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LGen Vance to become next CDS in July
(27 Apr) Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed April 27 that LGen Jonathan Vance, Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command, will succeed Gen. Tom Lawson as Chief of the Defence Staff, with the official handover expected to take place in July. Vance, who has been front and centre for briefings on the current Royal Canadiana Air Force deployment against terrorists in Iraq and Syria, previously was Deputy Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples in Italy, and Chief of Staff Land Strategy for the Army, in addition to having twice led the Canadian task force in Afghanistan. \"Gen. Vance has served the Canadian Forces for 33 years and is taking over […] an important institution at an important time, when we\'re part of the international coalition against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and also leading important missions to Eastern Europe to reassure our friends and allies,\" Harper said in a joint announcement at his Parliament Hill office with Defence Minister Jason Kenney.
Israelis launch airstrike on squad
(Apr 27) Israel’s military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. more>>
Drone made in Canada to be tested
(Apr 23) Federal government researchers will be testing a small Canadian-made drone in the Ottawa area to see if such unmanned aircraft could eventually be used to hunt for submarines and ships. more>>
Personnel rotation for Op IMPACT
Approximately 125 CAF personnel returned home from Operation IMPACT last night, aboard a CC-150 Polaris aircraft. Canada’s contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force, Op IMPACT is the military mission of the international coalition against the so called Islamic State group. The personnel, who have been deployed since the Operation began in October 2014, were returned to their bases at 14 Wing Greenwood, NS, 8 Wing Trenton, ON, and 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB.
Op Nunalivut concludes
Operation NUNALIVUT 2015, one of Joint Task Force (North)\'s premier High Arctic operations, concluded today after nearly one month of activity in and around the Cambridge Bay, Nunavut area. The Operation once again highlighted Canada’s ability to respond to threats in the north, bringing together Canadian Armed Forces members from 1 CRPG, 3 PPCLI, and RCAF to conduct sovereignty patrols.
Interpol issues red notice for John Maguire
(Apr 22) Interpol has posted a red notice asking international police forces to arrest former Ottawa student John Maguire, who appeared in an ISIL video last December calling for terrorist attacks in Canada. He was believed to have been killed in Syria in January, but his recent addition to the Interpol wanted page suggests police have not confirmed his death. more>>
Budget 2015
(22 Apr) In keeping with the Conservatives’ focus on defence and security, Finance Minister Joe Oliver used his first budget April 21 to confirm increased resources for the Department of Natural Defence. The core element is a planned increase to three per cent from two per cent in the department’s annual escalator. Scheduled to begin in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, it would boost military spending by $11.8 billion over 10 years.
“Government has no greater responsibility than protecting the lives of its people,” Oliver told the House of Commons, stressing that the government is “determined to respond responsibly, without ambiguity or moral equivocation” because “the jihadist terrorists who proclaimed a so-called ‘caliphate’ in the Middle East have declared war on Canada and Canadians by name. In response, we have taken up the fight both overseas and here at home.”
Other defence elements highlighted in the budget include up to $360.3 million in 2015-2016 for the Canadian Armed Forces to extend its mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, $7.1 million in 2015-2016 for the recently-announced Canadian Armed Forces training deployment to the Ukraine, and $23 million over four years, starting in 2015-2016, to upgrade security at CAF bases. Less defined, however, is $2.5 million a year, beginning in 2016-2017, for Industry Canada to increase “the analytical capacity needed to support the Defence Procurement Strategy.” This is in keeping with recommendations by Tom Jenkins in his 2013 report to the government on maximizing the economic benefits of defence procurement, but officials in the budget media lockup could offer no details on how the proposal would be developed.
