Québec has a large and diversified aerospace industry, with a large pool of suppliers and increased presence of leading companies. The sector as a whole is prioritized by top-notch government support that prioritizes its development. It also enjoys privileged access to the US defence market under historic agreements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

There are many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Québec that work in traditional manufacturing sectors and find their place in the aerospace industry. In addition, several aerospace industry players have expertise and resources relevant to the defence sector, particularly in the following market segments:

  1. Military systems deployed in space and ground systems used to operate, command and control systems deployed in space and related components;
  2. Electro-optical systems, radar, sonar and other sensors and systems for collecting information; control and alert systems; and other related components;
  3. Communication and navigation systems; other information technologies (including processing and broadcasting systems), software, electronic devices and components;
  4. Manufacture of aircraft, structures and components;
  5. Maintenance, repair and overhaul services relating to military aircraft, engines and accessories; related training activities;
  6. Unmanned aerial vehicle systems and components;
  7. Aircraft simulation systems, including training of personnel using simulated scenarios (e.g. intelligent software, visual systems, network simulations and real-time simulators);
  8. Staff and combat training services, including military air training services.


Aerospace sector news

  • Airbus accélère dans les petits drones tactiques

    February 3, 2023 | International, Aerospace

    Airbus accélère dans les petits drones tactiques

    DÉCRYPTAGE - La filiale d’avions militaires du géant européen développe des engins peu coûteux. Développer de petits drones basiques et efficaces, mais peu coûteux. C’est l’ambition d’Airbus Military Air Systems, qui tire un des enseignements de la guerre en Ukraine. Des escouades de Bayraktar, un drone tactique turc de moyenne altitude, emportant jusqu’à quatre missiles à guidage laser capables de détruire des blindés, ont démontré leur efficacité. Ils ont aidé Kiev à stopper l’avancée des Russes sur la capitale et à couler le navire amiral Moskva, l’an dernier. Et cela pour un coût raisonnable, soit autour de 5 millions de dollars l’exemplaire.

  • GA-ASI Selected by DARPA to Support Liberty Lifter Program

    February 3, 2023 | International, Aerospace, Naval

    GA-ASI Selected by DARPA to Support Liberty Lifter Program

    The program’s focus is on designing, building, and testing a seaplane that can operate efficiently at less than 100 feet above the ground, hold flight altitudes of up to 10,000...

  • DARPA wants a heavy cargo plane that can land at sea

    February 2, 2023 | International, Aerospace, Naval

    DARPA wants a heavy cargo plane that can land at sea

    The Pentagon has grown increasingly concerned about the potential for a conflict with China, which would require improved maritime capabilities.

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