more>>
China loses WTO case
(Aug. 10) GENEVA – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that China’s restrictions on exports of rare earth metals, which are key elements in many defence and aerospace applications, do not meet the commitments China agreed to when it became a WTO member in 2001. China, which accounts for more than 90 per cent of the 17 metals – such as scandium, yttrium and promethium – cut export quotas by approximately 40 per cent in 2010. At the time, it said it was trying not only to preserve finite resources but also to reduce pollution associated with mining and processing the materials. Prices ballooned worldwide, leading to complaints that the restrictions gave Chinese companies an unfair competitive edge. The US, almost totally dependent on China for the metals, filed the initial complaint with the WTO in March 2012 and the EU and Japan signed on a short while later. In addition to the rare earth metals, they successfully challenged quotas on molybdenum and tungsten. The latest decision, by the WTO Appellate Body, effectively rubber-stamps a WTO panel’s finding in March that China’s quotas, combined with taxes and bureaucratic delays, had created world shortages, “were designed to achieve industrial policy goals” rather than to protect its environment. US Trade Representative said in a statement that export customers paid “as much as three times more than what their Chinese competitors pay.” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, echoed that, saying China should not use “export restrictions to protect its own industries or give them a helping hand on the global market at the expense of foreign competitors.” The Appellate Body decision effectively obliges China to cancel the quotas but the Commerce Ministry said in a statement only that it would “carefully assess this ruling, continue to improve its management on resource-consuming products in a WTO-consistent manner, facilitate the protection of natural resources, and maintain fair competition with the objective of achieving sustainable development.” more>>
Ukrainian rebel leader open to a ceasefire as forces advance
(Aug. 10) The new leader of Ukraine’s rebels, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, said Saturday that to prevent a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the besieged rebel area of Donetsk, the group he leads would agree to a ceasefire. The Ukrainian government has made steady advances against the rebels in recent weeks. more>>
U.S. military aviation assets strike at ISIS in Iraq
(Aug. 9) U.S. fighter aircraft and drones repeatedly attacked Sunni Islamic extremists in northern Iraq on Friday, targeting what officials described as Sunni insurgent artillery units and convoys advancing on the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil. News of the second round of American airstrikes came just after the governor of Erbil said ISIS may be as close as 30 kilometers from the city of more than a million people. more>>
Canada sends more equipment to Urkraine
An RCAF C-17, filled with military equipment bound for Ukraine, departed 8 Wing, CFB Trenton today as part of Canada’s ongoing support to that country against Russian aggression. The Globemaster, will arrive in Ukraine early next week. The $5 million contribution, through Canada’s Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF), includes protection, medical and logistical equipment such as helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents and sleeping bags.
Ukraine to get helmets, vests from Canada to help protect border
(Aug. 8) Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday that Canada will send military equipment to Ukraine to help troops protect the country’s eastern border. The equipment includes helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first-aid kits, tents and sleeping bags. more>>
Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS
(Aug. 8) U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has approved targeted air strikes in Iraq close to where some 40,000 religious minorities are trapped on a mountaintop after fleeing from Islamic State militants who have threatened to kill them. Obama also explained that U.S. air power could also be used to protect American personnel if ISIS militants advance toward the Kurdish capital of Arbil, where they are based. more>>
Russia could be poised to invade eastern Ukraine: NATO
(Aug. 7) NATO said Wednesday that Russia could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade eastern Ukraine. “We’re not going to guess what’s on Russia’s mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground — and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s eastern border,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu. more>>
Killing of U.S. general stirs new fears for Afghanistan
(Aug. 7) Tuesday’s insider attack in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Maj.-Gen. Harold Greene and other soldiers has raised new concerns in Washington that the central Asian country will be vulnerable after the last American troops leave later this year. “The Taliban’s recent campaign of high-profile attacks is calculated to accompany a global PR strategy highlighting the fact that U.S. and coalition forces will soon be leaving Afghanistan and abandoning its weak and ineffective government,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “The Taliban wants everyone to know it will soon dominate all aspects of life in Afghanistan once again.” more>>
"Apocalypse: World War I: Fear" - online - Part 2 of 5
(Aug. 6) The war is now global and large-scale bloodshed seems unavoidable. The Canadians, Italians, Bulgarians, Australians and Algerians have all entered the conflict. The Germans stop the Russian advance into Prussian territory while the German advance is stopped by the French in the Battle of the Marne. more>>
U.S. senior officer killed in Afghan insider attack
(Aug. 6) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the deputy commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, was shot and killed Tuesday during an insider attack at Camp Qargha west of Kabul. Greene was the highest-ranking American officer to be killed in combat since 1970. more>>
Canadians remember 100th anniversary of First World War
(Aug. 5) Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined Canadian veterans and families on Sunday at the National War Memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. “Justice and freedom, democracy and the rule of law, human rights, and human dignity; for a century these are the things for which our fellow citizens—including so many in this room — have fought. And this is the ground on which we will always take our stand,” Harper said. more>>
ISIS fighters seize Mosul Dam, oilfield and 3 towns
(Aug. 5) Islamic State fighters have seized control of Iraq’s largest dam, an oilfield, and three more towns after defeating Kurdish forces, a first in the ongoing conflict. The swift withdrawal of Kurdish “peshmerga” troops was an apparent severe blow to one of the only forces in Iraq that until now had stood firm against the Sunni Islamist fighters. more>>
ISIS fighters seize Mosul Dam, oilfield and 3 towns