Goverment to spend extra $360M on ISIS war
(Apr 22) The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada\'s fight against the Islamic State over the next twelve months on top of the $122 million that has already been spent on the war. more>>
Faster response times needed for coalition jets against ISIS
(Apr 21) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the coalition needs to speed up its response times on the airstrikes on ISIS targets in order to have the enemy killed as quickly as possible. The Iraqi prime minister also said the coalition airstrikes need to be more precise and more effective. more>>
3rd wave of CAF medical personnel depart for Sierra Leone
(20 Apr) The third group of Canadian Armed Forces personnel on Operation SIRONA departed the United Kingdom today for Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. The members deploy to West Africa following extensive training alongside their British military counterparts and in continued support of the Government of Canada’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

A major rescue operation is underway in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libya and south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, after a migrant ship carrying as many as 950 people capsized Sunday. The sixty-six-foot vessel was believed to have overturned because migrants rushed to one side of the craft late Saturday night when they saw an approaching Portuguese-flagged container ship. more>>
Anti-terror budget going up
(Apr 20) The federal government will increase funds in Tuesday\'s budget for Canada\'s security agencies as they mount a tighter crackdown on terrorism. more>>
Concern over Nazi sympathizers infiltrating Ukraine army
(18 Apr) Former Canadian diplomat James Bissett says the Canadians could end up training members of the country’s fascist groups as those troops are now being enrolled in Ukraine’s regular forces. “These militias are being merged with Ukraine’s military so we won’t be able to determine who we are training,” said Bissett, Canada’s former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. “These are unsavoury groups that Canadian soldiers should not be associated with.” Some members of Ukraine’s most effective fighting units have openly acknowledged they are Nazi sympathizers or have expressed anti-Semitic or extreme right wing views. more>>
Sixth RCN ship deploys for Op Caribbe today
HMCS Athabaskan departed Halifax today to support Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking and organized crime in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and its approaches, and the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador. Athabaskan will join allied forces in the area of operations later this month. She is the sixth Royal Canadian Navy ship to deploy on Operation Caribbe so far in 2015, and the third ship to deploy from Canadian Fleet Atlantic.
Canada\'s modest contribution is welcomed by Ukraine
(16 Apr) A small Canadian Forces contingent to Ukraine, where it’ll spend the next two years training up soldiers there in areas like explosive ordnance disposal, military policing, medicine, flight safety and logistics system modernization. It’s important, however, to keep our contribution in the proper perspective, says the Ottawa Citizen\'s Editorial Board. more>>
Whitehorse and Nanaimo return from Op Caribbe
(15 Apr) Her Majesty\'s Canadian Ships Whitehorse and Nanaimo returned to CFB Esquimalt today after a deployment on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and its approaches, and the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador. The combined efforts of Whitehorse and Nanaimo during this important operation aided the United States Coast Guard in intercepting more than 5800 kg of cocaine, while providing a deterring presence in the international waters of the region.
Rough waters for Navy vessel procurement
(Apr 15) Recently, what seems outwardly to be a pro-military Conservative government- has been quick to deploy members of the CF to help fight radicalism, train foreign nationals and stabilize regions in international hotspots. However right here in Canada their toughest assignment seems to be in getting these brave men and women into 21st century hardware to carry out these missions safely.
Russia spying on Ukraine
(Apr 15) The 200 soldiers sent to train the pro separatist forces in the Ukraine may be a far more complicated mission than the one facing the 70 troops on a similar mission in Iraq. more>>
Troops to train Ukraine Military
(Apr 15) 200 Canadian troops are being asked to train Ukraine forces in a delicate balancing act between stability in a region less than 1500 km from the front lines and maintaining peaceful relationships with Russia. more>>
Canada to send 200 CAF members to Ukrain
(14 Apr) General Tom Lawson and Minister Kenny announced today that approximately 200 Canadian troops will be deployed under the context of a training mission, far from the Russian border and conflict zone, to provide non-lethal assistance to Ukraine\'s efforts to fight Russian activity.
Soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Mali
(13 Apr) A military vehicle struck a roadside bomb yesterday killing two Malian soldiers and wounding three others in the south of Mali. The attack comes about a month after a masked gunman opened fire inside a popular bar and restaurant in the capital, leaving five people dead. The spike in violence is alarming Malian citizens. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though suspicion fell on an armed group that is aligned with the Islamic militants from the Timbuktu area in the north. more>>
DND Postpones promised search-and-rescue upgrade
(13 Apr) DND announced that a project to significantly boost Canada\'s search and rescue capabilities, one that was heralded with great fanfare in 2013, has been quietly put on hold by the Conservative Government. The proposed plan would have reduced time to detect, locate distress signal from 60 to 5 min. more>>
RCN assists US Coast Guard in second drug seizure
(Apr 11) HMCS Whitehorse actively assisted USCG Cutter Boutwell in the pursuit and subsequent interception of a vessel of interest in the Pacific drug transit zone. On scene, crew members from Boutwell retrieved 15 bales of cocaine, weighing more than 600 kg, from the water surrounding the vessel. This is the second significant narcotics interception for Whitehorse this year on Operation CARIBBE. On March 6th, the ship’s crew, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and in support of the USCG, assisted in the seizure of approximately 5284 kg of cocaine off the coast of Costa Rica.
ISIL releases 200 Iraqi Yazidis after eight months of captivity
(9 Apr) The latest round of releases came Wednesday, after eight months of being targeted by US-led airstrikes. About 40 children were among those released, all of which were described as in poor health and showing signs of abuse and neglect. more>>
Canada bombs Syrian target.
(9 Apr) Canada's "next level" involvement in the fight against ISIL came yesterday in Ar-Raqquah, Syria, as two CF-18's struck an ISIL garrison east of Aleppo. Defence Minister Jason Kenny announced the attack on Twitter in concert with an official press release. more>>
France takes over command of CTF-150
(8 Apr) Canada handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) to France on 6 April at a ceremony in Manama, Bahrain. This concludes the second time Canada has commanded one of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) multinational maritime forces in the greater Middle East region. Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Canadian Armed Forces relinquished command to Capitaine de vaisseau René-Jean Crignola of the Marine nationale during a formal change of command ceremony held on board the French Ship Var.
Eastern Europe at the ready
(7 Apr) In Countries such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, citizens are preparing for the worst despite the assurances from NATO allies that they are safe from Russian aggression. more>>
\'We as Christians are in the wrong time and place\'
(7 Apr) As the holy season of Easter arrives in Iraq, many Christians are faced with the stark reality of suffering for their religion in a primarily Kurdish region or debate the merits of emigration. The population of Iraqi Christians has dropped by 2/3 since the US led invasion in 2003. more>>
Canadian fighters participate in defence exercises
(3 Apr) The Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) conducted comprehensive training on 2 Apr in support of its mandate to detect, deter, and defend against all threats to North America’s sovereign airspace. CANR conducted intercept and safe passage operations of two pairs of B-52 Stratofortress bombers returning from long range training flights through Canadian northern and eastern aerospace approaches. CF-18 fighters were scrambled from 3 Wing (Bagotville) and 4 Wing (Cold Lake) to intercept two B-52 Stratofortress bombers each in the northern and eastern extremity of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (CADIZ) respectively. The B-52s were operating as part of Exercise Polar Growl, a separate training event under the command of United States Strategic Command.
HMCS Annapolis to be made into an artificial reef
On April 4th, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) will be sinking the former HMCS Annapolis to make an artificial reef in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park on Gambier Island, British Columbia. The ship was purchased from the Federal Government in 2008 with the intent to making this the first artificial reef in the Greater Vancouver area. Leading up to the sinking, Annapolis has been meticulously cleaned of hazardous and pollutant materials and an estimated 250 tons of materials (almost everything but the steel hull and aluminum super structure) has been recycled.
Baird to advise Hong Kong billionaire
(3 Apr) Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has new part-time job – advising Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of one of the wealthiest men in Asia. Mr. Baird will be based in Toronto and offer Mr. Li advice on international matters as the tycoon makes investments around the world. Baird will be expected to conduct risk assessments, including political analysis, and appraise business opportunities.
