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June 26, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

Bluedrop receives Boeing contract to provide courseware support for CH-147F Chinook

Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc., a subsidiary of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., has received an in-service support (ISS) contract with Boeing to provide ongoing support for computer-based training (CBT) courseware for maintainers of Canada’s CH-147F Chinook helicopters.

The agreement provides management and on-site support of instructor-led CBT materials used in the maintenance training classroom environment to facilitate efficient and timely updates to course materials used by training instructors with the 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. The contract performance period runs through March 31, 2023, with a value of US$2.2 million and potential for two additional option periods that could extend the contract through March 2033.

“This is an important in-service support agreement that will provide critical support for CBT courseware and will ensure the RCAF maintenance personnel at 450 Squadron in CFB Petawawa will have high quality computer aided, instructor led training,” said Jean-Claude Siew, Bluedrop vice president of technology & simulation. “We will also provide onsite support that will be established at CFB Petawawa and provide training expertise to ensure that the courseware will evolve to meet enhanced requirements such as mobile delivery and advanced instructor interactivity.

“We will provide additional support with our core team of e-learning professionals based in Halifax and utilize Bluedrop’s Learninglogics learning management system.  We thank Boeing for its continued trust in Bluedrop’s expertise and innovation capabilities of our Halifax-based training team.”

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  • Canadian military ditches plan to paint new search-and-rescue planes grey, will stick with familiar yellow

    September 24, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Canadian military ditches plan to paint new search-and-rescue planes grey, will stick with familiar yellow

    David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen Canada’s military has reversed its plan to abandon the familiar yellow paint scheme for the country’s new search-and-rescue planes after debate within the ranks over the aircraft’s need to be visible on such missions. The new fleet of 16 Airbus C-295W planes will replace the main Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue fleet of Buffalo aircraft as well as the Hercules transport planes which are also used at times in a search-and-rescue role. Postmedia reported last year that RCAF leadership had requested the new planes be painted tactical grey, asking for a change to the original contract which had stipulated the familiar yellow colour scheme, because they wanted the aircraft to be available for other missions, including combat. But the move to the grey paint scheme has now been reversed. “While there was, last year, a stated interest in painting the C-295W grey, a decision was made following further consultation to maintain the iconic yellow colour scheme of the RCAF’s current SAR fleet, such as the Buffalo, Twin Otter, Cormorant and Griffon,” the Department of National Defence said in a statement Wednesday. “This colour, which provides a higher level of visibility and recognition in the ground and the air, is also widely known by Canadians — especially those who might find themselves in a situation requiring our aid.” Asked last year about the plan to ditch the yellow paint scheme, the Forces said in a statement to Postmedia that “the RCAF has made the decision to use a grey colour scheme for the C-295W fleet to enable surging flexibility for the very wide range of missions the RCAF is required to conduct, from humanitarian and disaster relief missions, to security missions with partners, and all the way to full spectrum operations.” Military sources said RCAF leadership wanted to redirect some of the planes for use on international missions instead of search-and-rescue. But that unilateral decision sparked heated debate inside the military and DND and, sources said, the air force was forced to abandon its plans. When the federal government awarded the contract to Airbus in December 2016, cabinet ministers highlighted the importance of having the right aircraft for the search-and-rescue job. “With this technology, we are giving our women and men in uniform the tools they need to continue to deliver effective and essential search and rescue operations,” defence minister Harjit Sajjan said at the time. Construction of the first aircraft began in 2017 and the first new planes are expected to be delivered in 2019. They are outfitted with sensors that allow RCAF personnel to share real-time information with searchers on the ground. Equipment also includes sensors for searching in low-light conditions. A centre, equipped with simulators, is being built at Comox, B.C. to support training for the air crews. The RCAF’s Buffalo and Hercules aircraft assigned to search and rescue perform more than 350 missions annually, according to the Canadian Forces. The Canadian military is responsible for providing aeronautical search and rescue operations. But the project to purchase the new planes has faced a rough road over the years. The competition was announced in 2004 by the then-Liberal government and re-announced by the Conservative government in 2006. But it took another decade before it could be completed and Airbus declared the winning company. Even then, Leonardo, an Italian aerospace firm, launched a lawsuit against Canada over what it claimed was a rigged purchase that favoured Airbus. That lawsuit was dropped earlier this year, shortly before the federal government awarded Leonardo a new sole-source deal potentially worth billions of dollars to upgrade Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopters. Officials with the Canadian Forces and Leonardo say the ending of the legal action in May had nothing to do with the company being picked for the new project the same month.

