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(Aug 28) Analysts from Tactix Government Relations and Public Affairs have condensed the latest election points into a concise and easy-to-compare listin. Read on for details of the latest promises from the four parties. more>>
(Aug 28) A new report by two American think tanks asserts that Pakistan may be building 20 nuclear warheads annually and could have the world’s third-largest nuclear stockpile within a decade. more>>
(Aug 28) The Conservatives are using former members of the Canadian military to act as security guards at their election campaign events, in addition to the RCMP officers who are assigned to the Stephen Harper’s personal detail. more>>
(Aug 28) Canadian fighter pilots have been accused of killing civilians during a Jan. 21 air strike in Iraq – an allegation the military has kept under wraps until now. The Canadian Armed Forces, which revealed this information in response to a question from The Globe and Mail, say they’ve nevertheless found no evidence to back up this accusation. more>>
(Aug 27) The Canadian government spent $1.6 million to ship $5 million worth of surplus tents, sleeping bags and other military goods last August to Ukraine, according to figures obtained by the Ottawa Citizen. more>>
(Aug 27) The Canadian government weighed the impact on Israel of selling $15-billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, as part of an early effort to identify obstacles to this massive deal, and then informed the London, Ont., manufacturer it could find no “red flags [or] objections” to the transaction, e-mails show. more>>
(Aug 27) Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, in a speech on Thursday, cited enhanced ability for Australian and US military forces to work together, more joint exercises and the maintenance of high levels of mission readiness. more>>
(Aug 26) Ireland’s defence policy framework for the next decade sets out the defence policy response to security challenges, including the defence contribution to international peace and security. more>>
(Aug 26) In 2015, the United States will have a declared military and defense budget of $601 billion, which is more than the next seven highest spending countries combined. Here is how the United States spends that money. more>>
(Aug 26) The U.S. Army yesterday awarded the Oshkosh Corporation located in Oshkosh, WI, a $6.7 billion firm fixed price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. more>>
(Aug 26) The US Air Force is pushing back on reports the Pentagon's top weapons tester is planning to pit the F-35 joint strike fighter against the legacy A-10 Warthog for comparative testing, arguing such an exercise would be irrelevant in light of the new jet's capability. more>>
(Aug 26) Aside from some policy announcements during the election campaign, defence procurement hasn’t really come up at all in public debate—and Canada’s defence community is saying it’s about time that Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau bring out their big guns on the file. more>>
(Aug 26) Ottawa is contractually obliged to keep secret the details of a controversial $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia – a transaction that Stephen Harper personally assured the country’s monarch will be guaranteed by the Canadian government, documents say. more>>
(Aug 26) Coming off a round of summer campaigning with Bloc Québécois chief Gilles Duceppe, Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau said Tuesday an independent Quebec would demand its share of federal assets — from post offices to CF-18 fighter-bombers. more>>
(Aug 25) When it comes to making decisions on defence capability, the needs of the Australian Defence Force must – and will always – come first, says Kevin Andrews, Australia's Minister for Defence more>>
(Aug 25) Ukrainian servicemen have intimate knowledge of Russia's military tactics, which makes them of great value to US and NATO troops. more>>
Orders for defence products from Turkish companies totalled more than USD11 billion for 2014, the Defence Industry Manufacturers Association told a state-run news agency on 21 August. The orders, for both the domestic and export markets, have grown 21% annually for the past five years, according to the Anadolu Agency, which published the figure. more>>
(Aug 25) The Pentagon will deploy the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to Europe as part of the "European Reassurance Initiative" that seeks to assuage US allies' concerns about Russian activity in the Ukraine, the US Air Force's (USAF's) senior civilian leader said during a 24 August Pentagon briefing. more>>
(Aug 25) The US Air Force could soon have a new air-delivered tool in its arsenal for destroying chemical and biological weapons – a Hammer, fittingly, or Heated And Mobile Munitions Employing Rockets. more>>
(Aug 25) Ukraine's president vowed to increase troop numbers to fend off attacks by Russia-backed separatist rebels and warned his countrymen that there is still the threat of a "large-scale invasion," in an impassioned speech to mark Independence Day on Monday. more>>
(Aug 25) South Korea has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts at noon Tuesday after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, the countries announced after three days of intense talks aimed at pulling the rivals back from the brink of war. more>>
(Aug 25) Given the stark divergence between the Conservatives and the New Democrats, it would be rather strange to expect the New Democrats to propose higher military spending than the Conservatives. But don’t be dumbfounded if it happens, says Lawrence Martin in The Globe and Mail. more>>
(Aug 24) The case of a former civilian defence employee, left as a paraplegic by a horrific military transport crash in the Arctic, has been dismissed by a Federal Court judge. Bob Thomson, whose 1991 ordeal was made into a movie over 20 years ago, had pleaded with Veterans Affairs and its appeal body to be treated on par with those in uniform. more>>
Canadian Armed Forces personnel are in Inuvik, Fort Smith and a number of other Northwest Territories communities for an annual exercise known as Operation Nanook. Exercises are expected to be complete by the end of August. more>>
(Aug 24) The hack of Ashley Madison, a website designed to help users have an affair, by a group called "Impact Team" lead to the discovery of up to 15,000 accounts which registered using a US military email address, such as us.army.mil. more>>
(Aug 24) Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political division at home. more>>