Next CDS appointment leaked?
(Apr 3) CTV News is reporting that General Jonathan Vance has been selected as the incoming CDS to replace General Tom Lawson. That appointment has not been announced by the Prime Minister\'s office.
Another successful drug interception by RCN, CCG and USN
(2 Apr) The Royal Canadian Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy collaborated in the interception of more than 5200 kg of cocaine in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica as part of Operation Caribbe in early March. The crew of a coastal freighter began throwing bales of contraband overboard when the USS Gary, patrolling the area with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) aboard, approached the vessel. HMCS Whitehorse and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell were called in to join the operation.
Iraq announces a victory
(Apr 2) Iraq’s prime minister has said Isis has been defeated in Tikrit after a month-long battle in which US forces and Iranian-backed militias formed an unhappy alliance to deliver the jihadists’ biggest loss. more>>
ISIL fighters infiltrate refugee camp in Syria
(Apr 2) ISIL, which controls large swaths of territory in northern Syria, entered the Yarmouk camp from the nearby Hajar Aswad neighborhood, sparking heavy clashes with members of a Palestinian faction called Aknaf Beit Al Maqdis. more>>
Kenney says war in Iraq, Syria will cost $528M by April 2016
(Apr 2) Canada\'s war in Iraq and Syria is expected to cost more than half a billion dollars by this time next year, Defence Minister Jason Kenney revealed Wednesday, one day after federal budget reports stamped the estimate as secret. more>>
Mulcair accuses Kenney of lies on Middle East mission
(Apr 2) Defence Minister Jason Kenney was accused Wednesday of telling lies about the military mission in the Middle East and of throwing the country\'s top general under the bus to avoid political responsibility. more>>
3RCR
Approximately 35 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR) are joining with Polish soldiers to train and develop their mountaineering experience and skills throughout the month of April. Exercise MOUNTAIN WARRIOR, taking place in Trzclaniec, Poland, will promote interoperability, collective training and operational proficiency between the two NATO allies.
Burmese government signs draft ceasefire deal with rebel groups
(Apr 1) Burma’s government and sixteen ethnic armed groups have agreed the wording of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest. more>>
Halifax family rescued from replica pirate ship
(Apr 1) About four hours into the rescue of his disabled replica pirate ship off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., on Monday, Ryan Tilley, the twenty-four-year-old captain, radioed some bleak news to the U.S. Coast Guard crew towing the battered schooner back to shore that the sails became entangles and could snap at anytime and hurtle down onto the deck potentially sinking the twenty-six-metre vessel. more>>
Search and rescue plane purchase finally primed for take off
(Apr 1) The government Tuesday finally released a request for proposals to purchase aircraft to replace the aging fleet of Buffalo search planes after ten years of planning and funding for the program. more>>
Lawson admits allies using smart bombs in Syria
(Apr 1) Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson has done an abrupt about-face and is admitting that advanced precision-guided munitions were indeed used in Syria by Canada\'s allies, despite claimes to the contrary made by Defence Minister Jason Kenney. more>>
Navy cadets stow replica rifles
(Apr 1) Navy cadets across the country will be packing away their replica rifles because of concerns about perceptions of kids carrying guns. more>>
FWSAR RFP released today
(Mar 31) Public Works has released the revised RFP for Fixed Wing SAR aircraft. Closing date is 28 September 2015. Only vendors on the FWSAR source list are able to request a copy of the RFP. Listed in alphabetical order: Airbus Defense and Space; Alenia Aermacchi; Bell Boeing Joint Project Office; Embraer Defense and Security; and Lockheed Martin. more>>
Iran blames U.S. drone for killing military advisers in Iraq
(Mar 31) Iran\'s Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is under way against the Islamic State group, but the United States said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident. more>>
Teenage boys used in ISIL video
(Mar 30) The Islamic State group released a new video Sunday showing its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men described as Shiite Muslims, who were led to their execution by teenage boys. more>>
Avoiding Syrian air defences may be a concern
(Mar 30) How to avoid missile batteries and navigate defensive radar systems in Syria are among the issues preoccupying military planners as Parliament debates the merits of expanding and extending Canada\'s Middle East mission. more>>
Newest Canadian Globemaster to arrive
Canada’s fifth CC-177 Globemaster will make its inaugural landing in Canada and be officially welcomed into the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet by Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin at a ceremony at 8 Wing Trenton on March 30, 2015.