(Aug. 5) Islamic State fighters have seized control of Iraq’s largest dam, an oilfield, and three more towns after defeating Kurdish forces, a first in the ongoing conflict in Iraq. The swift withdrawal of Kurdish “peshmerga” troops was an apparent severe blow to one of the only forces in Iraq that until now had stood firm against the Sunni Islamist fighters. more>>
Canadian soldiers with PTSD waiting up to 6 months for help
(Aug. 4) Canadian soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have waited up to half a year for assessments and treatment, according to figures obtained by CBC News. “People have committed suicide during the wait periods,” said Reservist Kurt Grant, a soldier who served with the Canadian Forces in Croatia and suffered for years with PTSD. more>>
DND expands frigate upgrade plans
(Aug. 4) The Department of National Defence has new plans to buy extra systems and equipment for Canada’s ships over the next seven years. Navy spokesman Lt. Kelly Boyden said in an email that the additional acquisition projects, which could cost up to $2.4 billion, are needed to counter “the capabilities of [Canada’s] potential adversaries.” more>>
British PM calls on NATO to rethink Russia relationship
(Aug. 2) In a letter to other leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries, British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that Russia regards NATO as “an adversary” and the military alliance needs to rethink its long-term relationship with the former Soviet state. He also said equipment and supplies should be pre-positioned in key locations and called for an enhanced NATO Response Force. more>>
Cdn. fighter pilots sent to U.S. for training after repeated problems
(Aug. 1) The Canadian air force sent its fledgling fighter pilots to the U.S. between 2011 and 2013 to train because of continuing problems in the domestic military system, including plane crashes. To date, no details have been provided about how many pilots were sent to the United States and how much that cost Canadian taxpayers. more>>
NATO ’unprepared’ for Russia threat: British MPs
(Aug. 1) The U.K. Commons Defence Committee recently warned that NATO is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state by Russia. Committee members also said that while the risk of a conventional assault by Russian forces is low, the likelihood of cyber-attacks and the use of irregular militias in an attempt to destabilize countries bordering Russia is significant. more>>
Cmdre Craig Baines to command Cdn Task Group
Five warships (Athabaskan, Fredericton, Halifax, Glace Bay and Shawinigan) and four aircraft (3 Sea Kings, 1 Aurora) will participate alongside NATO allies in a multinational fleet exercise off the Atlantic Coast beginning August 5, and continuing throughout the month. According to a DND press release, the exercise aims to enhance combat readiness and improve interoperability and tactical excellence of the participating forces in an area of the ocean that provides a challenging learning environment. The participation of CAF personnel enhances Canada’s ability to operate with NATO Allies and contribute to [...] today’s evolving and challenging global security environment.
Canada doesn’t have the military to back up its foreign policy
(July 31) While Prime Minister Stephen Harper has urged NATO to counter Russian expansionism with greater strength, Canada is one of the alliance’s members that has cut defence spending by billions of dollars while Moscow has done the opposite. Because of federal deficit-cutting, the Canadian Armed Forces has been falling behind in terms of operations, maintenance, capacity, and equipment purchases. more>>
Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine; West steps up sanctions
(July 31) Fighting in several eastern Ukrainian cities continues this week as the European Union and United States moved to toughen sanctions against Moscow. The 28-nation EU recently agreed on stronger economic sanctions that will target sectors of the Russian economy, including energy, finance and defence. more>>
1974 grenade accident memorial being held today
(July 30) The Government of Canada is facilitating an investigation by the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces into the 1974 grenade accident at the Cadet Summer Training Centre at CFB Valcartier which killed six cadets and wounded dozens more. "This incident remains a tragedy that has not been forgotten," noted the Minister of National Defence today as he expressed condolences on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
Apocalypse: World War I: Fury (online)
(July 30) Part 1 of 5: After Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated by a young Bosnian nationalist, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, triggering alliances between nations. The light-hearted departure of the troops reflects the collective lack of consciousness of a people who believe that the war will be short and glorious. Watch online until Aug 28: more>>
Cdn. commander in Libya ’disappointed’ with lack of progress
(July 30) As fighting in Libya spreads, Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Charles Bouchard, former commander of the NATO-led mission in the north African country, says he is “disappointed” with the lack of progress in the troubled nation. “Our view was to create an environment where diplomacy and dialogue would take place, where people would start talking ... we created that environment by stopping the violence, but at that point more was needed, and I’m not certain more was completed,” he said. more>>
“The Guns of August”: World War I’s first month a century later
(July 29) The so-called “Great War” began on July 28, 1914, the day when Austria-Hungary declared hostilities against Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, a month earlier. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Barbara Tuchman wrote in “The Guns of August” that Germany’s political and military leaders expected the war to be over before Christmas 1914. Instead, the First World War, which was fought on multiple fronts as well as at sea and in the air, dragged on until November 1918. Total casualties numbered nearly 39 million (est.), with more than 58,000 Canadians killed and almost 150,000 wounded. more>>
Aiming to cut collateral damage, Canada eyes smarter weapons
(July 29) The Royal Canadian Air Force wants to procure new weapons that will result in minimal collateral damage. “A low collateral damage weapon allows employment in urban and politically sensitive operations with reduced likelihood of unintended weapons effects,” says the RCAF's Defence Acquisition Guide. “The weapon must provide weapons effects with a footprint less than a 500[-pound] General Purpose bomb.” more>>
Defense Ordnance Technology Collaboration
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory Weapons and Materials Research Directorate is hosting the 2014 Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Collaboration Day, July 28-30, at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The event brings together military, industry and academia researchers interested in improving research and information exchanges to create new partnerships, increase funding opportunities, and identify technology gaps and challenges.
