11 août 2022 | Local, Aérospatial

Canada plans to buy four new Airbus tankers, requests proposal

Airbus was designated as the only supplier qualified to provide the tankers to the Royal Canadian Air Force. As a result, a formal request for its proposal for the planes was issued to the firm on May 13, 2022.


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  • Ottawa awards $2.4B contract to finish building navy's supply ships

    16 juin 2020 | Local, Naval

    Ottawa awards $2.4B contract to finish building navy's supply ships

    The decision signals the project won't be delayed by pandemic-driven deficit spending Murray Brewster · CBC News · Posted: Jun 15, 2020 2:45 PM The Liberal government has awarded a $2.4 billion contract to finish the overall construction of the navy's long-awaited supply ships. Today's announcement moves forward a Joint Support Ship program over a decade-and-a-half in the making. It also appears to signal the federal government remains committed to its multi-billion shipbuilding program despite record levels of pandemic-driven federal deficit spending. The contract, with Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards, is for the construction of two replenishment vessels, Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a statement. Now that the construction deal has been signed, the overall price tag of the program — including design — is expected to be $4.1 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $3.4 billion. Seven years ago, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) predicted the cost would end up where it has — an estimate that was roundly criticized and dismissed by the Conservatives, who were in power at the time. "The government announcement today did not have a whole ton of detail, so it's hard to do an exact comparison, but I certainly think that PBO estimate from a long time ago has held up pretty well over time," said Dave Perry, an expert in defence procurement and vice president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. The first supply ship is to be delivered in 2023, and the second vessel is supposed to arrive two years later. The yard started construction on certain portions of the first ship in 2018, while final design work was still underway — something that alarmed and even baffled some defence and shipbuilding experts. 'Business as usual' With the federal deficit expected to swell to over $252.1 billion because of COVID-19 relief measures, many in the defence community had been speculating that existing spending plans for the supply ships would be curtailed or scaled back. In a statement, federal Public Services Minister Anita Anand suggested the Liberal government is committed to staying the course. "This contract award is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which is supporting a strong and sustainable marine sector in Canada," she said. Perry said he takes it as a sign the Liberals intend to proceed with their defence construction plans in the face of fiscal and economic uncertainty. "It is an indicator that, despite being business under some very unusual circumstances, it is still government business-as-usual under COVID," he said. In the same government statement, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan pointed out that an enormous amount of preparation work has been done already and he's pleased the project is moving forward. "An impressive amount of work has already gone into the construction of these new ships, and I look forward to their arrival in the coming years." said Sajjan. Construction during COVID-19 A senior executive at Seaspan said work to adapt the design from the original German plan (the Canadian ship is based on the German Navy's Berlin-Class replenishment vessel) was completed last year and work on the superstructure of the first Joint Support Ship — started in 2018 — has been proceeding apace, even through the pandemic. "It is well advanced," said Amy MacLeod, the company's vice-president of corporate affairs. "We are ready to continue. We're very, very happy with the quality of the ship, the progress of the ship, the momentum that we have and the expertise we have gained." The shipyard did not pause construction due to the pandemic — but it did have to figure out ways to carry on under strict physical distancing rules. "We, like everybody else, had to understand how to run a business in a pandemic," said MacLeod. "We made a lot of changes on how we build our ships." Turnstiles to enter and exit the yard were eliminated and the company went high-tech with a "heat map" that shows where everyone is working and how much space there is between individual workers. "And where we couldn't ensure appropriate social distancing because of COVID, we stopped that work." Perry said the gap between the construction of the two supply ships worries him to a degree. Seaspan intends to construct an ocean science vessel for the coast guard under a plan agreed to with the Liberal government in 2019. Any delay or hiccup in the construction of that ship could mean the delivery of the second naval vessel is pushed back even further, Perry said. Extending the navy's range News of the contract will come as a relief to the navy. Having replenishment ships to refuel and rearm frigates would allow the navy to deploy entire task groups to far-flung parts of the world. "With these warships, the Royal Canadian Navy will be able to operate with even greater flexibility and endurance," said Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, commander of the navy. "These ships will not only form part of the core of our naval task groups, they also represent a vital and strategic national asset that will enable the Navy to maintain its global reach and staying power." A tortured history It was 1994 when the replacement program was first discussed. The deficit-slashing years of that decade meant the plan was shelved. Resurrected in 2004, the Liberal government of former prime minister Paul Martin hoped to have the ships in the water by 2008 to replace the three-decade-old supply ships the navy had been operating. Faced with cost estimates well over what they had expected, the Conservative government of former prime minister Stephen Harper shelved the Liberal plan on the eve of the 2008 federal election. More than five years later, the navy was forced to retire both aging supply ships after one of them was crippled by a devastating fire. The absence of replenishment capability led the Harper government to lease a converted civilian supply ship from a private company, Federal Fleet Services, which operates out of the Davie Shipyard in Levis, Que. That plan led to a political and legal scandal when the former commander of the navy, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, was accused of leaking cabinet secrets related to the plan. The Crown withdrew the charge a year ago after a protracted pre-trial court battle. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/supply-ship-navy-seaspan-1.5612770

  • Stay Tuned! IDEaS will soon be launching Calls for Proposals for Innovation Networks and Sandbox

    29 octobre 2021 | Local, Naval

    Stay Tuned! IDEaS will soon be launching Calls for Proposals for Innovation Networks and Sandbox