Canadian Army Commander meets Chilean and Brazilian counterparts
(Mar 27) Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, visited Chile and Brazil from March 21 to 27, 2015, where he met with General Humberto Oviedo Arriagada of the Chilean Army and later met General Eduardo Villas Bôas of the Brazilian Army to discuss bilateral cooperation and training. Canada, Brazil and Chile are members of the Conference of American Armies (CAA), of which Canada became a member in 1993. The CAA supports two of the Canadian Armed Forces’ three core roles: defend North America; and contribute to international peace and security.
U.S. airdrop depicts ISIL as a meat grinder
(Mar 27) The U.S. military has dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the Syrian city of Raqqah depicting potential ISIL recruits being fed into a meat grinder. The leaflets, part of a campaign to discourage people from joining the extremists, were dropped in a canister by an F-15 fighter jet last week. more>>
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Airbus Helicopters Foundation supports rescue efforts in Chile
(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.
French Navy renews TLS contract with DCNS

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.
Jenny Gethings new VP DB at Seaspan
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 to buy more Leopard tanks
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 delivers HEL BD to DRDC
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.
Coast Guard to get new helicopters
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 wins AOPS contract
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.
Airbus and PAL sign LOI extending collaboration
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.


Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid
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.



Mexico orders C295 with winglets
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.
Airbus Management changes in effect
(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.
Lockheed officially opens new Kanata facility
Lockheed held a special opening reception on March 12th. Approximately 200 people attended the event and toured the new facility, which includes spacious offices for the engineering component and dedicated offices with break out rooms for groups working on proposals. The company expects to add about 80 new jobs here within the next year.
Davie to upgrade CCGS Earl Grey
Chantier Davie Canada was awarded a new contract from the government of Canada for the Vessel Life Extension of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Earl Grey. A Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel, CCGS Earl Grey performs a variety of roles including icebreaking. The vessel's 9-month life extension program will take place in Davie's secondary drydock, the Lorne dock. The program primarily consists of replacements and upgrades to engines, machinery, equipment and electrical systems.
DCNS selected for NATO BMD contract
DCNS has been selected, as part of a multinational industrial team led by US-based Leidos, to participate in the system engineering and the integration of the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence. DCNS will provide leading-edge expertise as a naval systems prime contractor to contribute to the definition and specification phase as well as the integration and testing of the NATO BMD architectures. The single-award firm-fixed-price contract has a four-year base period of performance, two one-year options, plus an eight-month option. Total contract value: $77 million if all options are exercised.
Alain Bellemaire new Bombardier CEO
Montreal-based Bombardier announced that Pierre Beaudoin is stepping down as CEO to become executive chairman, effective 13 Feb 2015. Taking over as CEO will be Alain Bellemare, who was most recently head of United Technologies Corp.’s propulsion and aerospace business, including the Pratt & Whitney engine division. more>>
Thales: new Executive Committee members
Mark Halinaty, CEO of Thales Canada, has made the following appointments to its Executive Committee: Dave Spagnolo has been appointed Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Thales Canada Inc. Siegfried Usal has been appointed Vice President, Strategy and Communications for Thales Canada Inc. Jerry McLean has been appointed Vice President & Managing Director, Thales Canada, Defence & Security
David Jurkowski joins Marshall Aerospace
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Canada has appointed David Jurkowski as its new Vice President Government and Industry Relations. David served in the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander of operational formations and steward of domestic and international operations. Following his retirement as a Brigadier-General, he spent 13 years in business development and government relations at Bombardier Aerospace. David will help Marshall Aerospace and Defence build on its broad spectrum of successes.
