INDUSTRY updates

Airborne Systems is honored to announce that we have been officially awarded the contract for the Enhanced Multi-Mission Parachute System (E-MMPS) for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The E-MMPS is equipped with an Airborne Systems proprietary Hi-5 canopy and Edge harness container, as well as an attachable military working dog harness. The E-MMPS features our latest STORM drogue release system. Airborne Systems will provide training services, commercial manuals, and all necessary support to ensure the successful fielding of this new parachute system. The combination of elements in the E-MMPS is the result of several years of research and development by the Airborne Systems team and partners. This new system will replace the existing legacy MMPS currently in use.

The Hi-5 canopy is best known for its outstanding glide modulation system. The Hi-5 features a remarkable 5.5:1 glide ratio and can transition to a 1:1 glide ratio with a simple control input using the Glide Modulation System. JC Berland, Chief Technology Officer of Airborne Systems, says, “The Hi-5 offers superior glide performance with its unique patent pending Glide Modulation System. It offers stability and resistance to stall and allows for the most accurate landings.”

This is a significant win for Airborne Systems. It expands our customer base and signifies the trust in our design and ingenuity. We are constantly providing the best technology available worldwide, and when that technology does not exist, we develop it ourselves. Airborne Systems is thrilled not only to meet the unique and specific requirements of the USMC, but also to offer the newest technology currently available for tactical operations in the world. We are confident in our products and are honored to have been chosen by the USMC for this opportunity.

January 18, 2017

Airborne Systems North America is Awarded US Marine Corps Enhanced Multi-Mission Parachute System Contract

The National Council of Veteran Associations (NCVA) and The War Amps of Canada contend that Minister O’Regan’s announcement regarding the long-awaited “lifelong pension” has failed to live up to the Liberal government’s election commitment to address the inequities in the New Veterans Charter, and continues to ignore “the elephant in the room” which has overshadowed this discussion.


Minister O’Regan’s announcement suggested that the “pension for life” would include the following three “pillars”:



January 9, 2017


The Royal Navy has successfully conducted the final First of Class firing trials of the new Sea Ceptor air defence system – completing the qualification firings of this cutting-edge new capability for the Royal Navy.

Following on from the first round of trials this summer, the second set of trials from HMS Argyll saw the system tested against more complex scenarios, including rapidly engaging multiple simultaneous threats.

With HMS Argyll having completed development testing of Sea Ceptor, the weapon system is now being rolled out to the Royal Navy’s other Type 23 Frigates.  


December 20, 2017

Royal Navy completes Sea Ceptor firing trials

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) today celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) - OFSV1, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV).

In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company's state-of-the-art facility in North Vancouver for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy. OFSV1 is the first large vessel to be designed, built and launched under the NSS. It represents an important milestone in Seaspan's long-term strategic relationship with the Government of Canada.

"Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be building ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy," said Brian Carter, President & CEO - Seaspan Shipyards.  "Today's event is an exciting occasion for not only our company and employees, but Canada's broader shipbuilding and marine industries; it is a chance to celebrate this shared achievement and acknowledge the long-term partnership that exists between Canada and Seaspan to build non-combat vessels in British Columbia."


December 12, 2017

Seaspan Shipyards and the Government of Canada Celebrate the Launch of the First Large Vessel Designed and Built Under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy

This first of class vessel represents a remarkable achievement as the first large non-combat ship to be designed and built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), demonstrating the domestic shipbuilding industry’s strength and capabilities.

The NSS enables Thales to make significant investments in its people, processes, and facilities, supporting the creation of 80 highly skilled jobs in Ottawa, Vancouver and Victoria.

“Thales is proud to participate in the National Shipbuilding Strategy and ensure the integration of the electronic systems for the navigation, communications and mission systems of this non-combat ship. In addition, Thales is responsible for the assembly and integration of the bridge of the OFSV that will be relied upon by the Canadian Coast Guard, its scientists and researchers to better understand our maritime environment,” said Mark Halinaty, President & CEO of Thales in Canada.

Seaspan relies on Thales as a Tier 1 partner for the selection, procurement and integration of the electronic systems and equipment onboard the vessels being constructed in Vancouver. The OFSV demonstrates the integration of Thales’ unique capabilities with equipment procured from seven different provinces across the country, Thales supports Seaspan in building a modern, specialized science vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard. As a Top 100 Canadian corporate R&D investor Thales is committed to creating value in Canada.

