3 janvier 2023 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité, Autre défense

ANALYSIS | We are witnessing a turning point in the global order, says Canada's top soldier | CBC News

It might be a stretch to describe Gen. Wayne Eyre as a modern Cassandra. Still, over the latter half of 2022, Canada's top military commander delivered — in public and before House of Commons committees — increasingly stark warnings about the future geopolitical landscape, where the war between Russia and Ukraine could go and the intentions of other disruptive international actors, such as China.


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  • Lockheed Martin, BAE submit warship bid

    28 novembre 2017 | Local, Naval

    Lockheed Martin, BAE submit warship bid

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This is a newer version of the combat management system Lockheed designed for the Royal Canadian Navy's original Halifax-class ships and is present on Canada's modernized frigates. Both firms were identified among bidders prequalified to participate in the process, alongside other international industry giants like ThyssenKrupp, Navantia and DCNS. Also part of the consortium participating in the Lockheed/BAE bid are CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Dartmouth-based marine tech firm Ultra Electronics. Speaking with The Chronicle Herald on Monday, Gary Fudge, VP of Canadian naval systems programs with Lockheed, said an independent study completed by Lockheed Canada revealed the Type 26 as the best design in the running, and prompted their interest in teaming with BAE for preliminary work several years before Canada announced that it would be combining the ship design and combat systems integrator into a single bid. He said BAE's modern design and modern toolsets — for example their use of advanced digital blueprints that will make it easier to modify and modernize the design in the future — made the Type 26 the key contender for them. “Given that Irving has just built the most modern shipyard, we wanted the designer to have toolsets and data that can migrate easily into Irving's toolsets,” said Fudge. Irving is the prime contractor for the combat portion of the government's National Shipbuilding Strategy and will build a fleet of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSCs) at its Halifax shipyard, with a budget of $56billion to $60 billion, starting in the 2020s. It will also have a say, alongside the federal government, in selecting the winning bidder. Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager with Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems, on Monday touted job creation in Canada, including Nova Scotia, as a key component to their bid. For example, Lockheed Canada's combat systems and integration technology is built at a facility in Ottawa and tested at the the company's Maritime Advanced Testing and Training Site in Dartmouth. Chapdelaine said Lockheed Canada's approach to the bid is to be seen as the Canadian team, even if it takes points from other parts of their bid. “We want to provide the Canadian content, do the direct work in Canada using Canadian industry,” she said. David Perry, a senior analyst with Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said Lockheed Canada's long history with the Royal Canadian Navy via the Halifax-class frigates and the advantages of the Type 26 over other potential designs puts the consortium in a good spot in the competition. “An advantage of the Type 26 would be that where the requirements for it overlap with CSC, the technology would be very new, without modifying the design at all. The other ships in the competition would be older technology, so they'd need to modify it to introduce more current technology,” he said. But that doesn't make it a shoo-in — in an RFP with thousands of different parts, Perry said the winning design will have to tick a lot of boxes. Speed and accommodations for example, while adequate in the Type 26, Perry said are not necessarily the cream of the crop compared to other options out there. Retired navy commander and defence analyst Ken Hansen agreed that Lockheed Canada's extensive experience working with the Canadian Navy, as well as their edge on Canadian content, gives them an advantage over some parts of the competition. But, he said, while extremely advanced technology, the Type 26 might not be the ship Canada needs due to its high price and extreme complexity. “The (Type 26) is inordinately complex and it had a lot of teething pains — the ship has been described in the U.K. press as overpriced and a technical nightmare,” he said. “I have not gotten that warm feeling where the reassurances from the British design authorities say ‘Oh it's solved and we're back on track.'” It is not known how many groups will submit bids for the CSC competition. At least one other has gone public — Alion Canada announced its bid with Dutch De Zeven Provinciën Air Defence and Command frigate as its design last week. The federal government says it expects to be able to select a winning bidder at the earliest in the spring of 2018, dependent on the number and quality of bids it receives. http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1524306-lockheed-martin-bae-submit-warship-bid

  • Air Force aiming to have armed drones in the air in next six years: commander

    6 février 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

    Air Force aiming to have armed drones in the air in next six years: commander

    By The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to pull the trigger on the purchase of new drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The Canadian Forces has been working since the early 2000s to find unmanned aerial vehicles that can conduct surveillance over Canada's vast territory and support overseas missions. Yet aside from purchasing a small number of temporary, unarmed drones for the war in Afghanistan, the military has never been able to make much progress on a permanent fleet. Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Al Meinzinger says he believes that is about to change after the Trudeau government became the first to officially authorize the acquisition of a fleet of armed UAVs through its defence policy. In an interview, Meinzinger says the air force is nearly finished drawing up options — where it has been stuck for years — and will soon move into the next phase by presenting its proposals to procurement officials. While the military has welcomed Canada's decision to buy armed drones and promised to abide by international laws, some arms-control advocates have expressed concern about the legal grey zone such weapons inhabit. The Canadian Press https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/02/06/air-force-aiming-to-have-armed-drones-in-the-air-in-next-six-years-commander-3/#.XFsws1xKiUl

  • Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training adds three new strategic partners to its FAcT team

    13 septembre 2021 | Local, Aérospatial

    Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training adds three new strategic partners to its FAcT team

    Marcello Sukhdeo, Vanguard Magazine September 10, 2021 The Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training team recently announced the addition of three partners – FlightSafety International (FSI), L3Harris Technologies and Top Aces – for Canada's Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program. Canada is looking to procure a 25-year contract aircrew training program that provides aircraft, ground-based training systems, civilian instructors, and essential services, such as air traffic control, aircraft and airfield maintenance, accommodation, and food services for the Royal Canadian Air Force. According to a news release, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training is committed to providing an innovative training solution and optimal benefits to Canada's economic and strategic goals through the FAcT program. This is further deepened by the team's far-reaching know-how and strong ties with Canada. “We are extremely proud to have FlightSafety International, L3Harris Technologies and Top Aces join the Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training Team. We believe that together we can deliver added value to Canada now and in the future and we are ready to provide the best solution for the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said Jana Lee Murray, Program Director, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training. New partner, FlightSafety International, is a premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world's largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. “We're excited to join this powerhouse of a team and bring our 70 years of ground-based training in support of the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said Brad Thress, President & CEO of FlightSafety International. “More than 40 international governments put their trust in FlightSafety to train their aviators and the company has a long history of supporting aviation training in Canada through their Montreal and Toronto learning centers.” The other new team member, L3Harris, is one of Canada's largest and most diverse defence and security companies and is committed to adding value to the Canadian economy through high-tech jobs, innovation, and diversity whilst designing solutions for the future. Located in Mirabel, QC, L3Harris is Canada's leading In-Service Support and Systems Integrator. “L3Harris offers our Canadian teammates the best, most cost-effective and innovative solutions for the FAcT aircraft,” said Ugo Paniconi, General Manager, L3Harris in Mirabel. The third new strategic partner added recently, Top Aces, provides advanced adversary and joint terminal attack controller training to the world's leading Air Forces. Top Aces has the largest fleet of commercially-operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the first company in the world to acquire the supersonic F- 16. The mission-critical training offered by Top Aces enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing a realistic real-world experience while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military fleets. The company is changing the face of air combat training with its unparalleled safety record, outstanding team and an industry-leading 94,000+ hours of operational training flown in support of its customers worldwide. “Top Aces is a proud Canadian company and trusted training partner to our Canadian Armed Forces since 2005. We're excited to bring our 17 years of experience delivering high performance fighter aircraft training to this team,” said Jason Regenwetter, Vice President of Business Development. Canada is expected to award FAcT by 2023.

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