Back to news

February 1, 2022 | Local, Aerospace, Security

Sandbox CUAS Detect, Defeat Challenge is Now Live! | Le défi CUAS Détecter et Vaincre 2.0 d’Environnement protégé est maintenant en ligne!

Sandbox CUAS Detect, Defeat Challenge is Now Live!

Sandboxes (1)

It's time to start looking to the skies! After hosting a Sandbox in 2019 on Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), IDEaS is inviting innovators to bring their ‘A' game and demonstrate how their solution can detect and/or defeat our team of drones.

IDEaS is looking for next-level CUAS prototypes that can solve the Sandbox challenge and be integrated into the broader military command and control system.

Innovators invited to participate will receive:

  • Up to 5 days of free personal full-time use of our fully equipped CUAS test range including targets.
  • On-site one-on-one continual interaction with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and RCMP end-users, and science experts.
  • Opportunity to iteratively test, demonstrate, and improve your technology.
  • Ability to customize and adjust your test plan with the CAF on the fly to optimize your range time.
  • Exposure of your innovation to multiple Canadian & international defence and security trusted partners.

Visit the CUAS 2022 Challenge page for all the details you need in order to apply.

All application must be submitted prior to 2 PM EST on April 13, 2022.

Eric Fournier sits down with Armasuisse Insights to talk all things innovation.

Learn what the DG of IDEaS has to say about governmental defence innovation, it's ecosystem, as well as new and exciting opportunities made available to Canadian Innovators through the IDEaS program. Read the full interview here: Looking abroad – Innovation at the Canadian Department of National Defence (


Banner Basic FR

Le défi CUAS Détecter et Vaincre 2.0 d'Environnement protégé est maintenant en ligne!

Sandboxes (1)

Il est temps de se tourner vers le ciel! Après avoir tenu un Environnement protégé en 2019 portant sur la lutte contre les systèmes aériens sans pilote (CUAS), IDEeS invite les innovateurs à présenter leurs meilleures solutions afin de détecter et/ou vaincre notre équipe de drones.

IDEeS recherche des prototypes CUAS de niveau supérieur capables de résoudre le défi de l'Environnement protégé et de s'intégrer dans le système militaire plus large de commandement et de contrôle.

Les innovateurs invités à participer recevront :

  • Jusqu'à cinq jours d'utilisation personnelle gratuite à temps plein de notre champ de tir pour CUAS entièrement équipée, y compris les cibles.
  • Interaction continue et individuelle sur site avec nos utilisateurs militaires des FAC et nos experts scientifiques.
  • Testez, démontrez et améliorez votre technologie de manière itérative.
  • Personnalisez et ajustez votre plan d'essai avec les FAC sur le champ pour optimiser votre temps d'autonomie.
  • Exhibez votre innovation devant de multiples partenaires canadiens et internationaux en matière de défense et de sécurité.

Visitez la page du défi CUAS 2022 pour tous les détails dont vous avez besoin afin de postuler. Toutes les candidatures doivent être soumises avant 14 heures HNE le 13 avril 2022.

Eric Fournier partage sa vision de l'innovation avec Armasuisse Insights.

Découvrez ce que le DG d'IDEeS a à dire sur l'innovation en matière de défense gouvernementale, sur son écosystème ainsi que sur les nouvelles possibilités intéressantes offertes aux innovateurs canadiens par le biais du programme IDEeS. Lisez l'entrevue complète ici : Regard sur l'étranger – Innovation au ministère de la Défense nationale canadien (


On the same subject

  • Feds going ahead with plan to buy used jets, says Defence minister

    December 18, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    Feds going ahead with plan to buy used jets, says Defence minister

    By Charlie Pinkerton Nothing will make the government reconsider its controversial plan to buy 25 second-hand, 30-year-old fighter jets as a temporary stopgap for its fleet, says Canada's minister of National Defence. “For us, (cancelling the purchase is) not even in the picture at all, because it would be absolutely irresponsible if we don't try to fill this capability gap,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told iPolitics in an interview. “We have to invest.” When they came to power, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals deferred a plan to buy 65 F-35 fighter jets, deciding instead to buy a much smaller number in the interim. They first sought to purchase 18 new Super Hornet jets built by American manufacturer Boeing, before canning that plan about a year ago as trade tensions between the countries boiled over. An announcement followed that Canada was buying 18 used F-18s from Australia to supplement its existing CF-18 fleet, which dates from the early 1980s, and was due for replacement after about 20 years. Over the summer, the government announced it would buy seven jets from Australia for parts. The Liberals had set aside $500 million for this purchase, but the final cost is still unclear. Since the announcement to purchase Australia's old planes, Sajjan has faced harsh criticism from opposition members who call the plan unacceptable, especially after a damning report from the auditor general of Canada less than a month ago. Yet when asked if the purchase could be stopped, Sajjan replied, “Why would you want to stop it?” One answer to that — cherrypicked from the auditor general's report — is that under the current plan, Canada will not meet its commitment to NORAD and NATO, which government officials, including Sajjan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have cited as a major reason for the government's decision to buy the planes. The auditor general also casts doubt on the viability of the government's interim fleet because of a shortage of technicians and pilots capable of maintaining and flying the jets. “National Defence expects to spend almost $3 billion, over and above existing budgets, without a plan to deal with its biggest obstacles to meeting the new operational requirement,” says the report. “We know it's going to take time,” Sajjan said, “but at least we're investing in the problem so we can finally get rid of it.” National Defence doubled down on its current plan following the auditor general's report, saying it's seeking approval of “a number” of upgrades to keep Canada's CF-18 fleet in the air until 2032. It also says it will increase the number of technicians and pilots in the fighter force, even though it identified the shortage as far back as 2016. The first jets to replace the existing CF-18s, and those the government is buying from Australia, will arrive in 2025. A yet-to-be-chosen future fleet of 88 fighter aircraft are supposed to be fully operational by 2031, and last until the year 2060.

