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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.
(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.
(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>>
(Mar 27) Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced earlier this week that the government would extend its military mission against ISIL to the end of March 2016, and authorize Canadian airstrikes in Syria as well as Iraq. The objective is to degrade ISIL so it can no longer launch attacks. more>>
(Mar 26) Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. more>>
(Mar 26) Kenney\'s claim that Canada needs to join the Syrian bombing campaign because it and the United States are the only members of the coalition who have the smart bombs needed, is being challenged by critics, and statements from the U.S. officials raise questions about its accuracy. more>>
(Mar 26) The Conservatives and opposition MPs begin debate Thursday on a motion to expand Canada\'s war against the Islamic State by ordering air strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Previously, Canadian warplanes had been restricted to operation in Iraq. Only the U.S. and five allied Arab countries have dropped bombs in Syria. more>>
Syria may be a mess — the world's worst humanitarian disaster, a multi-sided civil war in a country led by a brutal dictator that could be falling apart – but that's no reason for Canada to stay out. UN ambassador Paul Heinbecker, typically a vocal Harper critic, has said Canada and its allies cannot afford to turn its back on the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State militants. more>>
(Mar 24) Police warned MPs and Senators to be vigilant after a handful of senators' offices on Monday received envelopes scrawled with threatening messages and containing white powder which has been declared harmless. Some of the messages include, "Ottawa shooting" and "Shooting in Parliament". more>>
(Mar 24) The Department of National Defence set out a report warning an emerging trend where terrorist groups use social media to harass the family and friends of Canadian military personnel. The report emerges amid growing concerns about the safety of military personnel in Canada and other Western countries. more>>
(Mar 24) Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Joe Friday as the next Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. As per protocol, this appointment must be approved by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. Mr Friday had been serving as the interim Commissioner since 1 Jan 2015.
(Mar 23) Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Military Police contingent officially today took over the provision of police services for the next four years for the personnel living in the Multinational Force and Observers camps in the Sinai Peninsula today. Earlier this month, 37 Military Police and support personnel joined the 31 CAF personnel already deployed as part of Operation CALUMET, Canada’s current contribution to the multinational force. These Military Police will conduct police and security duties in the North and South camps of the multinational peacekeeping force.
(March 23) Harper met with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg in Ottawa to talk about war against ISIL, crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes a day before the planned introduction of a parliamentary motion to extend and expand Canada\'s combat mission against extremists in Iraq — and possibly Syria.
(Mar 23) In a dramatic propaganda move, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham terrorists have published a hit list of 100 American military personnel, including names, photos and addresses they claimed to have hacked from secure government computers. more>>
(Mar 23) Prime Minster Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask Parliament for an extension and expansion of the mission In Iraq, though he didn\'t provide any details. more>>
(Mar 23) Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, the rebel leader backed by supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, vowed to send fighters into the southern part of the country where Hadi has taken refuge against the rebels more>>
(Mar 23) Moroccan authorities have announced the dismantling of a militant network linked to the Islamic State group across nine cities that had been planning attacks. more>>
(Mar 23) Tunisian security forces have begun a manhunt for Maher bin Al-Moulidi Al-Qaidi, the third attacker in the assault on the Bardo museum that killed twenty-one people, mostly foreign tourists. more>>
(Mar 22) Soldiers from 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), based in Petawawa, are now participating in Exercise SUMMER SHIELD, a NATO military training exercise, at Camp Adazi in Latvia. A team of approximately 45 soldiers will take part in tactical live-fire exercises from March 22 to 31. The Canadians will add their knowledge and experience in joint training exercises with forces from Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Germany and the United States.
(Mar 22) HMCS Fredericton and five other allied warships are now heading back to the Mediterranean Sea after completing joint NATO training exercises in the Black Sea as part of NATO Assurance Measures. The Black Sea deployment demonstrated Canada\'s and NATO’s commitment to allies and security partners in the region, especially in the context of Russia’s continued aggression towards Ukraine. As part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Fredericton will now resume its role as part of NATO maritime operations in the Mediterranean Sea.
(Mar 20) Contrary to first assumptions that Al-Qaeda was behind the bombs that killed at least 90 people and injured at least 280 others at a mosque in Yemen, ISIS has now come forward to claim responsibility for the devastating brutality at two Shia mosques in the city of Sanaa. Successive attacks during midday prayers on Friday killed people who rushed to help after the first wave. more>>
(Mar 20) Ottawa police will ask the police services board on Monday to approve a nearly $200,000 purchase of 100 tasers. The force wants to buy 100 of the X2 model from M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd. The X2 has a laser sighting system and holds two cartridges. more>>
(Mar 20) Approximately 200 Canadian Army Regular and Reserve Force soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, arrived in Resolute Bay to participate in exercise NOREX 2015 from March 20-30. NOREX 2015 will include live fire exercises and patrols in isolated areas. The soldiers will face harsh winter conditions as they highlight the Canadian Army\'s ability to assert Canada\'s sovereignty in the Arctic.
