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  • Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue Announce Successful Deployment of geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR Missions with Talon Helicopters, LineVision Software Donation

    20 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue Announce Successful Deployment of geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR Missions with Talon Helicopters, LineVision Software Donation

    FORT COLLINS, Colorado/VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial full motion video in airborne and rugged vehicle environments. The geoDVR’s ability to reliably record HD color and IR, along with continuous GPS data and Live Moving Maps, makes it ideally suited for professional airborne search & rescue, law enforcement and infrastructure inspection applications that utilize multi-sensor gimbal video cameras. “Remote Geo has a reputation for building one of the industry’s most dependable and user-friendly airborne geospatial video recorders, complete with flexible post-flight mapping tools. So the geoDVR Gen2 was an obvious choice when we were asked to fly the FLIR on the TwinStar for mountain search and rescue,” says Peter Murray, Founder/Operations Manager at Talon Helicopters.   North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters team operate the geoDVR and FLIR during ground training in October 2017   “Adding the FLIR camera to North Shore Rescue’s toolbox has been a great enhancement to NSR’s capabilities. Having the ability to record and geo-track the location of the video seemed essential to maximizing the full potential of the FLIR camera. The geoDVR allows searchers to review recorded video for clues that may or may not have been observed during the flight,” says Jim Loree, North Shore Rescue SAR Manager and Air Operations Coordinator. According to Loree, “This feature could also be highly valuable in a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake where widespread areas are surveyed for damage. Emergency Operation Centers would be able to use the data to help them make decisions on where and how to deploy resources based on the exact location and extent of damages provided by the video recording.” North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters will use the geoDVR with a FLIR generously donated by Port of Vancouver to perform helicopter-based SAR operations with color and infrared. Then, using LineVision™ software post-flight, North Shore Rescue will review the geoDVR videos and flight tracks overlaid on Google Earth and Esri maps for training mission planning and recovery operations. Since North Shore Rescue is an all volunteer organization, Remote GeoSystems donated 18 LineVision Esri Maps and LineVision Google Earth licenses as part of the implementation. ### About North Shore Rescue North Shore Rescue (North Shore Search and Rescue) is a volunteer community-based Mountain Search and Rescue Team based in Vancouver, BC and performs approximately 130 rescue calls a year. The team consists of approximately 45 volunteers skilled in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings. The team has existed for 50 years, making it one of the oldest SAR teams in Canada. During this time the number of calls each year has gradually increased. Over the past 50 years the team has been involved in more than 2500 search and rescue operations volunteering over 200,000 hours of effort. These calls have involved over 2000 subjects, and approximately 25% of the calls have involved subject injuries or death. Learn more by visiting http://www.northshorerescue.com/ About Talon Helicopters Talon is Vancouver’s number one supplier of helicopter services, and the region’s largest supplier of intermediate helicopters. Talon is locally owned and operated, and provides exceptional customer service with 20 years of incident and accident free operations. Specialized mission services include search & rescue, broadcast and film, wildfire suppression and utility patrols/operations. Learn more by visiting http://www.taloncopters.com/   https://www.remotegeo.com/north-shore-rescue-talon-helicopters-geodvr-flir-sar/

  • Australian F-18s being considered by Canada will need overhaul to keep flying

    16 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial

    Australian F-18s being considered by Canada will need overhaul to keep flying

    Canada is waiting to hear back from Australia on its offer to purchase F-18s from that country. The Australian planes would be added to the RCAF’s flight line to shore up the existing fleet of CF-18s. But if that deal does proceed the RCAF expects that structural work will have to be done to extend the lives of the planes. RCAF commander Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood suggested to Defense News and FlightGlobal that L-3 in Quebec would get any upgrade contract since that firm has done similar work for the airforce on its existing CF-18s. But Hood told Defense News at the Dubai airshow that even with that work to be done, the RCAF would be able to acquire the Australian aircraft “within the next couple of years” once a decision is made. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/australian-f-18s-being-considered-by-canada-to-need-overhaul-to-keep-flying?utm_source=skies-daily-news-news-from-the-web