(Aug 24) South Korea's president on Monday vowed a hard line and signaled Seoul's mounting frustration as marathon negotiations by senior officials from the rival Koreas stretched into a third day. more>>
(Aug 24) Cyclists at a major racing event in Norway got the surprise of a lifetime when they passed through a military base and found themselves joined by a tank. A battalion commander at the Setermoen military camp told The Local he wanted to give a "special welcome" to the cyclists of the Arctic Race of Norway when they passed through the area. more>>
(Aug 24) Shocking eyewitness footage has emerged of a series of explosions that struck a US military storage building at Sagamihara City in north-central Kanagawa, Japan. Emergency services rushed to contain the burning unit on Sunday as helicopters circled overhead, and ten fire engines attempted to extinguish the blaze. more>>
(Aug 24) The Chilean Navy supply ship, the Almirante Montt, is the newest recruit, albeit a temporary one, for Canada’s navy. Since early July, it has been going out to sea on refuelling and resupply missions for Canadian warships. more>>
(Aug 24) British police say the death toll from an airshow crash is “highly likely” to increase to 11 people after a Hawker Hunter single-seater fighter jet slammed into a busy main road while participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England. more>>
(Aug 22) The Department of National Defence has loosened its information blackout during the election period, now acknowledging that releasing some details of military exercises won’t undermine the democratic process. more>>
(Aug 22) The B-52 Stratofortress isn't the only seemly geriatric weapon system still active in the U/S. military. Here are some of the oldest weapons still in service. more>>
(Aug 22) Military pressure on Ukraine from Russia and the separatists that Moscow supports is likely to last decades and future generations will have to undergo military training, President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. more>>
(Aug 22) Sweden will increase its military cooperation with the United States, according to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. In an interview published on Saturday, he said the reason was Russian actions which had unsettled the security situation in Europe. more>>
(Aug 22) North and South Korea sat down to urgent top-level talks Saturday, seeking some way out of an escalating crisis that has pushed both their militaries to the brink of an armed conflict. more>>
(Aug 22) Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese reports on an increasing concern among some in the United States and Europe about the possibility that the standoff in eastern Europe between Russia and the West could somehow end in war. more>>
(Aug 22) The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern Iraq, when he was killed Tuesday. more>>
(Aug 21) North Korea on Friday declared a "quasi-state of war in frontline areas" facing the rival South and said it was ready for military operations after tensions jumped a day earlier with shells fired across the world's most heavily armed border. more>>
(Aug 21) Airbus Helicopters is working on a new version of its Tiger attack helicopter, dubbed the Tiger Mk3. The work is being conducted under an 'architecture study' commissioned by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on 31 July. more>>
A new US Air Force (USAF) strategy document has suggested the development of a future close-air support (CAS) platform. Released on 10 August by the US Air Combat Command (ACC), the 2015 strategy said the service plans to "explore opportunities" for development of a new CAS capability. more>>
(Aug 21) The U.S. military has launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The confirmed launch Wednesday at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aeronautical part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS. more>>
(Aug 21) Recognition for our contributions and participation in NATO over the past 66 years is overdue, says Tim Dunne in The Chronicle Herald. We have been punching above our weight pretty much since the beginning, when Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent first proposed a “single mutual defence system.” more>>
(Aug 20) George Petrolekas writes in The Globe and Mail: Normally, in Canadian elections, defence is an afterthought. In the past decade, defence featured because of our engagement in Afghanistan. This time, defence may form, in part, the path to power. more>>
(Aug 20) Over 600 federal government email addresses appear on a list of people who subscribed to the Canadian-owned Web site Ashley Madison, which caters to married people hoping to have an affair. A total of 163 subscribers appeared to have used the @forces.gc.ca domain assigned to the military. more>>
(Aug 20) Men and women sentenced to or serving time in a federal penitentiary should be given the opportunity to complete their sentences, or a portion of them, volunteering in the Canadian military. That, at least, is the opinion of Jose Vivar, a federal inmate, in an op-ed piece in The Kingston Whig-Standard. more>>
(Aug 20) South Korea fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single rocket at a South Korean town near the world’s most heavily armed border, the South’s Defence Ministry said. more>>
(Aug 19) Russia is moving air defense systems modified for the harsh Arctic environment to key areas near its borders with Norway and the US, the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) notes in its August 2015 report. more>>
(Aug 19) The navy's urgent need for a supply ship recently prompted the Harper government to quietly change regulations governing sole-source military purchases, but it also put a future government on the hook if an arrangement with a Quebec shipyard falls through. more>>
(Aug 18) At least $9 billion of taxpayers' money will be wasted by Australia's sprawling Defence Department in the next four years because of a lack of technical know-how, according to unions. A "skills crisis" in the ADF and Defence Department is eroding the nation's ability to defend itself and risking the lives of sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel, according to the technical union Professionals Australia. more>>
Previous Press Releases
The Emirate of Kuwait has contracted Rheinmetall to supply it with 12 state-of-the-art armoured NBC reconnaissance vehicles, the 2 NBC-RS “Spürfuchs”. Now binding, the order also includes comprehensive support in the form of training, service and spare parts. Delivery of the vehicle commences in 2017.