(Mar 19) Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Wednesday that his government intends to continue the military campaign that began last fall to beat back advances by the extremists into large parts of Iraq and Syria. more>>
(Mar 18) Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia’s Bardo Museum this morning in Tunis, killing 19 people in a horrific, military style attack. Two gunmen were killed and as many as three remain at large. No group had claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, but ISIS supporters celebrated the attack in social media. more>>
(Mar 18) Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles in its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as part of massive war games to showcase its resurgent military power amid bitter tensions with the West over Ukraine. more>>
(Mar 18) One of Tunisias most wanted militants Ahmed al-Rouissi, was killed around the Libyan city of Sirte and a top field commander for the Islamic State group also died fighting in Libya. more>>
(Mar 18) Three police officers leave Canadian soil on March 24 as part of the International Peace Operations Program - a nationwide initiative carried out by the RCMP since 1989. more>>
Beginning March 17th, the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve are moving more than 70 military vehicles and training equipment approximately 4,000 km from Valcartier, Quebec to Wainwright, Alberta during Exercise MAPLE CARAVAN. This Exercise provides an opportunity to reinforce the Canadian Army’s mission readiness through a joint logistical operation with Americans. It is also a cost-effective way to manage an important equipment movement in support of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE. Soldiers will hone their skills in transporting large quantities of vehicles by road over a great distance. This skill set is necessary to ensure that modern day militaries are able to adapt to transportation challenges they may encounter in missions at home and abroad.
(Mar 14) In a statement on 14 March 2015, DND has confirmed that a Russian aircraft and a Russian intelligence vessel have kept eyes on HMCS Fredericton. more>>
Officials from the Office of Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) will be hosting a “Town Hall” style meeting to provide information on the Office’s services to businesses, and to speak to businesses about their concerns and experiences in selling goods and services to the Government of Canada. Location: Radisson Hotel, 402 Queen Street. Time: 09:30-10:30 am. Space is limited to this free event – register by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 613-947-9685.
(Mar 16) The Afghan army killed a militant commander who had claimed allegiance to the ISIL extremist group.
In an operation in the southern Helmand province, long a hotbed of insurgent activity, Hafiz Wahidi and nine of his men were killed, the ministry said. more>>
(Mar 16) Jahanzeb Malik, a thirty-three-year-old Pakistani man was arrested Monday on allegations he plotted to blow up several Toronto buildings, including the U.S. Consulate, has been detained by the Canada Border Services Agency. Malik appeared via video link before the federal Immigration and Refugee Board on Wednesday morning. more>>
(Mar 17) The Conservative government doesn\'t appear any closer to producing a new Canadian defence strategy than it was more than four years ago, after the original was declared unaffordable. more>>
(Mar 17) The government would be wise to heed the lessons of its evaluation of the Afghan air program as it contemplates how to handle the mission in Iraq, say former diplomats after a report that found $2.2 billion in aid money for Afghanistan yielded few long-term results. more>>
(Mar 16) Seven suspected members of jihadi cell were denied bail Sunday for allegedly urging attacks to be carried out in the country and recruiting people to be sent to fight for the Islamic State group in Iraq an Syria. Five of the seven are of Moroccan origin. more>>
(Mar 16) Three Ontario Provincial Police union leaders under suspicions in a still-unfolding fraud, theft and money laundering investigation have been suspended from their policing duties after on of the officials was fired from his union position. more>>
(Mar 16) The GAO, which serves Congress\'s independent auditor has said that key gaps persist in the development of the F-35s that threaten to increase costs and put the development even further behind schedule. more>>
(Mar 16) The Defence Department now says there was a low-level flight by a Russian plane over a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea but it has not provided any details to back up the Conservative governments contention that Russian warships confronted HMCS Fredericton. more>>
(Mar 14) In a statement on 14 March 2015, DND has confirmed that a Russian aircraft and a Russian intelligence vessel have kept eyes on HMCS Fredericton. On March 5, according to the statement, a confirmed Russian military intelligence vessel trailed Fredericton at a distance of 6 km. Another incident occurred on March 6 when [Russian] aircraft passed within 500 feet overhead of the NATO fleet in the Black Sea. This was the second air interaction during this deployment. Such encounters have not been uncommon, states DND. Last October, during the deployment of HMCS Toronto in the Black Sea, the ship was circled by one Russian surveillance plane and two fighter jets.