December 12, 2017

Thales celebrates launch of first large vessel under the National Shipbuilding Strategy

Marignane, France,

The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel.


The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a full composite fuselage, the advantages of which include a lighter fuel-saving airframe, performance optimization and simplified maintenance.

December 12, 2017

H160’s third prototype gets its carbon design livery

Signature livery a nod to A350XWB paint scheme

(Calgary, Canada, November 29, 2017) NovAtel® announced today that its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) has been selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigates to meet a requirement as part of a protected navigation system. These vessels are 21st Century warships that will replace the Type 23 Frigate as the workhorse of the British Fleet, undertaking the Royal Navy's three core roles - warfighting, maritime security and international engagement - on the world stage.

GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, ensuring that the satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available. It is a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, and comes in versions suitable for land, sea, fixed installations and smaller platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  Warships, military vehicles and platforms, networks and timing infrastructure can all benefit from the protection that GAJT provides. There is no need to replace GPS receivers already installed, as GAJT works with civil and military receivers including SAASM and M-Code.

“The selection of GAJT for the Type 26 Frigates is the result of cooperation between Drumgrange, with its proven track record for rapid realisation of demanding defence design tasks, and Forsberg Services, an established navigation systems company and NovAtel dealer whose high quality manufacturing was instrumental to the project.” Peter Soar, Business Development Manager, Military and Defence of NovAtel said, adding, "GAJT is in use operationally and has been shipped to 16 allied nations around the globe. We are grateful for the rigorous technology selection process conducted which led to this choice.”

NovAtel’s commitment to precise, assured positioning and timing is central to the design of the GAJT antenna.  The company’s lean manufacturing techniques and quality processes mean that it can ramp up quickly to meet volume requirements. Reliability is assured by NovAtel's industry-best low return rate.

December 1, 2017

NovAtels GPS Anti-Jam Technology Selected for the United Kingdoms Type 26 Frigate

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that our women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) receive the services they need to do their work.

Canada invests $480 million in air combat training services for the CAF. (CNW Group/Public Services and Procurement Canada)

On October 30, following a competitive procurement process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, awarded a $480-million contract for Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) to Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. 


November 9, 2017

Government Of Canada Invests In Air Combat Training Service

WiDS and Telfer School of Management are pleased to present another exciting professional development workshop and reception on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 on the subject of "Boundless Leadership" in defence, security and intelligence with a focus on how professionals can exert influence across traditional boundaries, with - or in spite of - authority. Regardless of your role or level of leadership, this interactive workshop will provide you with tools, insights and discussion that will shed light on some of the unique leadership considerations of Canada's security, defence and intelligence fields. 

The workshop begins at 3:30 and the networking reception follows at 5:30. A reception and networking event will follow immediately after the workshop.

Where: Telfer School of Management's new location: Suite 200, 99 Bank Street in Ottawa

Time: Doors open: 3:00 pm

Professional Development Workshop: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

WiDS reception, keynote speaker and networking event: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: BGen Francis Allen, Director-General Information Management Operations, Department of National Defence

Cost: $45 - Professional Development workshop and Networking Reception /  

$25 - Networking Reception Event only.

Space is limited, so register now to save your spot! 

November 7, 2017

"Boundless Leadership" Professional Development Workshop and Networking Reception - Wednesday November 15th

Suwanee, GA – Meggitt Training Systems, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services for armed forces and law enforcement, will introduce its new immersive, multi-screen FATS® 300 system  at I/ITSEC 2017. The debut follows the introduction of the FATS 100P portable training system and Live-Fire Screen earlier this fall.

I/ITSEC – a modeling, simulation and training event – will be held November 27 to December 1, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.


November 7, 2017

Meggitt Training Systems to debut FATS® 300 immersive, multi-screen training system at I/ITSEC 2017

Babcock and BMT have signed a cooperation agreement, which outlines the principles of a strategic relationship that will see the companies collaborate to support the Design, Build, Construction and Support of future classes of Surface Ships for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other international projects.

The initial focus will be cooperation on the recently announced Type31e programme and the ability to offer a world-leading UK design alliance solution to the MoD.

The new arrangement draws on the combined strengths of Babcock and BMT and will deliver innovative, capable, affordable and flexible customer solutions, within a fast changing and increasingly demanding environment. Both organisations will jointly explore their available designs to determine the best possible option that meets the cost, capability, and delivery requirements of the Royal Navy.