    Stay Tuned! IDEaS will soon be launching Calls for Proposals for Innovation Networks and Sandbox Pre-announcement of a call for the creation of Innovation Networks To facilitate the free-flow of ideas, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program will support the creation of Innovation Networks which will work in areas of interest to Canadian defence and security. A new call for the creation of Innovation Networks will be issued in the coming weeks. This call will invite research proposals from multi-disciplinary teams in the field of 5G Networks. Teams must be led by an investigator from a Canadian university, and can be composed of investigators from Canadian universities and educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, provincial/territorial/municipal governments, and international universities and education institutions. Teams will be encouraged to develop and submit interdisciplinary research proposals addressing one or several areas identified in the call Science & Technology (S&T) Challenge Statement. Full details of the research areas of interest, available funding, eligibility, and how to apply will be made available when the call is announced. Please visit our website for more information about IDEaS. Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox call set to re-launch The Corrosion Detection in Ships Sandbox (CDIS), previously postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, is set to re-launch its Call for Applications in November 2021, with the sandbox occurring in April/May 2022. Applications for this Sandbox will be open to all innovators, including those that did not previously apply. The pandemic situation will continue to be monitored and plans adjusted as necessary to conduct the Sandbox in a safe manner. If you've received this communication directly from DND.IDEaS-IDEeS.MDN@forces.gc.ca, you will automatically be kept informed of further announcements regarding this call. The IDEaS Team IDEeS va bientôt lancer de nouveaux appels de propositions pour les Réseaux d'innovation et les Environnements protégés – Restez à l'écoute! Préavis d'un appel de propositions pour la création de Réseaux d'innovation Afin de favoriser la libre circulation d'idées, le programme Innovation pour la défense, l'excellence et la sécurité (IDEeS) appuiera la création de réseaux d'innovation dans les secteurs d'intérêt du Canada en matière de défense et de sécurité. Un nouvel appel de propositions pour la création de réseaux d'innovation sera lancé au cours des prochaines semaines. Cet appel sera lancé afin d'obtenir des propositions de recherche de la part d'équipes multidisciplinaires dans le domaine des Réseaux d'innovation 5G. Les équipes devront être dirigées par un chercheur d'une université canadienne, et peuvent être composées de chercheurs provenant des universités et établissements d'enseignement canadiens, d'organismes à but lucratif ou non lucratif, d'organismes provinciaux/territoriaux ou municipaux, et des universités et établissements d'enseignement internationaux. Les équipes seront invitées à élaborer et à soumettre des propositions de recherche interdisciplinaire sur un ou plusieurs sujets identifiés au moment de l'appel de propositions, dans le Défi scientifique et technologique. De plus amples renseignements sur les domaines de recherche d'intérêt, le financement disponible, l'admissibilité et comment s'inscrire seront offerts une fois que l'appel de propositions sera lancé. Veuillez consulter notre site Web pour obtenir plus de détails sur le programme IDEeS. Nouvel appel de candidatures pour l'Environnement protégé pour la détection de la corrosion dans les navires L'environnement protégé pour la détection de la corrosion dans les navires (CDIS), précédemment reporté en raison des restrictions liées à la COVID-19, ira de l'avant avec un nouvel appel de candidatures en novembre 2021, l'environnement protégé ayant lieu en avril/mai 2022. Les candidatures pour l'environnement protégé seront ouvertes à tous les innovateurs, y compris ceux qui n'avaient pas appliqué auparavant. La situation pandémique continuera d'être surveillée et les plans ajustés si nécessaire pour mener l'environnement protégé de manière sûre. Si vous avez reçu ce message de DND.IDEaS-IDEeS.MDN@forces.gc.ca, vous êtes abonné aux annonces concernant cet appel de propositions. L'équipe IDEeS

  • Saab : Proposes New Saab Sensor Centre in Canada

    20 janvier 2021 | Local, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    Saab : Proposes New Saab Sensor Centre in Canada

    01/18/2021 | 12:16pm EST NEWS FROM SAAB 18 January 2021 CUE 21-001 Saab Proposes New Saab Sensor Centre in Canada Today at the AIx Space 2021 Conference Saab announced that it has offered to establish a new facility in Canada as part of its offer for Canada's Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP). This would be known as the Saab Sensor Centre and would be located in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a focus on sensor technologies such as radar. The Saab Sensor Centre would provide career opportunities for Canadian engineering talent in the Vancouver area, as well offering research and development avenues for academia. One of the proposed projects is to develop a Space Surveillance Radar (SSR) in Canada, in co-operation with other companies within the Canadian space industry. It is envisaged that this surface radar will target the global market for greater awareness of objects in the Earth's orbit. "So much of modern life and military capability depends on space- based assets. Today space is anything but empty when it comes to the Earth's immediate vicinity with an increasing number of satellites and many more to come. We feel that Saab teamed with Canadian space partners are the perfect combination to co-develop a SSR for Canada and the global market," said Simon Carroll, President of Saab Canada Inc. A Saab radar demonstrator has been built and is the basis for a co- development opportunity of a SSR with Canadian companies and their world-leading expertise and knowledge. This demonstrator leverages radar technology as found in Saab's military radars that operate across the world including on Canadian and US naval ships. NEWS FROM SAAB Saab, in co-operation with the Swedish government, has offered 88 Gripen E fighter aircraft, for Canada's FFCP. The establishment of the Saab Sensor Centre is part of the associated Canada-wide Industrial and Technological Benefits program from Saab. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018 presscentre@saabgroup.com www.saab.ca Twitter: @Saab Facebook: @saabtechnologies LinkedIn: Saab Instagram: Saab Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs. This is an excerpt of the original content. To continue reading it, access the original document here. Attachments Original document Permalink Disclaimer Saab AB published this content on 18 January 2021 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 18 January 2021 17:15:01 UTC https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/SAAB-AB-6491624/news/Saab-Proposes-New-Saab-Sensor-Centre-in-Canada-32221101/

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