  • Mise à jour et nouveau nom du projet de système interarmées de surveillance et d’acquisition d’objectifs au moyen de véhicules aériens sans pilote

    16 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial

    Mise à jour et nouveau nom du projet de système interarmées de surveillance et d’acquisition d’objectifs au moyen de véhicules aériens sans pilote

    Article de nouvelles / Le 14 novembre 2017 Aviation royale canadienne Le projet de système interarmées de surveillance et d’acquisition d’objectifs au moyen de véhicules aériens sans pilote (JUSTAS) de l’Aviation royale canadienne a été mis sur pied en vue de l’achat d’un système d’aéronef sans pilote (UAS) pour les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC). Le projet en est actuellement au stade de l’analyse des options. Cet automne, le nom du projet a été changé pour celui de système d’aéronef télépiloté (SATP). Ce changement correspond aux modifications apportées aux lexiques et aux systèmes de classification de nos alliés et reflète plus précisément le mode d’utilisation des systèmes. Comme le précise la politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, publiée en juin 2017, les systèmes d’aéronefs télépilotés (SATP) font maintenant partie intégrante des opérations militaires modernes. Des aéronefs télépilotés (ATP), comme le CU-170 Heron de l’ARC et d’autres aéronefs sans pilote, ont été déployés au cours d’opérations militaires canadiennes et offrent plusieurs avantages, notamment la capacité de rester en vol beaucoup plus longtemps que les véhicules de surveillance stratégique actuels. L’utilisation d’aéronefs télépilotés réduit aussi les risques courus par les militaires des FAC qui font fonctionner l’appareil à distance et à partir d’un endroit moins dangereux, et permet de déterminer les menaces potentielles qui pourraient peser sur les militaires des FAC qui se trouvent dans la zone des opérations. Les aéronefs télépilotés seront munis d’une large gamme de charges utiles et de capteurs qui détecteront les sujets d’intérêt au cours d’opérations tous temps, y compris dans l’Arctique canadien, et qui pourront apporter leur concours à une large gamme de missions, de la surveillance continue aux missions de combat en passant par le soutien aux missions de recherche et de sauvetage.  Les responsables du projet SATP prévoient que les aéronefs télépilotés peuvent, en fait, être employés dans le cadre des huit missions essentielles décrites dans la politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, au pays et à l’étranger. Le projet SATP appuie directement les initiatives 91 et 92, qui indiquent que le gouvernement « investira dans divers systèmes télépilotés » et « fera de la recherche et du développement pour les capacités terrestres, maritimes et aériennes télépilotées ». Le projet SATP Bien que le nom ait changé, l’objectif du projet SATP reste d’offrir une capacité de renseignement, de surveillance, d’acquisition d’objectifs et de reconnaissance persistante à long rayon d’action. Le projet fera partie d’un réseau de systèmes de systèmes et pourra fournir des renseignements en temps quasi réel aux commandants tactiques, opérationnels et stratégiques, en soutien aux opérations au pays et aux opérations de déploiement. Au besoin, il pourra aussi fournir une capacité de frappe de précision en soutien aux opérations. Le projet vient compléter les capacités existantes des FAC, comme l’aéronef de patrouille à long rayon d’action CP-140 Aurora. Le projet SATP ne vise pas à remplacer des véhicules. Phases du projet Le projet SATP en est actuellement au stade de l’analyse des options : L’analyse des options permet à la haute direction du ministère de prendre une décision éclairée quant à la meilleure façon de mettre en œuvre un projet afin de tenter d’atteindre la capacité indiquée d’une façon acceptable aux yeux du gouvernement. Au cours de cette phase, les options sont formulées, les coûts et les avantages sont évalués et une analyse de rentabilité est développée pour chacune des options. La phase de définition d’un projet marque la transition entre la détermination de ce qui devrait être fait pour combler une insuffisance de capacité et la détermination de la façon dont l’option privilégiée sera mise en œuvre. C’est au cours de cette phase que le projet est planifié. Les activités incluent notamment : l’exécution d’un examen détaillé des exigences du projet et d’une évaluation des risques, l’établissement des coûts et la planification de la phase de mise en œuvre et le choix de la stratégie d’approvisionnement privilégiée. Les projets qui se trouvent en phase de mise en œuvre ont reçu les approbations nécessaires pour la conclusion de contrats et l’engagement des fonds et des ressources nécessaires pour que le projet soit mené à terme. La