  • Viking to put special missions aircraft on tour - updates on defence industry developments

    July 26, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

    Viking to put special missions aircraft on tour - updates on defence industry developments

    By DAVID PUGLIESE Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC has announced its plans to hold a world demonstration tour for its Guardian 400 aircraft, the special missions variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter. The world tour will include detailed briefings and demonstration flights in Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Oceania, and North America, according to Esprit de Corps magazine. The company unveiled the special mission variant last month at the 2019 Paris International Airshow. Here are more details of what I wrote for Esprit de Corps: For the past six months, a production Series 400 Twin Otter has been undergoing modifications to transform into Viking’s Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft for the proposed world tour, the firm noted. 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  • The Global Naval Vessels And Surface Combatants Market 2019-2029

    October 25, 2019 | Local, Naval

    The Global Naval Vessels And Surface Combatants Market 2019-2029

    Summary The global naval vessels and surface combatants market is valued at US$36. 7 billion in 2019, and will grow at a CAGR of 1. 97%, to reach a value of US$44. 6 billion by 2029. New York, Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces the release of the report "The Global Naval Vessels And Surface Combatants Market 2019-2029" - The cumulative market for global naval vessels and surface combatants is anticipated to value US$429.8 billion over the forecast period. The demand for naval vessels is anticipated to be driven by high levels of expenditure by emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region including India and China. The North American region supported by US Navy’s multi-year procurement programs, is expected to maintain its leading position globally, exhibiting a steady pace of growth over the forecast period. The global naval vessels and surface combatants market is expected to be led by North America with revenue share of 41.9%. Cumulatively, North America is projected to spend US$180.3 billion on naval vessels and surface combatants over the forecast period. In 2019, regional expenditure is expected to value US$15.1 billion and increase to US$19.0 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 2.32%. Asia-Pacific will follow North America and is expected to account for 26.2% revenue share of the global naval vessels and surface combatants market over the forecast period. Europe is anticipated to be the third-largest market globally with a revenue share of 22.2% over the forecast period, driven by the naval expansion and capability enhancement initiatives undertaken by various countries in the region. With a share of 5.5%, the market for naval vessels and surface combatants in the Middle East is projected to be the fourth largest globally. Frigates is expected to be the largest segment in the naval vessels and surface combatants market during the forecast period. Driven by several high-value procurement programs worldwide including the US Navy’s FFG(X) program, Canadian Navy’s ‘Canadian Surface Combatant’ program, Saudi Navy’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant program, Australian Navy’s SEA 5000 (Hunter-class) program and French Navy’s Intermediate Frigate (FTI) program among others; the Frigates segment is expected to account for a 28.7% revenue share of the total market over the forecast period. Destroyers segment will follow Frigates segment with 19.6% market share. With 15.1% share, Amphibious Ships segment is anticipated to hold the third position in the global market. The growing demand for Amphibious Ships is primarily attributed to the ongoing initiatives of naval forces to develop relevant sealift capabilities. Light Combat Vessels and Corvettes segments to account for respective shares of 11.8% and 9.3%. Aircraft Carriers will account for a decent share of 8.6% over the next decade. The remaining share of 6.9% will be held by Auxiliary Vessels segment. The report "The Global Naval Vessels And Surface Combatants Market 2019-2029", offers a detailed analysis of the industry, with market size forecasts covering the next ten years. This report will also analyze factors that influence demand for naval vessels, key market trends, and challenges faced by industry participants. In-depth analysis provides - - Market size and drivers: detailed analysis during 2019-2029, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators.It also provides a snapshot of the spending and modernization patterns of different regions around the world - Recent developments and industry challenges: insights into technological developments and a detailed analysis of the changing preferences of naval vessels and surface combatants segments around the world. It also provides trends of the changing industry structure and the challenges faced by industry participants - Regional highlights: study of the key markets in each region, providing an analysis of the key segments of the market that are expected to be in demand - Major programs: details of the key programs in each segment, which are expected to be executed during 2019-2029 - Competitive landscape and strategic insights: analysis of the competitive landscape of the global market. It provides an overview of key players, together with information regarding key alliances, strategic initiatives and financial analysis Companies mentioned: General Dynamics, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Austal, Naval Group, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Lockheed Martin, Fincantieri SpA, BAE Systems, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd and Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Scope - The global naval vessels and surface combatants market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.97% over the forecast period. - The market consists of seven categories: frigates, destroyers, amphibious ships, light combat vessels, corvettes, aircraft carriers, and auxiliary vessels. - North America will dominate the sector with a share of 26%, followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe. The frigates segment is expected to be the leading segment during the forecast period. 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