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Ottawa police told to use extreme caution
(Oct 31) The RCMP has requested the police conduct traffic stops after the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill to disrupt any criminal behaviour that may pose a threat. Thiry-nine-year-old Luqman Abdunnur was shot and Tasered at one of these stops as he is a subject of an RCMP national secuirty investigation. more>>
Air force orders more bomb for ISIL battle
(Oct 31) The Canadian military has ordered more smart bombs kits as it prepares for a campaign in Iraq. CF-18 fighter jets are now is Kuwait and are ready to begin bombing areas held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. more>>
Athabascan returns home
(Oct 30) HMCS Athabaskan returned to its home port of Halifax today after a successful deployment on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Athabascan conducted joint operations, supported multiple aircraft patrol sorties, and participated in six intercept operations, one of which resulted in the successful disruption of 820 kg of cocaine.
Al-Qaida reaches out to ISIL
(Oct 30) Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to join forces with the Islamic State. more>>
Walt Natynczyk moving to Veterans Affairs
(Oct 30) The head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving to become deputy veterans affairs minister after barely more than a year on the job. This is good news to Veterans with mental health issues as wife Leslie Natynczyk has long been a champion for the mental health cause. more>>
France wants to build our warships
(Oct 30) French military shipbuilder DCNS wants a seat at Canada's defence procurement table to be able to bid on Canadian shipbuilding contracts. more>>
Calls for security balance
(Oct 30) The Conservative government is considering how to deal with people who condone terrorist attacks on the web and how low the threshold should be for when security officials have reasonable grounds to act on suspicions to possible terrorist attacks. more>>
CF-18s set to launch against ISIL
(Oct 29) The soldier commanding CF-18 fighter jets and other aircraft deployed to the Middle East says theses forces are "on target" to launch operations against Islamic State jihadists by Saturday. more>>
Norway seeks balance with Russia
(Oct 29) Norway must achieve a delicate balance in its relationship with Russia in spite of its strong commitment to NATO in order to become strong allies. more>>
Arctic patrol ships budget insufficient
(Oct 29) Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer said there is little chance the government can afford to buy between six and eight vessels on a budget of $3.1 billion. The number of ships could drop to three unless the budget is increased by a minimum of $470 million. more>>
RCMP chief seeks added powers
(Oct 28) Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, wants more power to flag radicalized Canadians as the terror threat in Canada shifts from large organizations to attackers who act alone following the attacks on Parliament last Wednesday. more>>
Bill would let CSIS spy on Canadians while abroad
(Oct 28) The federal government had introduced a bill to boost the ability of the country's spy agency to monitor Canadians which also includes small changes to citizenship rules. more>>
Co-operation among Hill security
(Oct 27) The security operations fro the House of Commons and Senate will be working together as a single force to better co-ordinate protection within the parliamentary precinct following last week's shooting. more>>
Ottawans line the overpasses of 416 with flags
In anticipation of the transfer of the body of Cpl Nathan Cirillo, Ottawans have been lining the overpasses of the 416 highway with flags to greet the procession as it moves towards the Highway of Heroes.
Gunmans deadly run caught on camera
(Oct 24) Video surveillance shows that it took only ninety seconds for Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the twenty-three-year-old man who shot Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial, to get from Wellington Street to the Centre Block where he died in a hail of gunfire. more>>
Chaos on the hill
(Oct 23) A terrorist struck at the heart of the federal government after gunning down, twenty-four-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo a sentry at the National War Memorial. The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, thirty-two, was shot and killed near the Library of Parliament by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. more>>
Security boosted across Canada
(Oct 23) Most provinces are stepping up vigilance after the shooting in the downtown area as well as Parliament. Vehicles entering Canadian Forces Base in Halifax are being subjected to increased security measures. more>>
Canadian Forces react to attacks on soldiers
(Oct 23) After the killing of a Canadian Soldier in downtown Ottawa and a shootout on Parliament hill, the Canadian Forces and many other security are taking more aggressive precautions. In some of the military's Ottawa locations, soldiers are being told not to wear uniforms traveling to and from work. Many RCMP in uniform and in normal attire are being placed around downtown and close to Parliament for more protection. more>>
Chief of the Defence Staff makes a statement
(Oct 22) The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, issued the following statement: “It is with great sadness that I learned that Corporal Nathan Cirillo succumbed to the injuries he suffered after being shot while on sentry duty at the National War Memorial this morning. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Cpl Cirillo’s family, friends and loved ones during this shocking time of loss, and pledge our support for them, as we would the families of any of our men and women who fall in the performance of their duty.
“While the incident is under investigation, we will continue to collaborate with our Government of Canada partners to assess the current security environment and are evaluating the need for additional security measures at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) installations within the National Capital Region and elsewhere in Canada to ensure the on-going safety of our members, and the entire Defence Team.
“This event, coupled with Monday’s tragedy in Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu which resulted in the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, is a loss which saddens us all. Yet we remain undeterred in our mission to protect Canada and Canadians. We will carry on all our missions at home and abroad in a steadfast, resolute and vigilant manner, and serve our nation and her people.”