capacité opérationnelle initiale, le moment où la capacité d’emploi de la ressource est d’abord atteinte, est prévue pour l’année financière 2025-2026, selon la directive présentée dans la politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement. Coûts du projet Les coûts sont évalués dans le cadre de la phase d’analyse des options et se préciseront au cours de la phase de définition. Le coût estimatif dépendra de la stratégie d’approvisionnement approuvée, de l’infrastructure et du type de véhicule choisi. Les coûts comprendront les capteurs, les éléments au sol et l’infrastructure connexes. Nombre d’appareils Aucune décision n’a été prise relativement au nombre d’appareils. Le nombre de SATP sera suffisant pour répondre simultanément à trois lignes de missions et pourrait être touché par la stratégie d’approvisionnement, l’infrastructure, et les véhicules précis choisis. Retombées économiques La politique relative aux retombées industrielles et technologiques, proposition de valeur comprise, s’appliquera à la présente activité d’approvisionnement, et exige que l’entrepreneur principal du projet investisse 100 % de la valeur du contrat dans l’économie canadienne.  La proposition de valeur est l’engagement économique que le soumissionnaire prend initialement envers le Canada au moment de la soumission, et est un facteur noté et pondéré lors du choix de l’adjudicataire. Elle devient un engagement contractuel pour l’adjudicataire. Les exigences de la proposition de valeur sont adaptées à chaque approvisionnement afin de permettre au gouvernement de canaliser les investissements et de profiter des occasions économiques uniques offertes par chaque projet.  Utilisations des SATP Au pays, les SATP renforceront la capacité de surveillance des approches maritimes et nordiques du Canada et appuieront les opérations de recherche et de sauvetage. Les SATP permettront aux FAC d’aider d’autres ministères gouvernementaux en offrant du soutien à la sécurité lors d’événements spéciaux, comme les sommets internationaux, en apportant de l’aide aux autorités civiles, comme lors des incendies de forêt ou d’inondations, ainsi qu’en offrant du soutien aux opérations des autorités policières.  À l’étranger, les SATP pourront détecter, reconnaître, identifier et poursuivre des cibles d’intérêt dans des milieux complexes et s’intégrer aux systèmes nécessaires pour traiter et fusionner les informations recueillies en renseignement donnant un droit d’action. Capacité de frappe de précision des SATP La politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement indique que les SATP auront une capacité de frappe de précision – ils pourront être armés. La capacité de cibler et d’exécuter des frappes de précision assure que si une menace est détectée, elle pourra aussi être neutralisée à ce moment. Comme lors de l’utilisation de tout autre système d’armes, les aéronefs télépilotés seront utilisés par les FAC conformément aux lois nationales et internationales. Les opérations seront exécutées dans le strict respect des contrôles, procédures et règles d’engagement qui régissent l’utilisation de la force ou de toute autre arme. Tous ces systèmes seraient télépilotés par des militaires des FAC participant directement au processus de prise de décision de l’exécution d’une frappe. Cependant, les SATP ne seront armés que si cela est nécessaire pour la tâche attribuée. Milieux opérationnels Le SATP pourra être utilisé partout dans le monde, dans toutes les conditions météorologiques, à tout moment de la journée, et aura le rayon d’action et l’autonomie pour atteindre tout endroit dans l’espace aérien du Canada à partir de tout emplacement d’opérations adéquat. Le système devra aussi pouvoir fonctionner dans des milieux de faible à moyen risque, dans des contextes de collaboration avec d’autres ministères gouvernementaux et dans le cadre d’une coalition avec nos alliés. L’ARC assure la souveraineté du Canada au moyen de sa capacité de répondre rapidement à toute menace. L’investissement dans le projet SATP, comme il est indiqué dans la politique de défense Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, permet d’augmenter la capacité de l’ARC de continuer à fournir une puissance aérienne de façon agile et intégrée tout en disposant de la portée nécessaire pour répondre à toute demande formulée par le gouvernement du Canada. Tout fournisseur intéressé devrait adresser toute question liée à ce projet au Responsable de l’approvisionnement de Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada (SPAC). Article: http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/fr/nouvelles-modele-standard.page?doc=mise-a-jour-et-nouveau-nom-du-projet-de-systeme-interarmees-de-surveillance-et-d-acquisition-d-objectifs-au-moyen-de-vehicules-aeriens-sans-pilote/j9u7rzyf