Craig Lockhart, Managing Director - Naval Marine at Babcock said: “Babcock and BMT will work closely together to create a strong design alliance at what is an exciting time within UK and International ship design and build.”  

Jeremy Berwick, Managing Director for Defence at BMT said: “This is the beginning of a deeper strategic relationship with Babcock founded on many years of working together successfully both with the Royal Navy and navies around the globe. The T31e programme is the catalyst where excellence of design, innovation and certainty of delivery combine to offer a highly credible contender for the Royal Navy's next warship. The agreement will provide a strong basis for understanding and serving the different needs of many other navies.” 

November 7, 2017

Babcock and BMT sign cooperation agreement to develop future surface ships

On November 3, at VIA Rail’s Ottawa station, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada, and David Flannigan, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion, will announce their partnership which aims to pay tribute to Canadian Veterans and launch VIA Rail’s national Poppy Campaign. VIA Rail and Legion employees, as well as Veterans, soldiers and their family members will be present to mark the event. There will be a VIA Rail train car on site, proudly displaying a poppy decal, which will be seen on all of VIA Rail’s trains across the Québec City-Windsor corridor to honour the activities related to Remembrance Day. There will also be a performance by members of the Canadian Military Wives Choir Ottawa.

November 6, 2017


Upper Canada College is taking an interactive approach, and utilizing their unique history, to teach boys about war and military history, and connecting both to Canada’s current military families.

Immersive Military History –

Launched in 2016, the Immersive Military History program is limited to 10 or 12 students, who apply to join the program, and submit a personal essay to qualify. 


TORONTO (October 12, 2017) – After five AMAZING seasons, host Jon Montgomery announced today that the adventure will continue as CTV has renewed THE AMAZING RACE CANADA for a heroic sixth season. And in a new twist, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is seeking courageous Canadians – teachers, first responders, parents, community leaders, mentors, athletes, and other everyday heroes with a story to tell – to join the Race for Season 6 and be a part of an adventure that could change their lives forever. The most-watched Canadian series of the year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is slated to return next summer to CTV when host Jon Montgomery welcomes a new cast of racers to the starting line and takes viewers on their favourite summertime adventure.

CTV also confirmed today that casting for the upcoming sixth season of the competition series is now open. Aspiring racers are invited to pair up with someone they know and trust – a friend, sibling, parent, partner, or someone with a close relationship – and submit an audition for the opportunity to share their story with the rest of Canada. While THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is especially seeking everyday heroes to join the Race for Season 6, casting is open to every Canadian looking to challenge themselves and find the hero within.


OTTAWA - Arcs of Fire Investments (AOFi) is a new investment company that has joined forces with John Poulter of Cumberland Associates Investment Counsel, and Norrep Capital Management, to introduce the Arcs of Fire Tactical Balanced Fund.

“I’ve seen it first-hand that Veterans’ organizations struggle to raise money to do their important work” said Bruce Poulin, a 20+ year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and CEO of Arcs of Fire Investments. “Today we introduce Arcs of Fire Investments, and tomorrow we hope to begin taking the financial pressure off Canadian veterans’ charities.”

The Arcs of Fire Tactical Balanced Fund was designed to be attractive to Canadian Veterans, their families and friends, by focusing part of the investment strategy on the defence industry.

Canadians are also invited to talk to their investment advisor to see if the Arcs of Fire Tactical Balanced Fund is right for them. If yes, in addition to being a new tool to help manage their wealth, Canadian investors will also be able to give back using part of their management fees.

The Arcs of Fire Tactical Balanced Fund received regulatory approval on October 17th, 2017 and is available through the Mutual Fund Dealer Advisory network and Fundserve in every province in Canada, except Quebec. The Arcs of Fire Team is eager to submit the fund for regulatory consideration in Quebec in 2018.

“It’s an honour to be associated with my fellow volunteer board members on this great cause, and look forward to helping Veterans and their families in the near future” said Peter Stoffer, Chair of the Veteran Fund which will decide how the new money will be spent to support Veterans and their families in need. “And my congratulations to all those who started this initiative and I look forward to great things.”