  • PAL Aerospace seeks talent for SAR operating bases

    August 21, 2018 | Local, Aerospace

    PAL Aerospace seeks talent for SAR operating bases

    Chris Thatcher PAL Aerospace is on the hunt for maintenance, materiel, information technology and other support talent to staff the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF's) four search and rescue main operating bases. Twenty months after the federal government selected 16 Airbus CC-295W fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft to replace six CC-115 Buffalos and 12 CC-130 H-model Hercules, St. John's, N.L.-based PAL is ready to hire the team that will deliver in-service support (ISS) for the new fleet. “PAL Aerospace will be providing a wide assortment of program management services as we prepare to undertake the maintenance and logistics support, heavy maintenance, including a mobile repair team, and centralize supply chain management activities for this aircraft,” Eva Martinez, vice-president of ISS, told the Abbotsford Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) in August. As a supplier to Airbus, PAL is responsible for maintenance and material support of the new fleet, providing an integrated team of aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), warehouse and tool crib personnel, a technical library and a contractor field office at four main operating bases in Comox, B.C., Winnipeg, Man., Trenton, Ont., and Greenwood, N.S. Each base will require around 11 people. PAL will also establish and maintain a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Winnipeg for heavy maintenance work. The shop will be co-located with its central warehouse, and will be home base for the mobile repair team. In total, PAL expects to hire around 28 people to staff the facility. As for material, PAL will provide ground support equipment, a 30-day supply of aircraft consumables at each base, personal protective equipment, and shipping and handling of all aircraft spare parts, said Martinez, an aerospace engineer who served 13 years in the Air Force. Through a joint venture with Airbus called AirPro, PAL will collaborate on the integration of all ISS services. “Our hiring target as it stands right now is 73,” she said. “As we work with Canada and Airbus to fully define the maintenance tasks, we could see an increase in the level of effort required...for AMEs.” That workload is based in part on RCAF plans to locate three CC-295W at each base. Two more will reside with the operational training unit in Comox while a final two will serve as floaters. “They will be moved around depending on the induction into heavy maintenance as well as the operational tempo,” said Martinez. Comox, which will include the RCAF's new search and rescue training centre, will stand up in 2019 to coincide with the arrival of the first aircraft, expected by the end of next year. The front, mid and rear fuselage sections have been delivered to Airbus's pre-final assembly line in Tablada, Spain, and the final aircraft is expected to roll out in the first quarter of 2019. Full article:

  • Online 'phishing' attacks expected to target housebound staffers as COVID-19 spreads

    March 17, 2020 | Local, C4ISR, Security

    Online 'phishing' attacks expected to target housebound staffers as COVID-19 spreads

    It's a 'huge opportunity' for online crime, one expert warns The number of "phishing" attacks meant to steal the online credentials of public servants and corporate sector employees now housebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise, one cyber security expert warns. Many attempts are being made against employees who are working from home on virtual private works (VPNs). Cyber experts are still gathering data to establish a direct correlation between the pandemic crisis and the increase in malicious activity. But Rafal Rohozinski, chief executive officer of the SecDev Group of Companies, said this pandemic moment — when large numbers of employees are at home and receiving instructions from their workplaces on how to connect to internal networks — offers online thieves a "huge opportunity." Federal government and corporate sector systems were never designed to support a sudden, mass migration of employees from offices to their homes, he said. "The opening that creates for those who want to wreak havoc through ransomware and malware is really, really significant," said Rohozinski. "And I don't think we're anywhere near prepared for that. "What we're seeing is an increase in phishing being used as a means to get people's credentials." U.S. Health Department attacked The U.S. Health and Human Services Department's website was hit by a cyber attack over several hours on Sunday, an incident which involved overloading its servers with millions of hits. Officials said the system was not penetrated, although media reports in Washington described it as an attempt to undermine the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus pandemic — and may have been the work of a foreign actor. Rohozinski said that while the facts are not all in yet, his "professional guess" is that there's a link between the attack and the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, Canada's top military commander warned that he'd seen recent indications the country's adversaries intend to exploit the uncertainty, confusion and fear generated by the pandemic. Send in the trolls: Canada braces for an online disinformation assault on COVID-19 Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, was not specific about the potential threats — but experts say they could range from hacking to online disinformation campaigns aimed at discrediting the federal government's response. Rohozinski said he's concerned about the federal government's technical capacity to support thousands of employees on private networks. "Everybody's moving on to VPNs. Everybody," he said. "This is an enormous pinpoint and an enormous vulnerability." Federal Digital Government Minister Joyce Murray's office was asked for a response Monday, but was unable to provide an immediate comment. Many of the country's leading information technology companies are part of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTE), a nonprofit centre where companies can swap information and insights. A CCTE spokeswoman said the corporate sector is better prepared to face the challenges posed by the mass movement of employees to home networks. Canada to bar entry to travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Americans Canadian military bans international travel in response to COVID-19 Still, there is reason for concern. "Given we are moving people to work from home now, companies need to ensure that the work from home environment is as safe as the corporate environment and that people are trained to notice these phishing campaigns, just like they were in the corporate environment," said Mary Jane Couldridge, director of business development at the CCTE. "It's a matter of keeping our community aware of what is impacting Canada daily so we know how to react to it and prevent it from spreading — and not chase rainbows." Most corporations have plans they'll activate now to cover the wholesale movement of employees to networks outside of the office, she added.

All news