  • PAL soon hiring for SAR main operating bases

    15 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial

    PAL soon hiring for SAR main operating bases

    Posted on November 15, 2017 by Chris Thatcher The in-service support and training systems team behind Canada’s new fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft expects to begin construction on a training centre at 19 Wing Comox, B.C., before the end of the year. Eva Martinez, PAL Aerospace vice president of in-service support, said the first shovel should break ground in December. “We’re working on finalizing that date,” she told the Best Defence Conference in London, Ont., on Nov. 1. Canada’s 16 C295W aircraft will likely be distributed three per base, with two marked for training and two to be rotated amongst the SAR squadrons to cover for aircraft undergoing maintenance. Airbus Photo The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will take delivery of the first of 16 Airbus C295W search and rescue aircraft in April 2020 at a renewed main operating base at 19 Wing, scheduled to be stood up in December 2019. Airbus was awarded a $2.4 billion contract in December 2016 to replace the RCAF’s fleet of six CC-115 Buffalos and several CC-130H Hercules assigned to search and rescue duty. The contract includes delivery of the aircraft, construction of a state-of-the-art training centre, and the first five years of maintenance and support. Options for an additional 15 years of maintenance and support services could extend the agreement to 2042 and the total value to $4.7 billion. As part of the Airbus team, PAL Aerospace will provide program management services, in-service support (ISS), maintenance and logistics support, heavy maintenance, a mobile repair team, and manage a centralized supply chain. The two companies have created a Canadian joint venture called AirPro to serve as the ISS integrator. And as a Tier 1 supplier to Airbus, PAL will provide direct maintenance, repair and overall (MRO) services as well as logistics and engineering augmentation. While CAE Canada has responsibility for the training program, infrastructure and support, PAL has the task of creating a contractor field office and tool and parts warehouse and staffing an integrated team of aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) at the four main operating bases in Comox, Winnipeg, Trenton, Ont., and Greenwood, N.S. It will also set up a central warehouse in Winnipeg to supply all four bases, alongside an MRO facility for heavy inspections and the mobile repair party. An interim warehouse will be created in St. John’s, N.L., until the Winnipeg facility is ready in December 2022. “Next year, we begin the wave of hiring,” said Martinez, noting that AMEs, a senior maintenance manager and other personnel will all need to be in place as the facilities and services at each main operating base come online, starting with Comox and then likely Winnipeg, Trenton and Greenwood, “though that may change.” This rendering shows the new fixed-wing search and rescue training centre to be built at 19 Wing Comox, B.C. CAE Image The 16 C295W aircraft will likely be distributed three per base, with two marked for training and two to be rotated amongst the SAR squadrons to cover for aircraft undergoing maintenance, she said. Although St. John’s-based PAL has been providing airline, aviation and manufacturing services since 1972, establishing a global reputation in the process, the FWSAR contract has helped put the company “on the map” in Canada, Martinez acknowledged. As part of its central role in the program, PAL will be leaning on a wider supply chain of small and medium Canadian companies to achieve its industrial and technological benefits (ITB) obligations. “[We] will be expecting [our] suppliers to provide the support that we need so we too can meet our ITB and value proposition contractual commitments,” she said. As one of the first large projects to move through the procurement process since the government in 2014 introduced a defence procurement strategy emphasizing value propositions (VP) to enhance economic returns, the “FWSAR contract is actually the first in Canada to fall under a measured VP,” Martinez noted. “In other words, [the VP] wasn’t just used for bid evaluation. A variety of tasks have already been pre-determined against which every Tier 1 will have to identify their labour hours specific to each of those tasks.” While Airbus will have an obligation to invest at least 15 per cent of its ITB commitments in small and medium enterprises, PAL’s requirement is just 1.4 per cent. Martinez stressed, however, that the company would be looking well beyond that for additional Canadian content. “That does not mean we are going to cap ourselves at 1.4 per cent. We have just as much interest [as Airbus] in working with small and medium enterprises where it makes sense in terms of performance,” she said. https://www.skiesmag.com/news/pal-soon-hiring-sar-main-operating-bases/