Two soldiers killed in two days on our soil
(Oct 22) RCMP have confirmed that the soldier shot in the chest at the War Memorial this morning has died of his wound. Our condolences to his family. We have yet to learn anything about the Ottawa shooter who was subsequently gunned down inside Parliament Hill. Police seem to suspect one or more other shooters are still hiding in the area.
One shooter taken down inside Parliament Hill
(Oct 22) Ottawa Police have indicated the shooter who ran into Parliament Hill after shooting two members of the Canadian Forces at the War Memorial, has been neutralized, however, it appears there is more than one shooter. Three locations have seen shots fired: War Memorial, Parliament Hill, and the Rideau Centre Shopping Centre close by. Unconfirmed reports indicate as many as 50 shots have been fired. The situation continues to unfold.
Submarine hunt ongoing
(Oct 22) Although officials have not blamed any country for the suspected submarine intrusion into its EEZ, however, Russia is a suspected. Defence critics question whether Sweden's military cuts may impede efforts at finding the intruding submarine among thousands of islands and reefs in the waters near Stockholm. more>>
Soldier shot at War Memorial in Ottawa today
(Oct 22) At about 9am today, a Canadian Forces soldier has been shot, reportedly in the chest, by an assailant who then fled to Parliament Hill where another shot was reported to have been fired. News reports indicate the shooter has been apprehended, possibly by gun shot. The soldier has been taken to the hospital. We are awaiting word on his status.
CF-18s set off to fight Islamic State
(Oct 22) Canadian fighter jets took off to Kuwait on an international combat mission against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. Roughly six hundred personnel, six fighters and three support planes are on route. more>>
Air power makes a difference
(Oct 22) Kobani, an old railway town in northern Syria is under siege by the Islamic State and was supposed to have fallen to the extremists. Canada is dispatching its planes to join the coalition causing ISIL to retreat from Kobani for now. more>>
How safe are our soldiers at home?
(Oct 22) Canadian Forces members are being told to "remain vigilant", highlighting fears that military personnel could become targets at home after 53-year-old soldier was killed in hit-and-run. more>>
Mounties tried to intervene before car attack
(Oct 22) The RCMP had been working with Martin Couture Rouleau, also known as Ahmad, to help him overcome his extremist thinking just eleven days before Rouleau ran down two Canadian Forces members killing one. more>>
Aircraft and aircrews depart for Kuwait
(Oct 21) Six CF18 Hornet fighter aircraft, a C150 Polaris refueller, two CP140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, and their respective aircrews left Cold Lake today in support of Operation IMPACT, which provides assistance to security forces who are fighting against Islamic State jihadists. Approximately 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, including aircrew support elements, such as command and control and logistics, will now be in the area under Op IMPACT.
U.S. benefits paid to Nazi suspects
(Oct 21) Investigations are being put into place by a senior House Democrat to investigate millions of dollars in Social Security benefits that are suspected to go to Nazi war criminals. more>>
One soldier injured another killed by “radicalized” youth
(Oct 21) Martin 'Ahmad' Rouleau was shot dead by police after he rammed his vehicle into two Canadian Forces members in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. One CF member died from his injuries. Ahmad was "radicalized" to carrying out terrorist attack. more>>
Swedes hunt for mystery submarine
(Oct 21) Swedish HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjarden in the search for the elusive submarine spotted in the area. Russia blames the Netherlands but the Swedish confirm the sub is not one of the Dutch. more>>
Turkey helps Iraqi Kurdish forces into Kobani
(Oct 21) Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurds to cross the Syrian border to fight the Islamic State militants in Kobani. more>>
Advances on Iraq could be stopped
(Oct 20) The US can halt the Islamic State's Advance but the feud between Iraq's Sunni minority and its Shia majority, who dominate the government, is immense. Holding together a fragmenting Iraq may be beyond the West's capabilities. more>>
Intel agency follows money trail
(Oct 20) Canada's financial intelligence agency is actively helping police and spies follow money coffers of Islamic extremists fighting overseas. more>>
Military may get back budget cuts
The Canadian Forces has seen their funding slashed post Afghanistan, but that may change, as the government considers adding part or all of the $3.1 billion removed from the military's budget last February. more>>
Plan to boost spies powers scrutinized
(Oct 17) The Federal government CSIS proposal may face legal challenges when introducing legislation. more>>
Chaplain branch returns to historical name
(Oct 17) Military Chaplains regain the historical name, Royal Canadian Chaplain Service. more>>
CSIS Gains power to track terrorist suspects
(Oct 16) The federal government is debating on new measures to enhance federal security agents' power in tracking suspected terrorists. more>>
Navy’s combat readiness questioned
(Oct 15) The RCN is facing serious challenges to meet its combat readiness requirements, according to a DND review. Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, commander of the navy, says the navy continues to find new efficiencies and ways to meet the mandate set by the Canadian government. more>>
Strategy meeting for combat ISIL
(Oct 15) Gen. Tom Lawson, representing Canada, met at the White House to discuss the mission against the terrorist network in Iraq and Syria. more>>
DND review forcing wounded out of military
(Oct 15) The National Defence continue to look over the policy that forces wounded soldiers out of the military causing countless career endings for those who wish to stay in uniform. more>>
Canadian bases are being surveyed by Russia
(Oct 15) Despite a suspension of military co-operation between the two countries, Russia is conduction a military monitoring mission over Canada. more>>
Tories defend pulling out of NATO program
(Oct 15) The Conservative government is defending Canada's withdrawl from NATO even though Canada is benefiting. more>>
Kurds halt Jihadi advances in Syria
(Oct 14) Kurdish fighters claim to have halted the advance of Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where the U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes for more than two weeks. more>>
HMCS Toronto Joins Noble Justification
(Oct 14) HMCS Toronto joins noble justification as a part of her NATO operation reassurance deployment in response to Russia's aggressive military actions against Ukraine. Toronto will conduct training exercises from October 13-26.