Mohammed El Shaer, a twenty-seven-year-old from Windsor, Ontario disappeared last month and is believed to be in Syria. The RCMP have reported that El Shaer was on the list of high risk travellers and some how left the country with no valid passport, and was on probation and under a court order not to travel abroad. more>>
In a damning indictment of Canada’s military police detectives, a federal report issued Tuesday says there were “serious flaws” in the investigations of the suicide of Afghanistan war veteran Stuart Langridge, with poorly supervised officers seemingly unable to cope with even basic policing techniques. more>>
(Mar 13) Iran’s supreme leader accused America of tricks and deceptions Thursday as the dealing approached for a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions saying that the letter was a last-minute reversal aimed at undermining a comprehensive deal covering Iran’s nuclear ambitions. more>>
(Mar 13) Iraqi troops clashed along two fronts with Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Thursday, and rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein\'s hometown one day after soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into this Sunni city north of Baghdad. more>>
(Mar 13) Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney declined to comment on reports that a foreign spy arrested in Turkey, who allegedly helped three British girls join the Islamic State, was working for a Canadian intelligence agency. more>>
(Mar 12) Following last years attack on the National War Memorial, Ottawa police will likely volunteer to guard the soldiers who stand sentry come spring. more>>
(Mar 12) Military officers are expecting the government to extend the war against ISIL past April, and an expansion of the training contribution is possible although Defence Minister Jason Kenney said the government is not planning to increase the number or special forces advisers in Iraq. more>>
(Mar 12) Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, launching a two-front offensive to squeeze extremists out of Saddam Hussein\'s hometown in a major test of the troops\' resolve. more>>
33 Canadian Forces Military Police departed CFB Trenton for the Sinai Peninsula on 6 Mar 2015 as part of military activities to support the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)in Egypt. The Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) contingent is comprised of MP members and officers from across Canada. This team will complement the advance party who deployed earlier this week under Operation CALUMET. The MP contingent will conduct police and security duties in the North and South camps of the multinational peace keeping force.
Canada has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port (on the site of a closed lead and zinc mine), a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik - some 3,100 km north of Ottawa - is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "use it or lose it" approach to the Arctic. Initially due to open in 2012, the port will not be operational until 2018. more>>
Previous Press Releases
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.
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 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.
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>>
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
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.
(Jan 29) Fernando Alonso has been named the new Head of Military Aircraft, A400M Business Segment, replacing Domingo Ureńa-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 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>>
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.
(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>>
(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.
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>>
(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.
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>>
(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.
(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’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 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.
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has started construction on two initial blocks for the NSPS ship, the CCG’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).
The annual AIAC Summit kicks off at 08:45, to focus on how aerospace players can deliver in the increasingly complex global market and economic context. View the program here: more>>
In the last week, Vector Aerospace has renewed engine services agreements with: Gander Aerospace Manufacturing / Evas Air (of Gander, Newfoundland); Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (of St. John's, Newfoundland); and CommutAir (of Cleveland, Ohio). Vector also renewed a network services agreement with Turboprop East (based in North Adams, Massachusetts), and Inked a new engine services agreement with Aerway Leasing (based in Waterford, Wisconsin).
Recognizing the critical importance of safety for ground operations, Oshkosh Defense will showcase its new driver assist safety systems – from basic forward collision warning to fully autonomous vehicle operation in high-threat environments. Oshkosh will debut these systems on the new Oshkosh MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Intervention variant at AUSA 2014 in Washington, D.C.
GE’s Global Offshore and Marine division has awarded an $80M contract to provide switchboards, variable frequency drives, and other electrical components for drilling ships. At its peak, the contract is expected to generate approximately 50 high-quality trades and professional jobs in Prince Edward Island.
The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has now been painted in its new colours at the Airbus Defence and Space facility in Seville, Spain. The dark, radar-absorbent, matte tone reduces the visibility of aircraft at altitude, and makes it harder to detect by radar. The paint is an environmentally-friendly chromate-free coating with high solid content and low volatility (for reduced emissions).
(Oct 8) The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin an additional $147 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles. The Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) contract will upgrade all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.
Canadian Paralympic Committee unveils world-leading Paralympic FUNdamentals physical literacy resource for schools across Canada. This free resource for educators in Canada is designed to usher in a new era of inclusiveness to help students of all abilities play and learn together. more>>
Thales Canada has completed the Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials for Phase One of the Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control and Communications (IMIC3) project, which provides awareness of shipping activity and a background for deeper analysis of trends and vulnerabilities. Phase Two, which starts soon will focus on system integration with Kingston-class vessels. Acceptance of the system is scheduled before the end of 2014.
(Oct 7) Airbus has delivered the 18th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard.
It will join a fleet of Ocean Sentries operating from Coast Guard Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mobile, Miami and Corpus Christi (which just retired its last HU-25 Guardian aircraft).
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has completed volunteer repair work on the Steam Tow Boat Master (SS Master) as part of its $50,000 donation to the SS Master Society. The historic tug, built in 1922, is the last remaining example of a once formidable fleet of wooden-hulled, steam-powered towboats on the West Coast.
Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic Inc, a global independent provider of aviation MRO services, has received the Quality Standard AS9110B certification for its facility in PEI. Vector is one of only fifteen companies in Canada to hold this approval and the first in Atlantic Canada," says Jeff Poirier, president of ES-A.