  • French and Italian firms to submit joint bid on Canadian Surface Combatant

    14 novembre 2017 | Local, Naval

    French and Italian firms to submit joint bid on Canadian Surface Combatant

    Fincantieri of Italy and Naval Group of France have confirmed they will jointly bid the FREMM frigate for the Canadian Surface Combatant program. Bids are due on Nov. 30. Fincantieri General Manager Alberto Maestrini told analysts of the joint bid in a Nov. 10 teleconference. CSC will see the construction of 15 new warships. Maestrini also said the FREMM frigate would be well-suited for another pending program, according to a report in Defense News. “We think it will also match perfectly the requirements put forward by the U.S. Navy in their recent request for design proposals for the Future Frigate Program,” Maestrini told analysts. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/french-and-italian-firms-to-submit-joint-bid-on-canadian-surface-combatant

  • PAL Aerospace and CarteNav with partner Thales Unveil Force Multiplier at Dubai Airshow

    13 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    PAL Aerospace and CarteNav with partner Thales Unveil Force Multiplier at Dubai Airshow

    PAL Aerospace and CarteNav Solutions Announce launch of Force Multiplier An Industry leading “On Demand” Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance special mission platform On the occasion of the Dubai Air Dhow, DAS, PAL Aerospace announced the first public appearance of an On-Demand, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Special Mission Platform named the Force Multiplier. Force Multiplier is an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform for special missions operations. Ownership, operation, and maintenance are all responsibilities of PAL Aerospace and clients simply acquire the actionable data and experience that they require on this industry leading platform. The Special Mission platform is equipped with two full mission system suites, AMASCOS®, from Thales, and AIMS-ISR® from CarteNav – both mission system software suites which will accommodate a diverse range of ISR applications. Both mission systems will integrate to the Thales SEARCHMASTER® radar which is the highest performance-to-weight radar on the market. The solution fits interim and immediate requirements for surveillance and/or training missions under an on-demand contracting model. PAL Aerospace has operated over 250,000 flight hours of Special Missions and has over 40 Years of Fixed Wing Operations and Surveillance Experience. Our experience as an operator of surveillance missions leaves us uniquely qualified to bring this new platform to market with a view towards client needs and future innovation. Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer of PAL Aerospace, stated, “The announcement of this ISR asset is transformational for our organization. We are committed to delivering this platform so our customers can react when they need it most. We are confident that our clients will appreciate the approach that we have taken to provide a flexible, proven, reliable and low-risk solution.” Rick Hillier, General (retired – Former Chief of the Canadian Defense Staff), Chairman - PAL Aerospace, LLC stated “We are pleased to announce this significant investment at the Dubai Air Show to reinforce our commitment to this region and our over 10 year commitment to the people of the UAE.” "The entire CarteNav team is excited by the launch of Force Multiplier and are pleased to be a partner on this initiative. We are looking forward to delivering advanced ISR mission system and information management capabilities for a diversity of end customer’s mission requirements. In addition, Force Multiplier is a platform that is ideal for ongoing innovation and advanced product development.” said Paul Evans, President of CarteNav Solutions. Speaking of the partnership, Philippe Duhamel, EVP Defence Mission Systems activities at Thales said, “We have a longstanding cooperation with PAL Aerospace where we have commonly addressed the UAE’s and other clients’ needs and delivered maritime patrol aircraft with a comprehensive suite of ISR solutions in past. Through the Force Multiplier and the collaboration with PAL Aerospace, Thales will be able to further extend its service offering and demonstrate our capabilities to our entire global customer base.” https://www.palaerospace.com/s/Media-Release-PAL-Aerospace-Force-Multiplier-Launch.pdf

