Hits and Misses for October 27, 2014

Crowd funding for slain soldiers' families shatters expectations and early goals

A crowd funding initiative organized to raise money for the families of two soldiers slain in separate attacks last week has collected far more than its original goal of $10,000.

An Indiegogo campaign to assist the loved ones left behind by the murders of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was intentionally run over in a Quebec parking lot on Oct. 20, and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed two days later while standing guard at the national War Memorial in Ottawa is at $470,000 at the time of this blog's publication.

"Kathy Cirillo, Nathan's mother and Marcus' grandmother, is overwhelmed by the compassion, the concern, and the condolences for her son and her grandson," read a statement on behalf of the family. "She has expressed her abiding thanks to all Canadians for their thoughts, their prayers, and this generous act of lasting remembrance."

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, left, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, right.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, left, and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, right.

HMCS Toronto completes Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION

Ottawa - Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto completed her participation in Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION today as part of her Operation REASSURANCE deployment in the Mediterranean Sea in response to the Putin regime’s aggressive military actions against Ukraine.

HMCS Toronto remains engaged with Op REASSURANCE, tasked with patrolling the Mediterranean  to help detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity with Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2). Her presence in the Mediterranean Sea gives Canada the flexibility and capability to respond quickly to emerging crises in the region.

BBC explains that Zehaf-Bibeau made a video that proves the gunman was ideologically driven, while police found a knife he owned at his aunt's home. http://bbc.in/1wBTv8H

Scott Taylor's column in the Chronicle Herald. Social media magnified hysteria over Ottawa shooting. http://bit.ly/1txy5Z2

DefenceReport.com: The Weekly Recap. http://bit.ly/1yFOqKC

Defence Watch: In Pictures: B-52s take part in NORAD exercise. http://bit.ly/1wC4fkb

Defence Watch: Canada involved in NATO anti-sub warfare experiment. http://bit.ly/1xvA3Hj


With MBDA entering into active negotiations with various export prospects regarding CWSP (Compact Warfare System Package) systems, the company has decided to give the product a commercial name. As of now, CWSP will be included in MBDA’s portfolio of products and marketed as SEA RANGER.

SEA RANGER is a combat system based on the most recent missile additions to MBDA’s product range. It is aimed at vessels having responsibility for the safety and security of highly sensitive coastal zones or for providing logistics ships with an effective means of self defence. The system is provided as a turnkey solution by MBDA, integrating the radar and optical sensors as well as a command, control and communication system (C3S) allowing for the optimal deployment of SEA RANGER’s air defence and anti-ship missiles in complex environments.

Calling on its extensive experience in naval combat systems, MBDA is taking responsibility for the full integration of the system on board the relevant vessel and also for providing full customer support in assuring the effective carrying out of the project.

Based on a modular architecture, SEA RANGER can be configured in line with the missile systems to be integrated : for air defence, the MISTRAL system comprising one to four SIMBAD-RC automated turrets (first deliveries of SIMBAD-RC are scheduled for 2015); and for anti-surface warfare in the littoral, the short range anti-ship system, BRIMSTONE, for countering saturating attacks carried out by FIACs (Fast Inshore Attack Craft) or the medium range anti-ship system, MARTE Mk2/N, capable of dealing with intermediate sized vessels.