After nearly 13 years Francis Bleeker has left Colt Canada, which manufactures the C7 suite of assault weapons for the Canadian Armed Forces. While representing Canada’s Small Arms Centre of Excellence he was responsible for its international sales, marketing and offsets. A well-known face in the Canadian defence industry, Bleeker chaired the International Committee of CADSI and was a member of its Government Relations Committee. Francis has accepted a new position in the defence industry in the UAE, to begin in September. more>>
(Aug 19) Irving Shipbuilding of Canada has awarded BAE Systems a contract to deliver up to six modified 25mm Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program. more>>
The integrated communications system from Rohde & Schwarz has been selected by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The two companies concluded a contract to equip three Type 26 Global Combat Ships each with a communications system. The ships will be deployed by the Royal Navy, and follow-up orders are in the pipeline.
Airbus Defence and Space, with team partner Lockheed Martin Overseas Services Corporation (LMOSC), will be re-winging the German Navy fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The companies will upgrade eight aircraft over the next eight year.
(17 July) A series of ground based tests have been completed at Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi in Turin-Caselle and at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, in readiness for Eurofighter Typhoon flight trials with MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile, due to take place in the UK later this year. more>>
(July 17) The upcoming new Mission: Impossible movie, Rogue Nation, features a dangerous stunt by Tom Cruise, in which he runs across a taxiing Airbus A400M and then clings on as it takes off. The movie will be released on July 31st. more>>
The Egyptian Navy took delivery of the French FREMM, currently named Normandie, in June after some outfitting work, and the first phase of a training programme. Logistics and support services provided to the Egyptian Navy will continue over several years. The multi-mission vessel will be taken from the series currently under construction for the French Navy. To ensure that operational capacities of the French Navy will not be affected, DCNS will speed up the rate of production of subsequent ships. more>>
General Dynamics Canada has announce it has changed its name to General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada. This name change is intended to better reflect its products and technologies. more>>
The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, powered by Rolls-Royce, has been selected by the Republic of Korea as its future air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft after an open and objective competition. According to Pablo Molina, “the A330 MRTT has won every tanker competition since it entered the market, and has now been selected by nine nations plus the European Defence Agency.” more>>
(june 24) DND has announced that Colt Canada has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to replace the Canadian Ranger’s Lee Enfield rifle. This contract will provide the Canadian Rangers with the opportunity to test the new rifle design over the summer. Following subsequent design amendments, a second contract will be awarded to Colt Canada to produce 6500 rifles, which will be phased into use by the Rangers between mid-2016 and late-2019. more>>
After an open competition, the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has purchased four C295W aircraft to enhance its capabilities. The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs. more >>
Airbus Helicopters has announced the launch of a new office in the Mirabel Helico complex in Mirabel, Quebec. The state-of-the-art facility will support the Quebec rotary wing community and provide an outlet for corporate events and fly-ins. Quebec is home to more than 200 Airbus Helicopters, which represents almost one third of the Airbus Helicopter fleet in Canada, flying for parapublic, private and commercial operators. The Airbus Helicopters office team will provide aircraft sales, training, technical support and parts ordering.
A new generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) system to provide maritime surveillance out to 200 nautical miles has been successfully developed by Raytheon Canada under a DRDC contract that was competitively awarded. The Technology Demonstration Project, entitled Persistent Active Surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone (PASE), has completed exhaustive technical evaluations and system acceptance testing.
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its 721S radios to the Royal Canadian Navy fleet, enhancing networking communication capability.
Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new protection system, called Multirole Jammer, that combines the highest efficiency countering radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) with comprehensive monitoring of the signal spectrum and tactical communication jamming. Visit CANSEC Booth #401 for info.