Information on the Arcs of Fire Investments Tactical Balanced Fund is available at

Information on Arcs of Fire Investments is available at and information the Veteran Fund is available at

October 23, 2017


MBDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Allam to the role of MBDA UK Managing Director and to MBDA’s Group Executive Committee. The appointment will become effective on 1 January 2018. He replaces Dave Armstrong who is leaving MBDA at the end of 2017 to join BAE Systems’ newly formed Air Sector as Director, Europe and International.

As Managing Director of MBDA UK, Chris will be the senior representative of MBDA in the UK and lead the top level relationships between MBDA and the UK customer and industrial community.

Chris joins MBDA from BAE Systems where he is the Managing Director Future Programmes and Services, and Engineering Director for the Military Air and Information Business.

Chris has worked for BAE Systems since 1988. He is a Graduate of the University of Hertfordshire where he gained a BEng in Aeronautical engineering. Chris is also a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Antoine Bouvier, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA, commenting on the appointment said: “I wish Dave every success in his new role with our BAE Systems Shareholder and would like to thank him for his personal and decisive contribution to the success of MBDA and its predecessor company.”

“Dave has worked for MBDA since 1984 and has held a number of critically important positions; most recently as Meteor Programme Director and since March 2015, as MBDA UK Managing Director, Executive Group Director Technical and for the past 12 months Executive Group Director for Sales and Business Development.

“Chris joins MBDA with a proven track record of success at BAE Systems, and has all the attributes to lead MBDA in the UK from strength to strength.”

October 23, 2017

MBDA appoints Chris Allam as MBDA UK Managing Director

19 October 2017 - EFI Global is pleased to announce our new office location in Golden, British Columbia headed up by Mrs. Jubilee Cacaci, MSc., EP, A.Ag.  Jubilee Cacaci is an Environmental Technologist with over 20 years of industry experience. She possesses a BSc in Environmental Science, and an MSc in Environment and Management and will report to Kevin Burgher, Director of National Environmental Services.

Jubilee’s project experience includes environmental advising for the Oil & Gas industry, meeting regulatory and guideline requirements, drilling waste management, releases, sampling and reporting, wildlife and ecology assessments and monitoring, water quality and acquisition, rig and construction advising and monitoring plans.

She has also participated in the environmental monitoring for major civil infrastructure construction projects in sensitive habitats regulated by municipal, provincial and federal bodies. Jubilee has performed pre- and post- construction site assessments, environmental field reports, soils assessments and the resource components of environmental impact assessments for major projects. She possesses experience directing the excavation of contaminated soils at industrial sites and is competent with soil and water sampling. Her regulatory experience outside of construction management consists of water application requirements for residential, industrial and agricultural uses and resource development guidelines for crown lands, forestry, wildlife and aquatic resources.

Jubilee started with EFI Global in July of this year. “With a location right in the Canadian Rockies it will allow EFI Global to provide better response times to transportation losses that occur in high frequencies locations like the Coquihalla Highway and Rogers Pass areas” states Kevin Burgher. “Along with Jubilee’s wealth of experience and local knowledge, we are very excited about this new location and Jubilee joining our team.”

October 19, 2017

EFI Global Opens a New Office in British Columbia, headed up by Jubilee Cacaci

Volvo Group has decided to discontinue the process to divest the Governmental Sales business area.

“Our Governmental Sales operation has a positive development and a strong order book. We have previously announced our intention to divest this business, but the offers we have received do not reflect its value. We have therefore decided to discontinue the divestment process”, says Jan Gurander, Deputy CEO and CFO at Volvo Group.

Governmental Sales account for approximately1.5% of Volvo Group’s total sales. The business, which has about 1,300 employees, most of whom are in France, manufactures and sells specially designed vehicles to governments, the defense industry, peacekeeping forces and aid organizations.

October 17, 2017

Volvo Group discontinues the process to divest Governmental Sales

ACH (Airbus Corporate Helicopters), Airbus’ private and business helicopter brand, will put on a tour de force with a range of helicopters during the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), the world’s greatest super yacht event. As the only aircraft manufacturer with a dedicated private and business offering across fixed and rotary wing aircraft, customers will be able to visit ACH, alongside sister brand ACJ (Airbus Corporate Jets), at the Yacht Club Monaco Regatta deck where they will be presented with Airbus’ vision for business aviation: a tailored solution supported by a personalised 24/7 worldwide service enabling global and point-to-point travel.