  • Canadian air chief looks to speed up up fighter buy

    11 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial

    Canadian air chief looks to speed up up fighter buy

    DUBAI — Canada will kick start its competition for a future fighter jet in 2019 with the hopes of awarding a contract by 2021, but the head of the Royal Canadian Air Force wants the process to move as quickly as possible. “The plan right now is to have a request for proposal out to industry by 2019. we’re in discussions and have been in discussions with a number of the people who are considering competing for that, and what I’d like to see is that accelerated as much as possible,” said RCAF commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hood, in an exclusive interview with Defense News. “A 2019 RFP would get us into contract probably by 2021, and certainly my advice to government is the sooner the better.” The RCAF wants to procure 88 fighter jets to replace its current inventory of aging 76 F/A-18 Hornets, which are nearing the end of their lifespans. Canada is an international participant in the F-35 joint strike fighter program and has helped pay for the development of the aircraft. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed not to procure the F-35 during his campaign, and his government has opened up the competition to industry instead of moving forward with a sole-source acquisition. The Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, Boeing Super Hornet and Saab’s Gripen E are all projected to compete for the opportunity. To bridge the gap between its Hornet fleet and a future fighter, the RCAF initially intended to procure 18 F/A-18 Super Hornets from Boeing — a move some analysts speculated could trigger a larger procurement later on. However, the Canadian government suspended the deal due to Boeing’s legal complaint against Canadian aerospace company Bombardier over its commercial business. With a Super Hornet buy unlikely as long as Boeing and Bombardier feud, and Trudeau’s promise not to buy the F-35, U.S. defense experts worry that Canada could be driven into the arms of a European fighter manufacturer, thus eroding Canada’s long tradition of flying U.S. jets — a move that increases the militaries’ interoperability. However, Hood stated that interoperability with the United States continues to be “the most important thing to me as command of the Royal Canadian Air Force.” “Every step less of interoperability is one step less of effectiveness, so interoperability is right at the top of the list beside operational advantage,” he said. “I want the young men and women that are going to be flying fighters into harm’s way to have an operational advantage, and that will be key to me in the competition that’s coming.” That need for interoperability with the U.S. Air Force does not diminish the chances of European fighters, he added. Canada continues to investigate alternative ways to acquire an interim fleet of F/A-18s, including potentially buying used Hornets from Australia. However, a potential deal for Super Hornets with Boeing is still on the table, Hood said. “I think the government has been presented with the FMS case for Boeing. And as they’re looking at options, that’s one option,” he said. “The Australian aircraft are another, and the government has not made a decision yet.” If the RCAF moves forward with a used Hornet buy from Australia, it will have to extend the lives of the airframes, which are meeting their structural ends, Hood noted. That business would likely go to L3 Technologies, which has done life extension work on the Canadian F/A-18s in the past. But Canada would still be able to acquire the aircraft “within the next couple of years” once a decision is made. Lockheed officials have said that if Canada ultimately decided not to procure the F-35, it could end its industrial partnership with Canadian firms — which totals 110 Canadian companies with $750 million in contracts, according to Lockheed — that already help manufacture the F-35. However, asked whether Canada was concerned about losing that business, Hood demurred. “I’m not privy to the industrial aspects of our partnership with Lockheed Martin,” he said. “What I can say is Lockheed Martin is a fantastic partner for Canada and for the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been for years. We remain very, very strongly engaged both in the joint project office and helping to continue with the development of the F-35, and Canadian companies continue to bid and win on contracts with that.” https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/dubai-air-show/2017/11/11/canadian-air-chief-the-sooner-the-better-on-fighter-acquisition/