RCAF fighter jet hit by lightning
(July 28) A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet fighter jet flying to Whitecourt, Alta. on Thursday was struck by lightning. William Stewart, the Whitecourt airport manager, said: “The electronics did a flash on him [the pilot] and he had a tingling sensation during the strike, but after that, everything seemed to function as it was supposed to.” more>>
Russia amassing 15,000 troops on Ukraine border, says NATO
(July 28) U.S. ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute said Friday that Russia has deployed about 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine. The Pentagon said the same day that movement of Russian artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is “imminent.” more>>
ISIL has become a “full-blown army”
(July 25) The U.S. State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran, Brett McGurk, told a Congressional panel Wednesday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is “no longer a terrorist group” and has morphed into “a full-blown army.” McGurk told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “our combined focus must be on isolating ISIL from the broader population and empowering tribes and other local actors to effectively combat it.” more>>
Equipment movement points to Russian role in plane shoot-down
(July 25) NATO’S top military commander, U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove, repeated U.S. government claims Wednesday that evidence has linked Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a week ago. He said that military equipment had been moved from western Russia to the Rostov area, “where it was used to train [separatists] and then moved into eastern Ukraine and then again see it departing also eastern Ukraine afterwards.” more>>
Canadian public concerned not enough being done for veterans
(July 24) Proper care of Canada’s veterans is one of the issues of significant concern for Canadians, according to public research done by the federal finance department. The Harper government has faced a barrage of veterans’ criticisms over the last year, especially related to military suicides, but says it has improved benefits and care. more>>
2 Ukraine fighter jets shot down over pro-Russian territory
(July 24) The shooting down of two Ukrainian warplanes over a rebel-controlled eastern part of Ukraine on Wednesday prompted the country’s Security Council said the missiles were launched from Russia. “They were shot down very professionally. The terrorists do not have such professionals,” said Andriy Lysenko, the council’s spokesman. more>>
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Tim Page joins Seaspan Shipyards
(Aug 5) Seaspan welcomes Tim Page as Vice President, Government Relations of Seaspan Shipyards. The Seaspan team will benefit from Tim's 30+ years of leadership and senior management experience across diverse sectors of the Canadian economy, including his 9 years in Ottawa as President of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (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>>
Turkey signs for two F-35 Lightning
(May 6) Moments ago, the Turkish government committed to procuring their first two F-35As. Turkey, which joined as a consortium partner since the Concept Demonstration Phase in 1999, eventually plans to acquire 100 F-35A aircraft as declared previously.
Oshkosh unveils new mine-resistant vehicles
Oshkosh Defenseis introducing new Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle variants at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition in Amman, Jordan. The M-ATV Extended delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of mission profiles, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control.
Boeing chooses L-3 Display Systems
Georgia-based L-3 Display Systems has been awarded a contract from The Boeing Company to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The 6.25″ x 6.25″ display is a form, fit, function display that is backward- and forward-compatible with the current MPDs used on the aircraft. The latest L-3 design minimizes life-cycle cost, enhances resolution (1024 x 1024) to increase situational awareness with better performance.
Lockheed Martin wins ANZAC frigate deal

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

MBDA has just demonstrated the firing capabilities of its MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée)missile in an operational configuration. The launch tests were carried out in a confined space in the presence of the operator, using his firing post, and the team leader. The success of these tests, carried out in MBDA’s test tunnel at its Bourges facility in central France, has confirmed the safety of use of the missile and its firing post. more>>
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