Mgmt change at Airbus Military Aircraft
(Jan 29) Fernando Alonso has been named the new Head of Military Aircraft, A400M Business Segment, replacing Domingo Ureña-Raso who will take a new position in the group. Industrialisation of the A400M will now be integrated into the Operational unit of the division, under the lead of Mr. Pilar Albiac-Murillo.
DCNS tests anti-terror system

DCNS has tested, in Toulon harbor, a real-time demonstrator for an asymmetric response to terrorist and piracy attacks. The system integrates ultra-high-definition and high-sensitivity video, augmented reality, powerful algorithms for the detection of threatening behavior. A network of ultra-high-definition, 360-degree cameras ensures surveillance over a distance of several kilometers around the vessel. more>>
LM Canada awards R&D grant in Quebec
Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems & Training (LM Canada MST) has awarded a new research and development grant to Quebec-based InField Scientific. The grant will support continued development of advanced technologies that are used to characterize and protect the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Airbus commercial jets fly in formation
(Dec 5th) Airbus Defence and Space has celebrated the type certification of its newest A350 XWB wide-body commercial jet by releasing a video of a formation flight involving five A350-900 test planes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2tsjeV7uNQ more>>
2015 Army Run date announced
(Dec 3) Canada Army Run (sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal), today donated $400,000 in fundraising and proceeds from the 2014 event to Soldier On and the Military Families Fund. The Next year's Canada Army Run will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Registration for the 5K and half marathon events will open on 4 February 2015. Due to the tremendous success, an additional 2,000 new spots will also be added to the 2015 event.
RCA tests new Excallibur "smart" artillery
Royal Canadian Artillery has successfully test-fired a GPS-guided 155 mm artillery shell. The trial of the newest generation of Excalibur proved unmatched for precision, range and accuracy. more>>
DCNS opens new subsidiary in Australia
(Nov 19) In the presence of with Australian Defence Minister, David Johnston, DCNS officially opened a long-term base in Australia, aimed at taking the lead on coming discussions on SEA 1000 program between Australian stakeholders and a combined French government/industry team, including THALES Australia. Australia plans to replace its current Collins Class submarines and DCNS may propose a “conventional Barracuda” submarine, offering to Australia access to the most advanced French design and engineering know-how.
France orders 12 Airbus A330 MRTT refuellers

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. France is the sixth nation to order the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. more>>
James C. Floyd Award ceremony
(Nov 18) Mr. Dave Caddey (retiring from MDA) and Mr. Ron Holdway (COM DEV) have been awarded the James C. Floyd Award by AIAC for their exceptional contribution in the development of Canada’s space industry. Mr. Caddey and Mr. Holdway were honoured at a ceremony during the Annual Aerospace Dinner here Ottawa.
David Curtis elected to Chair AIAC Board
(Nov 18) Jim Quick, President and CEO of AIAC,announced the election of David Curtis as Chair of the Board for 2014-2015. Mr. Curtis succeeds Barry Kohler. AIAC will look to Mr Curtis' experience "to lead the way toward creating those fruitful relationships that will place Canada at the forefront of global aerospace."
Seaspan modernizes Vancouver shipyard
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has announced the completion of its two-year, $170M Shipyard Modernization Project ahead of schedule and under-budget. Funded entirely by Seaspan, the West Coast shipbuilding and ship repair centre allows for the effective and efficient delivery of Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. more>>
Airbus and DCNS team for ship-based UAS

Airbus Defence and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS. more>>
Seaspan starts constuction on OFSV
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has started construction on two initial blocks for the NSPS ship, the CCG’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

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