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(Mar 2) Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. more>>
(Mar 2) Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds. more>>
(Mar 2) Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli. more>>
(Feb 26) Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against ISIS in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts. more>>
(Feb 19) Systems Integration, is recognized worldwide by the global shipbuilding community as THE most complex and intricate aspect of building naval warships. Other countries choose among the most experienced systems integrators as their Prime Contractors for such a build. Not Canada. Thanks to PWGSC's shipbuilding contracting inexperience, they have chosen a shipbuilder with no internal Systems Integration experience to lead the entire project. How inexperienced? PWGSC's choice did not even have facilities to handle such a project until the recent upgrades on their shipyard infrastructure, which had fallen into disrepair after decades of low activity. more>>
(Feb 25) Residents of an apartment building in NDG were woken to the sound of sirens coming from down bellow. All cars in the parking garage had been vandalized with red swastikas painted on them and broken windshields. Other items had been left behind as well as a bullet inside the car with a note that said that one of theses will be in your head. more>>
(Feb 25) A Palestinian mosque was set alight in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the attack was carried out by a far-right Israeli group, officials said. No one was hurt in the overnight attack. more>>
(Feb 24) In an hour-long video posted to YouTube over the weekend, the al-Qaeda-linked terror group recapped its attack on Kenya’s upscale Westgate Mall in 2013 that left 67 people dead. A man whose face is concealed by a headscarf then calls for similar attacks on shopping malls in the United States, Europe and Canada, including the massive West Edmonton Mall. Despite the threat, many shoppers still visited the mall Monday. more>>
(Feb 23) Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said the Army's nascent vehicle modernization strategy calls for each formation to have a balance of mobility, protection and lethality for its mission. more>>
(Feb 23) It’s still quiet on the CF-18 front in Iraq, at least for now. The Canadian Forces doesn’t have any new updates on bombing runs. Feb. 13 was the last one (at least publicly released) with the jets leading other coalition fighter planes in an attack on a building suspected of being used by ISIL to make improvised explosive devices or IED which Canadian Navy Capt. Paul Forget of Canadian Joint Operations Command said Thursday, that the attack on the IED factory was significant in measuring success. more>>
(Feb 23) U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter intends to examine the intellectual underpinnings of the strategy against IS, including the bombing campaigns and their connection to broader political and regional goals, a senior defense official said. more>>
(Feb 23) Canada’s Army will have to increase the size of its equipment management team for the Leopard 2 family. more>>
(Feb 23) Toronto police are joining some of the regional forces in doing an end run around police scanners, forever changing the way media gather news. more>>
(Feb 19) Following extensive training alongside their British military counterparts, a second group of CAF personnel departed the UK for Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. Operation SIRONA provides continued support to efforts combating the Ebola epidemic. This rotation will relieve the first group of CAF military doctors, nurses, medics, and support staff at the UK’s Kerry Town Treatment Unit (KTTU). The command team, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Gary O’Neil, will remain in place and oversee a detailed handover period. Canadians, alongside British counterparts, are providing essential medical care to local and international healthcare workers and local nationals.
(Feb 18) Islamic State militants hope to flood the north African state with militiamen from Syria and Iraq, who will then sail across the Mediterranean posing as migrants on people trafficking vessels as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe. more>>
(Feb 17) Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists persisted around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine - fighting that threatens to dash a ceasefire deal brokered by European leaders last week. more>>
(Feb 17) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has signed a deal with India to receive training for his country’s civilian nuclear program, a sign of improving ties as he looks to reduce the island nation’s dependence on China. more>>
(Feb 17) At least seven civilians, including three children, have been killed in Egyptian air strikes in northeast Libya.
The bombings came as Cairo vowed to find those responsible for the beheadings of twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians kidnapped by fighters pledging allegiance to ISIL in Libyas Sirte more>>
(Feb 17) Canada’s air and ground mission battling Islamic State extremists in Iraq has cost $122 million so far, new figures show. more>>
(Feb 13) Finance Minister Joe Oliver has asked the House of Commons finance committee to launch an investigation into terrorist financing, saying "more can be done" and that recent incidents highlight the threat it poses to Canadians. more>>
(Feb 13) The new Minsk agreement says that Poroshenko will get his border back only after he has delivered full legal autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk, and Putin promises, once again, to keep the pledges that he has already made and broken. more>>
(Feb 12) Jason Kenney, Canada's newest Minister of National Defence, issued a statement welcoming the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter. “Defence and security relations between our two countries are longstanding, well-entrenched and highly successful. As a new defence minister myself, I look forward to building upon this strong partnership with Secretary Carter as the U.S. and Canada work together to defend North America and to face the challenges of the current security environment, including countering the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Russian aggression in Ukraine.“ more>>
(Feb 12) Federal budget cuts have been quietly clipping the wings of the Canadian military, with the air force’s fighter jets, search-and-rescue helicopters and other aircraft spending more time on the ground in an attempt to save money. more>>
General Tom Lawson has announced senior appointments for 2015. Click this link for details: more>>
(Feb 11) Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an unprecedented rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, US intelligence officials said. more>>
(Feb 11) The Department of National Defence is looking to spend $17 million to hire a contractor to provide maintenance and support services at its Dwyer Hill counter-terrorism base over a three-year period. more>>
(Feb 11) Canadian special forces from Petawawa are operating near a town in Niger that has been the scene of heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic extremists. more>>
(Feb 10) President Obama said Monday that he would wait for the outcome of peace talks before deciding whether to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. Such assistance would represent a striking break with European allies who say that arming the country against Russian aggression would make the conflict worse. more>>
(Feb 9) After the departure of John Baird from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, this morning named Rob Nicholson as his new Foreign Affairs Minister and Jason Kenney to replace Nicholson at the Department of National Defence. Kenney will keep his responsibilities as minister for multiculturalism. more>>
(Feb 9) Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defence officials, have signalled a willingness to come to an agreement to clinch a deal setting long-term limits on Tehran’s enrichment of uranium and other activity that could produce material for use in nuclear weapons. more>>
(Feb 9) Ukraine’s top diplomat in Ottawa says Canada can do more to help his country, as Western nations debate providing weapons and other “lethal” military aid to government forces fighting Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. more>>
(Feb 9) The Department of National Defence is investigating its personnel for using government computers to wipe mentions of the alleged sexual assault of Rehtaeh Parsons from her Wikipedia page and for suggesting her death was not a suicide.