Will Military Get Cash?
(Oct 14) In the 2014 budget, the Defence Department was shorn of $3 billion that had been earmarked for imminent procurements. In the past four years, the defence budget has dropped to the point where spending as a ratio to GDP may be hovering at or just below one per cent, which is Liberal “decade of darkness” territory. more>>
DND to report on military health at CDMA
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, is attending the 11th biennial Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas. The CDMA is being hosted this year in Arequipa, Peru from October 12-14. Canada will report on the topic of military health. This will provide an opportunity to showcase Canada\'s military health service system and share experiences and expertise.
Stephen Harper intervenes in purchase of new missiles
(Oct 11) The Prime Minister decides in favour of the $800 million purchase of the sea sparrow missiles to arm the frigates of the RCN. The decision to sole-source yet another procurement won out over the objections of Treasury Board president Tony Clement. more>>
Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian military airplane
(Oct 10) Two Canadian fighter jets intercepted and shadowed a Russian AN-26 as it entered and exited international airspace. The plane was traveling from one Russian port to another, this is the second such occurrence since August. more>>
Condolences to the family and friends of Blair Watson
FrontLine has lost a dedicated employee due to a pulmonary embolism. Blair Watson, who has written articles in FrontLine Defence and FrontLine Security magazines, as well as informing our online audiences with news highlights over a number of years now, died suddenly at his desk in Kelowna, British Columbia, on October 3rd, at the age of 50. Rest in peace Blair, we will miss you.
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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).

Reminder: AIAC Summit Nov 18-19
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>>
Vector Aerospacenew and renewed contracts
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).
Oshkosh: new driver-assist safety systems
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 Canada awards $80M contract
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.
A400M for Germany leaves the paintshop
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).

Lockheed awarded SEWIP contract for USN
(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.
Paralympic Committee offers new resource
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 completes IMIC3 trials
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.
Airbus delivers to USCG
(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).
Tug restored by Seaspan
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 MRO quality certification
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.
Static aviation display at CANSEC-15
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) has issued the first ever RFI for a static aviation display. CADSI, in collaboration with the National Research Council's Flight Research Centre, will host the static display area on the NRC tarmac, which is conveniently located across the street from the CANSEC 2015 event venue. Transportation will be provided to and from the NRC tarmac for all registrants of the event. Click here for RFI document: more>>
French Fremm begins sea trials
The FREMM Provence, intended for the French Navy, just completed its first sea outing on October 1st. This event marks the start of the vessel’s sea trials, which will be conducted off the Brittany coast over the next few weeks.

Cassidian now Airbus DS Optronics
(Oct 1) Effective today, Cassidian Optronics is a 100% subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, and will operate as Airbus DS Optronics GmbH. The Management led by CEO Ralf Klaedtke will remain unchanged. The Canadian office of Airbus DS Optronics will be under the leadership of Simon Jacques.
A400M in final testing
(Sept 29) The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests before delivery. The A400M will replace Germany's aging C-160 Transall fleet. Its TP400 engines provide nearly 8-times as much installed power as the C-160. It can carry twice the load of its predecessor over intercontinental distances at speeds comparable to more expensive jet aircraft, and can land on short or unprepared airstrips close to the scene of military or humanitarian action.

MEADS & MFCR Performance Tests
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany’s air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of the German customer and guests from MEADS partner nations. This was the first time the MFCR has been operated in Germany.
BGen Chapman joins WWC Board
Brigadier-General Julian Chapman, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Central/ Land Force Central Area, will join the Board of Wounded Warriors Canada, a non-profit organization that helps wounded or injured CAF members (reg. force, reservists or retired).
Irving production facility progressing
(Sep 3) The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding marked the installation of the final piece of steel frame for the production facility that will produce the Navy’s newest combat fleet starting in September 2015. Irving has committed more than $310M in Canada to date for goods and services related to the NSPS, including its Yard Modernization program and work underway on the AOPS Definition Contract.
Tim Page joins Seaspan Shipyards
(Aug 5) Tim Page has joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President, Govt Relations. The Seaspan team will benefit from Tim's 30+ years of leadership and senior management experience across diverse sectors, including his 9 years in Ottawa as president of 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.
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