24 août 2021 | Local, Aérospatial

General Dynamics to Establish Centre of Excellence for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Technologies in Québec

/CNW/ - General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada announced today the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Sherbrooke for remotely piloted aircraft systems...


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    19 mai 2020 | Local, Aérospatial

    MDA: All-Domain C2 Key To Countering Hypersonic Missiles

    "We'll take anybody's sensors," MDA's John Bier said, "as long as it contributes to the missile warning, missile defense and space domain environment." By THERESA HITCHENSon May 14, 2020 at 2:44 PM WASHINGTON: Senior Missile Defense Agency officials say Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) will be fundamental to rapidly and seamlessly integrating future capability to track and intercept hypersonic and cruise missiles into its current architecture focused on ballistic missiles. “We need the ability to globally see, track and engage the threats in a multispectral environment in real time with persistent capabilities, so that we can provide the right data to the right targets,” MDA's chief architect Stan Stafira said. MDA has been able to develop its C2 network to link various layers in the overarching US missile defense architecture, but that integration has been achieved largely through “brute force,” John Bier, MDA program director for C2BMC, told a webinar sponsored by the Missile Defense Advocacy Association (MDAA) yesterday. “Where JADC2 is trying to drive the C2 community is: how do you make that easier?” MDA is working on first assessing how to tie in its current Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) architecture with JADC2 as it develops, then look at how to integrate its future planned capabilities “when applicable,” a MDA spokesperson clarified in an email. Toward that end, MDA is planning on participating in the Air Force's second “On Ramp” exercise of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) family of systems initiative aimed at developing a number of critical technologies to underpin JADC2, Bier said. The exercise, which would have involved a space-oriented scenario, was planned for last month, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. After first being slipped to June, it now is slated for Aug. 31-Sept. 4 moved back to A MDA fully expects to be involved in the exercise, although Bier did not elaborate on exactly what role the agency would play or what systems might be involved. He said that MDA is working on spiral development of new technologies on an every two- to three-year cycle, but hopes to move even faster to integrate new capabilities. Part of that effort will involve moving to open standards, just as the ABMS program is doing now. “We'll take anybody's sensors,” Bier said, “as long as it contributes to the missile warning, missile defense, and space domain environment.” The ABMS On Ramp exercises are “great integration environments” to test out the new standards, he added. Bier said that up to now MDA has been successfully able to develop and manage a C2BMC system across the missile defense enterprise — one that links strategic systems such as the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GBMD) interceptors in silos in California and Alaska with regionally deployed, tactical systems such as Patriot batteries — in large part because of its special governance structure and flexible contractual authorities. Although Bier didn't say it, the obvious inference is that DoD and the Joint Chiefs of Staff may want to consider how to centralize authority over various service C2 and battle management programs and projects that will need to connect to make JADC2 a reality. “The JADC2 environment allows us to bring in multiple services along with MDA and the Intelligence Community and discuss these issues,” he said. https://breakingdefense.com/2020/05/mda-all-domain-c2-key-to-countering-hypersonic-missiles

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    14 mars 2019 | Local, C4ISR

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    Le 14 mars 2019 – Ottawa (Ontario) – Défense nationale/Forces armées canadiennes La politique de défense du Canada, Protection, Sécurité, Engagement souligne l'importance de fournir aux femmes et aux hommes des Forces armées canadiennes l'équipement et le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour bien s'entraîner et réaliser leurs opérations. Le ministère de la Défense nationale a donc annoncé aujourd'hui l'attribution d'un contrat de soutien en service (SES) pour aider à maintenir et à renforcer les systèmes de communication et d'information dont dépend l'Armée canadienne pour informer et diriger les opérations terrestres. Le contrat de SES du matériel de renseignement, surveillance, acquisition d'objectifs et reconnaissance (ISTAR) a été attribué à Rheinmetall Canada pour une valeur de 57,49 M$. Ce système prend en charge les composants et les logiciels ISTAR qui assurent des échanges de données sans difficulté entre l'équipement de « détection » et de collecte de renseignements, tels que les véhicules aériens télépilotés ou les radars au sol, et le système de commandement terrestre, contrôle, communications, informatique, renseignement, surveillance et reconnaissance (C4ISR). Il s'agit de l'un des quatre contrats appuyant le système de C4ISR. Ce dernier est un système tactique hautement intégré composé de nombreux sous-systèmes de capteurs, de communication, de réseautage et de gestion de l'information. Il fait partie de tous les véhicules de l'Armée canadienne, de toutes les plates-formes d'armement et de tous les quartiers généraux afin d'aider à coordonner et à mener des opérations modernes. Ce système est aussi composé de plusieurs composants matériels, logiciels et microprogrammés, et agit essentiellement comme système nerveux central des forces déployées. Le contrat soutiendra environ 50 emplois hautement spécialisés au Canada. Citations « L'une de nos principales priorités est de fournir à nos femmes et à nos hommes en uniforme ce dont ils ont besoin pour faire le travail important que nous leur demandons. Ce contrat permettra de s'assurer que les commandants peuvent recevoir de l'information à partir d'équipements clés comme des radars au sol, ainsi que des systèmes de guerre électronique et d'aéronefs pilotés à distance afin qu'ils puissent prendre des décisions opportunes pour assurer le succès opérationnel. Le contrat soutiendra également 50 emplois au Québec et en Ontario. » – Le ministre de la Défense nationale, Harjit S. Sajjan Faits en bref Au mois de novembre 2017, une demande de propositions a été lancée pour le contrat de soutien ISTAR. Le 19 octobre 2018, le contrat a été attribué à Rheinmetall Canada. La durée du contrat est de cinq ans. Le contrat de soutien ISTAR est l'un des quatre contrats de SES du système de C4ISR. Ensemble, ces contrats fournissent des services essentiels qui comprennent des travaux techniques qui touchent au matériel et au logiciel, la résolution de problèmes logiciels, la correction de tout problème lié à l'équipement ainsi que l'analyse et le maintien de l'état du système. Le SES prend également en charge l'équipement spécifique du système de C4ISR comme les radios. Liens connexes Investir dans les Forces armées canadiennes Protection, Sécurité, Engagement : La politique de défense du Canada https://www.canada.ca/fr/ministere-defense-nationale/nouvelles/2019/03/garder-les-forces-armees-canadiennes-branchees.html