The edits, which occurred last week, went so far as to alter a direct quote from the Nova Scotia teen’s father about his daughter’s alleged gang rape. more>>
Sgt Mark Salesse, a SAR Tech from 435 Transport and Rescue Sqn, based at 17 Wing Winnipeg, is missing after an avalanche interrupted a training exercise in Banff National Park, Alberta on 5 February 2015 at around 6 p.m. Mountain Time. An experienced SAR Tech, Sgt Salesse was conducting routine mountain training with his team in an area known as Polar Circus when he was swept away by an avalanche. Parks Canada (Banff Visitor Safety Centre) is the lead agency coordinating the search with Safety Specialists, dog teams and air support working locate the missing individual. Unrelenting snowfall has hampered search efforts along with significant avalanche hazards in the area.
(Feb 6) Breaking news: Islamic State claims a female American hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike. There is no corroborating evidence, and ISIS also claims none of their group were killed in the same strike. more>>
(Feb 6) Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria’s neighbours not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group. more>>
(Feb 6) Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centres and weapons storage sites on Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot. more>>
(Feb 5) “This is our war, this is the Muslim world war, and this is the Arab’s war, because Daesh (IS) is in the fronts of Jordan, and putting threats to Saudi Arabia and to Kuwait and to other Gulf countries as well as Iraq and Syria of course, so it is logical for all of us to say and understand and accept that this is our war, especially that Daesh is committing this war on the name of Islam, which is absolutely not corrrect, and not true,” stated Mohammad Al-Momani, a Jordan Government spokesperson, in a televised statement.
(Feb 6) The Harper government struck a provocative pose Thursday, telling Russia to “back off” in Ukraine, promising to campaign for NATO membership on behalf of another former Soviet republic and urging all allies to do more. more>>
(Feb 6) The Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for Canada’s spy agency to employ foreign security services to spy on Canadians abroad. more>>
(Feb 5) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the ball squarely in Russia's court for finding a peaceful end to the devastating conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying the biggest threat Ukraine faces is "Russia's continued aggression" in the area. Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Kerry called on Russia to take steps to enable a diplomatic solution. more>>
(Feb 5) Two days after news that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, Jordan hit back with targeted airstrikes – following through on its vow of "earthshaking retaliation." more>>
(Feb 5) Awso Peshdary of Ottawa made his first appearance in court today, a day after he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to facilitate a terrorist act, among other counts. Peshdary has been ordered not to communicate with fourteen possible witnesses, including two men he was charged alongside. more>>
(Feb 4) Defence Mnister Rob Nicholson met with his French counterpart, Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, to sign a Technical Arrangement establishing a Franco-Canadian Defence Cooperation Council, ensuring that close cooperation continues between both nations in a constantly changing global security environment.
(Feb 4) A female would-be suicide bomber and other jihadists will be executed in retaliation for the killing of hostage pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh who had been burned alive in a cage on Tuesday. more>>
(Feb 4) The former business student at Algonquin college in Ottawa, Khadar Khalib, twenty-three, dropped out of sight last year after allegedly being recruited by Ottawa man, Awso Peshdary. Both men had ties to Algonquin College’s Muslim Students’ Association. Both men have been charged by the RCMP for leaving Canada to participate in activities of terror. more>>
(Feb 4) The RCMP revealed Tuesday that an extremists cluster in Ottawa has spawned two Islamic State jihadists and was trying to recruit more local young men to fight in Syria. Twenty-five year old Ottawa man Awso Peshdary, was arrested for being a key recruiter of overseas jihadists. more>>
(Feb 3) Effective immediately, Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird has resigned his Cabinet position. Within a few days, he will also step down from representing his riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. After 20 years in politics, it seems he may be time for a key position in the private sector. Baird has not yet revealed his future plans. more>>
The Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, and French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will sign two bi-lateral arrangements, followed by a joint press conference on February 4th.
(Jan 3) DND has announced that Canada will join the U.S./Ukraine Joint Commission on Defence Reform and Bilateral Cooperation in order to coordinate Canada’s ongoing provision of assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This Commission will ensure that Canada's donations and training are synchronized with those of the United States. Canada is committed to assistance in strengthening the capacity of the Ukrainian Government and its security forces to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its people. At the invitation of the Joint Commission, Canada will lead the Military Police Sub-committee and will coordinate the Joint Commission’s training assistance efforts to Ukraine’s military police.
(Feb 2) Troops repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, Nigeria. Several civilians were killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground. more>>
Previous Press Releases
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 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 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.
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>>
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.
(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.