30 mars 2021 | Local, Naval

Williams: Under this plan, Canada's new warships will never be built

Williams: Under this plan, Canada's new warships will never be built

DND’s position is unequivocal – and deeply flawed. The department will neither entertain a new design nor undertake a new procurement process.


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  • Unlike Finland, Canada nixes cold-weather tests, fly-off among competing fighter jets

    15 janvier 2020 | Local, Aérospatial

    Unlike Finland, Canada nixes cold-weather tests, fly-off among competing fighter jets

    Finland, which is considering the same aircraft as Canada, for its new jet fleet, is requiring each competing aerospace company to provide two aircraft to test at low temperatures and in real world operating conditions. DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN  Updated: January 15, 2020 Canada won’t conduct a fly-off between fighter jets competing to become the country’s new warplane nor conduct testing to see how such aircraft perform under cold weather conditions. The decision not to proceed with such tests under Canada’s $19-billion future fighter procurement program stands in contrast to Finland, which is considering the same aircraft as Canada, for its new jet fleet. Each competing aerospace company is required to provide Finland with two aircraft to test at low temperatures and be evaluated in real world operating conditions. Public Services and Procurement Canada has confirmed that Canada will not do any fly-offs among competing jet or tests for cold-weather operations like Finland has underway. “We do not have plans for an exercise of this nature,” stated department spokeswoman Stéfanie Hamel. Finland and Canada are considering the Boeing Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Saab Gripen. The Finnish Air Force is also testing the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, both of which pulled out of the Canadian competition because of worries the process was rigged to favour the F-35. Finland hopes to buy 64 aircraft. Canada will purchase 88 aircraft. Canadian aerospace industry representatives say the competing companies as well as allied air forces could provide Canada with results from tests they have conducted on the competing aircraft. Finland could have taken the same route but its procurement staff want to ensure the country is getting value for money since the project will cost around $14 billion. Finnish defence ministry program manager Lauri Puranen outlined in a blog post the extensive tests that will be conducted and the reasons for not relying on tests conducted by others. “The Finnish operating environment and operating methods may differ from other users’ weather and lighting conditions,” Puranen stated. “Winter conditions affect the operation of the multi-function fighter and especially the performance of electro-optical systems, but possibly other active and passive systems as well.” The fighter jet candidates will be tested on the ground, in the air, and during takeoff and landing, he added. The testing of the competing aircraft is currently underway. Another series of tests involving the jets taking part in flight operations and a simulated lengthy war game will be conducted by the Finnish Air Force later this year. Finland expects to select a winner for the aircraft program in 2021. The planes, which will replace Finland’s current fleet of F-18s, are expected in 2025. The Canadian government expects bids for its fighter jet program to be submitted by the end of March. A winning bidder is to be determined by early 2022. The first aircraft would be delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force by 2025. Information about how Canada intends to evaluate the jets is limited. But Public Services and Procurement Canada has noted that technical merit will make up the bulk of the assessment at 60 per cent. Cost and economic benefits companies can provide to Canada will each be worth 20 per cent. Concerns have been raised by Lockheed Martin’s rivals that the competition has been designed to favour the F-35. This newspaper reported last year the requirements for the new jets put emphasis on strategic attack and striking at ground targets during foreign missions. That criteria is seen to benefit the F-35. In addition, the federal government changed criteria on how it would assess industrial benefits after the U.S. government threatened to pull the F-35 from the competition. The Conservative government had previously selected the F-35 as the air force’s new jet but backed away from that plan after concerns about the technology and growing cost. During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau vowed that his government would not purchase the F-35. But at the same time, Trudeau stated his government would hold an open competition for the fighter purchase. The Liberal government backed away from its promise to freeze out the F-35 and the aircraft is now seen as a front-runner in the competition as it has many supporters in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Many of Canada’s allies plan to operate the plane. Canada is a partner in the F-35 program and has contributed funding for the aircraft’s development. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/unlike-finland-canada-nixes-cold-weather-tests-fly-off-among-competing-fighter-jets

  • RPAS community gathers for Tech Demo 2

    30 septembre 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

    RPAS community gathers for Tech Demo 2

    Once again this year, nearly 150 players in the aeronautics industry met at the Centre d’excellence sur les drones (CED) for the second edition of  Tech Demo, where the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) community got together to share technological advances. During this event, which took place on Sept. 25 and 26 in Alma, Que., participants learned more about the latest developments from Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). They also attended various conferences exploring drone image recognition, multi-mission systems, the niche of excellence in civil and commercial UAVs, ways to reduce time to market through drone simulation and trends in the drone ecosystem. Guests also had the opportunity to discuss issues related to operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), and take part in three panels about anti-UAV systems and airspace management. Seven system demonstrations were also carried out during the event, including one featuring a mastodon weighing more than 300 kilograms. “This autonomous system was developed for various surveillance and civil security missions by Quebec company Laflamme in collaboration with the American company General Dynamics. It was the first public technological demonstration of this system in Quebec, which generated a great deal of interest from the stakeholders present,” commented CED director general Marc Moffatt. He also added that, once again this year, the activity welcomed several major manufacturers, including Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, General Atomics, CAE, L3, Leonardo, and many others. According to CED president Alain Fortin, hosting an event like Tech Demo is very significant for the industry. “The drone community needs events around which to gather to feed each other. We are obviously thrilled with the scope of this second edition and, above all, very proud of the quality of the speakers in attendance. Several actors who orchestrate the development of drone regulation in Canada were among us over the past two days to listen to what the community had to teach them and to learn more about the potential of the CED,” said Fortin. “Our speakers come from all over the world, including the United States, England, Italy and even Ukraine. Over the years, the CED and its partners have built a whole regional ecosystem around the drone and we can see now that its strategic role in the development of this sector is recognized and well established,” he added. Made possible with the financial support from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation as well as General Dynamics Missions Systems, Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd. and CAE, the event has become a major annual event that is eagerly awaited by the industry. https://www.skiesmag.com/press-releases/rpas-community-gathers-for-tech-demo-2

  • Bluedrop receives Boeing contract to provide courseware support for CH-147F Chinook

    26 juin 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

    Bluedrop receives Boeing contract to provide courseware support for CH-147F Chinook

    Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc., a subsidiary of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., has received an in-service support (ISS) contract with Boeing to provide ongoing support for computer-based training (CBT) courseware for maintainers of Canada’s CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The agreement provides management and on-site support of instructor-led CBT materials used in the maintenance training classroom environment to facilitate efficient and timely updates to course materials used by training instructors with the 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. The contract performance period runs through March 31, 2023, with a value of US$2.2 million and potential for two additional option periods that could extend the contract through March 2033. “This is an important in-service support agreement that will provide critical support for CBT courseware and will ensure the RCAF maintenance personnel at 450 Squadron in CFB Petawawa will have high quality computer aided, instructor led training,” said Jean-Claude Siew, Bluedrop vice president of technology & simulation. “We will also provide onsite support that will be established at CFB Petawawa and provide training expertise to ensure that the courseware will evolve to meet enhanced requirements such as mobile delivery and advanced instructor interactivity. “We will provide additional support with our core team of e-learning professionals based in Halifax and utilize Bluedrop’s Learninglogics learning management system.  We thank Boeing for its continued trust in Bluedrop’s expertise and innovation capabilities of our Halifax-based training team.” https://www.verticalmag.com/press-releases/bluedrop-receives-boeing-contract-to-provide-courseware-support-for-ch-147f-chinook/

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