  • Submission of bids delayed again on Canadian Surface Combatant program

    10 novembre 2017 | Local, Naval

    Submission of bids delayed again on Canadian Surface Combatant program

    The Canadian government and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. are extending the submission deadline for the request for proposals for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) fleet to November 30. The previous deadline had been Nov. 17.  The Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest, most complex procurement undertaken by the government, according to Public Services and Procurement Canada. The ships being built will form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. A winning bidder will be announced sometime in 2018 and the start of ship construction remains scheduled for the early 2020s, the government noted in a statement Friday. Bidding has been delayed a number of times now. At one point, construction of the vessels was supposed to start in 2018. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/submission-of-bids-delayed-again-on-canadian-surface-combatant-program

  • Airbus eyes Canadian military deal, further cooperation with Bombardier

    9 novembre 2017 | Local, Aérospatial

    Airbus eyes Canadian military deal, further cooperation with Bombardier

    OTTAWA/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Airbus SE (AIR.PA) could cooperate further with Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) beyond a recent venture in the CSeries jets, if its fighter jet is permitted to compete in a Canadian military procurement, and its partners agree, an executive said on Wednesday. Canada said last year it will launch an open competition to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets and a request for proposal for the open competition is expected in 2019. Dirk Hoke, chief executive of Airbus Defense and Space, said the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet could be an option for further collaboration with Bombardier, although he did not specify further. “We will definitely also look at additional potential further cooperation with Bombardier beyond just the CSeries,” Hoke told Reuters on the sidelines of an Ottawa aerospace conference, adding that he was “very optimistic and positive about us entering this competition.” Airbus last month agreed to take a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries jets program, bolstering the Canadian plane’s sales and giving it a possible way out of a damaging trade dispute with Boeing Co (BA.N) and U.S. regulators. The CSeries trade dispute has muddied a potential interim military contract between Boeing and Canada for 18 Super Hornet fighter jets, creating new opportunities for rivals like Airbus, Dassault Aviation SA (AVMD.PA) and Lockheed Martin(LMT.N). Boeing and Canada had initially discussed purchasing the fighters as a stop-gap measure while the country prepared an open five-year competition to replace its aging fleet of 77 Boeing CF-18 fighter jets. Canada has halted talks with Boeing because of the dispute. Hoke said Airbus is not considering jumping into the interim bid for fighter jets and is waiting to see the specifics from the Canadian government on the open competition. “Right now, we have a very positive feeling about it but of course we have to see ... what (are) the specifications that have been finally defined and confirmed.” In 2016, Canada selected Airbus C295W aircraft for its fixed-wing search and rescue program, estimated at C$3 billion ($2.36 billion). Boeing has accused Bombardier of receiving illegal subsidies and dumping the CSeries at “absurdly low” prices in the U.S. market to win a key April 2016 order from Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N). The U.S. Commerce Department has notched up proposed trade duties on U.S. sales of CSeries jets at nearly 300 percent, in a case that will be decided next year at the International Trade Commission.

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