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  • Royal Canadian Air Force wants more than a few good pilots as it’s losing many of them to commercial jobs

    13 février 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

    Royal Canadian Air Force wants more than a few good pilots as it’s losing many of them to commercial jobs

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  • Calian Re-Wins Significant Defence Training Contract Valued at up to $170 Million

    19 novembre 2018 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

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