DCNS, a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector, will participate in this yearï¿½s CANSEC Exhibition in Ottawa (May 27 and 28) The Group intends to develop naval engineering and industrial partnerships in Canada through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, DCNS Technologies Canada Inc. DCNS proposes to adapt its FREMM frigate design to the Canadian requirements for the Surface Combatant. Visit CANSEC booth #1428
On May 28th, together with Canadian WWII veterans who in 1945 helped liberate the Netherlands, Rear-Admiral Ben Bekkering, Deputy Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, will attend the “70 years liberation concert” aboard HNLMS Karel Doorman in the harbour of Montreal. The next day, the Rear-Admiral and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade H.E. Ploumen will be at the Maritime Business Event, where representatives of the Dutch and Canadian maritime industries will meet.
Rheinmetall will be displaying a broad spectrum of its defence technology systems and products at the CANSEC show (27-28 May). The Düsseldorf-based high-tech enterprise will be emphasizing its wide-ranging expertise in the maritime domain, which visitors can see for themselves at Booth #1121.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the Small Diameter Bomb II Milestone C decision briefing, paving the way for the program to enter low rate initial production. The SDB II employs Raytheon's revolutionary tri-mode seeker and can strike targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles, with a dynamic warhead that can destroy both soft and hard targets. The bomb can also change targets in-flight through the use of a secure datalink.
Seaspan has announced that it has selected as its new President. Reynolds holds an MBA from the University of Texas, as well as a BBA and a BA from the University of New Mexico. He joins Seaspan with over 20 years experience in positions of leadership and senior management, the last 15 of which have consisted of positions in the offshore supply boat business in the United States, West Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America, including as Vice President, Americas at GulfMark Offshore Inc.
(20 May) On behalf of the federal government, today British Columbia government officials will recognize Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as one of the many B.C. businesses to receive a Canada Job Grant.
Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 program has moved from low-rate to full-rate production, clearing the path for significantly increased production numbers and focus on further cost-reduction opportunities. SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile capable of successfully engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. It also defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight.
(24 Apr) An H125 rotorcraft chartered by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation has joined rescue activity in Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert region, where the heaviest rainfall in 80 years has caused massive flooding and landslides.
With support provided by Airbus Helicopters representatives in Chile, the Santiago-based H125 from Transporte Aereo Albatros Ltda. was flown to the affected zone, where it began transporting search and rescue personnel. This rotorcraft has also been available for flights to locate those trapped or isolated by the natural disaster.
Recent downpours in the Atacama Desert region – which normally is one of the world’s driest areas – destroyed homes and bridges, cut off roads, and left thousands stranded as rivers broke their banks and flash floods filled dry valleys.
DCNS has just obtained a contract for providing through life support (TLS) until 2020 to the six nuclear-fueled attack submarines in service in the French National Navy and based in Toulon. Announced by the Fleet Support Department, the contract became effective 1 April 2015 to provide TLS to the entire fleet of nuclear attack submarines, which comprises six Rubis-type ships as well as preliminary servicing for Suffren, the First of Class of the Barracuda submarines. The contract also includes the operation of Toulon's nuclear infrastructures, the tools as well as the simulators of the National school of submariners.
Seaspan Marine announced that Jenny Gethings has joined its team as Vice President, Business Development. Jenny has more than 25 years in the marine industry, including port operations and cargo logistics. She most recently served as Director of Global Projects for Schenker Canada, where she was responsible for numerous projects worldwide.
Germany announced it would buy at least 103 modernized Leopard 2s, reportedly bringing Germany's total number of tanks to at least 328. German Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said the country will spend $23 million on this project, which includes upgrading A6 tanks to A7 capability. more>>
L-3 Brashear has delivered a High-Energy Laser Beam Director to Defence Research and Development Canada to enhance its mobile characterization and development lab. L-3 worked with leading scientists at DRDC to design and build a ruggedized HEL BD for use at open field test ranges. The trailer-mounted HEL BD includes a vision system, aiming aids, and a multi-kilowatt optical system, allowing the operator to adjust the spot size of the beam on target to evaluate the laser’s capabilities. The development effort will allow establishment of potential requirements for an HEL-based military system.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has signed a contract with PWGSC for the supply of 7 Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The C$155 million contract is part of the CCG’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in June 2016, with subsequent helicopters to be delivered every three months thereafter. This contract follows a CCG contract announced in May 2014 for 15 Bell 429 helicopters (the first of which was delivered in March 2015).
Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded the implementation subcontract (valued at more than C$170M) as command and surveillance system integrator for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new class of Patrol Ships, by Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) Prime Contractor, Irving Shipbuilding. As one of Irving’s Tier 1 suppliers for delivering the AOPS vessels as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), Lockheed Martin Canada is responsible for key integration of data and information sources to increase the ships’ situational awareness and provide command, control and decision support at all levels of command for the new vessels.