  • Radar upgrades for Halifax-class frigates and other news on defence contracts

    13 février 2019 | Local, Naval, C4ISR

    Radar upgrades for Halifax-class frigates and other news on defence contracts

    DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN Here are some updates on defence and aerospace industry contracts and appointments, that I outlined in the latest issue of Esprit de Corps magazine: The Canadian government has awarded a contract to Saab Microwave Canada for radar upgrades on the Halifax-class frigates. The $21.7 million contract is to procure a modern electronically-stabilized antenna set for the Sea Giraffe 180 radar, already installed on the frigates. The contract includes an option to acquire 12 more antenna sets, which could bring the total investment to $97.5 million, according to the federal government. Sea Giraffe 180 is a medium-range air and surface search radar. The upgrades to the antenna set will enhance its performance, increase its reach to up to 180 km, and provide new 3-D detection and tracking capability, according to the government. The frigate to receive the first antenna is currently expected to be HMCS St John's, in early 2021. The installation will coincide with its planned maintenance period schedules. The first M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) production basic/advanced trainer aircraft built by Leonardo successfully performed its maiden flight at Venegono Superiore airport in Varese, Italy in late December. The Italian Air Force, the launch customer, has a requirement for up to 45 M-345s (designated the T-345A by ITAF) to progressively replace 137 MB-339s, which first entered service in 1982, and to become the Italian Air Force's new aerobatic team airplane. At this point, the Italian Air Force has placed an order for five aircraft and the first will be delivered in early 2020. The new M-345s will integrate the M-346s used during the advanced training phase of the Italian Air Force's pilots. The new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) reduces the time required by Air Forces to train pilots, according to Leonardo. It also gives trainees the chance to fly an aircraft that features higher performance characteristics than other basic/advanced trainer aircraft currently in service around the world. The performance of the M-345 allows it to carry out the most demanding mission types found in a training syllabus, delivering high quality training at significantly lower cost. The M-345 cockpit architecture is the same as the frontline fighters. The M-345 can also perform operational roles, thanks to an extended flight envelope, with a high-speed maneuvering capability even at high altitudes, modern avionics systems, high load capacity and performance. Rheinmetall recently transferred a new nautical training facility to the German Navy School in Mürwik on the Baltic. One of the most advanced facilities of its kind, the German Navy will use it for training its bridge personnel, the company noted. It will be used for training all German Navy cadets, all future watch officers, and for preparing bridge personnel for nautical operations. The capability spectrum of the facility ranges from basic navigation and nautical training through to crew resource management, according to Rheinmetall. The facility includes two large and four small bridge simulators, six trainer stations, an auditorium for post-operation briefings as well as additional infrastructure for planning exercises and administrating and updating the database. Every surface combatant now in the German inventory – from minesweepers to supply ships – is modelled in the facility. This applies not only to the physical depiction of various ships and boats, but to their exact performance characteristics, Rheinmetall noted. In mid-December the Canadian Coast Guard received from Davie Shipbuilding the Captain Molly Kool, its first new icebreaker in the last 25 years. It is the first of three icebreakers that Davie will refit for the Coast Guard to fill a capability gap. The ship is named after Myrtle “Molly” Kool of New Brunswick who went on to become the first woman in North America to become a licensed ship captain. The federal government has approved a five-year contract extension with Quebec-based firm L3 MAS for the continued maintenance of the Royal Canadian Air Force's fleet of five CC-150 Polaris aircraft. The contract, valued at up to $230 million, is a renewal of the original in-service support contract awarded in 2013 to L3 MAS in Mirabel. The original contract included extension options for two five-year periods. The work will be done at Mirabel and at 8 Wing Trenton, ON where the fleet is based and operated by 437 Transport Squadron. The CC-150 Polaris is a multi-purpose, twin-engine, long-range jet aircraft that is used for strategic air-to-air refueling and transport. Two CC-150 Polaris aircraft are configured for strategic air-to-air refueling and the rest are used for transport and other roles. First-level maintenance will continue to take place at 8 Wing Trenton. The contract secures L3 MAS as the government's CC-150 support contractor up to March 2023, with eligibility for additional years (up to March 2028), subject to satisfactory performance. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/radar-upgrades-for-halifax-class-frigates-and-other-news-on-defence-contracts

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