September 25, 2017

ACH to display indispensible super yacht helicopters during Monaco Yacht Show

Toronto, Ontario – September 18, 2017 – Benefits packages from employers can be confusing and laden with paperwork. Veteran’s benefit packages from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) can include paperwork that is beyond what some injured or ill veterans can manoeuvre. 

Spartan Wellness knows well the challenges veterans face accessing products and services covered by their benefit plan.

“Spartan Wellness was brought to life by nine veterans and two principals who realize there’s a need for proper care and support for our veterans and serving families,” explained Riad Byne, co-founder and CEO of Spartan Wellness.


September 18, 2017

Spartan Wellness clearing the path for veteran health and wellness

Halifax, NS – 104 people representing 81 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ third annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan Shipyards’ progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of vessels and associated supply chain opportunities.

“Seaspan Shipyards’ work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s Non-Combat package of vessels is having a solid impact on the Canadian economy and helping to create thousands of jobs across the country,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO - Seaspan Shipyards. “Our partnerships with Canadian companies will ensure the success of Canada’s domestic shipbuilding and marine industries for years to come.”

September 11, 201

81 Companies Attend Seaspan’s Third Annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day

Cohort company SEA, a joint venture partner in Canadian-based naval specialists JSK Naval Support with Kaycom Inc., a trusted provider for the Canadian Government, is expanding the international footprint for its deck simulation technology used for training Flight Deck Officers by incorporating the latest technical developments to enhance the systems’ training capability.


SEA’s DECKsim systems are used in the UK, Europe and around the world, where they replicate flight decks and land-based airfield environments for training flight deck officers in aircraft handling procedures, based on single spot or multi-spot operations. Latest success is a new portable training application for the Royal Norwegian Navy with SEA supplying a Ship/Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) training application on a ruggedized laptop.


September 11, 2017


The ELECTER parallel hybrid drive demonstrator from RENAULT TRUCKS Defense (RTD), the subject of an "Upstream Study Programme" (PEA) assigned by the DGA in 2012, has undergone testing in the last three years covering more than 5000 km, half of which in all-terrain conditions. It is on show at the Summer School of the MEDEF, the French employers' federation.

Offering a foretaste of how the military hardware of the future is to be equipped, this PEA, presented before the tests in 2014, demonstrated the reliability, robustness and performance of this concept over two years of particularly demanding tests, under conditions close to the operational realities.

This PEA, assigned to RENAULT TRUCKS Defense on 21 December 2012, is now at an end, with 7 different operating modes validated and able to be installed on the company's products, with a view to fulfilling the requirements of modern military operations.

RTD can therefore propose Hybrid mode, for reduced fuel consumption; Furtive mode, for silent travel; Booster mode, for quick acceleration of manoeuvres; Quick recharge mode for the drive battery; APU with battery, enabling silent standby without onboard generators; APU with combustion engine, offering high-level electrical power; and Diesel, for travel in partial mission capable mode.

August 24, 2017

RENAULT TRUCKS Defense: the hybrid drive pioneer puts on a show for the MEDEF

MBDA’s Sea Venom / ANL anti-ship missile has successfully completed its first firing at the Île du Levant test range in France.

Conducted in June, the first firing is a major milestone for the Anglo-French missile; developed to deliver an enhanced capability and replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.

The trial of the 100 kg-class missile was conducted from a Dauphin test bed helicopter owned by the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement – the French defence procurement agency).

Frank Bastart, head of the Sea Venom/ANL programme at MBDA, said: “The missile trial was a complete success, and is a proud moment for the company and all those involved in the project. When it enters service Sea Venom/ANL will provide a major increase in capability to the French and UK armed forces.”


July 4, 2017

‘Bruiser Loose’ - successful first firing for MBDA’s Sea Venom /ANL

Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) today announced the appointment of Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

 Brent joined Seaspan in June 2015 as Vice President - Human Resources (HR). In this capacity Brent led the strategic reorganization of HR at Seaspan - successfully implementing new HR and Labour Relations initiatives that facilitated rapid growth across the enterprise while significantly improving quality and efficiency.

 In his new role as CAO, Brent is accountable for leading Seaspan’s Corporate Shared Services, while continuing to be a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. Seaspan’s Shared Services consist of all central corporate support services, including Business Services & Technology, Human Resources, Finance & Accounting, Procurement, Risk Management & Facilities, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, as well as Corporate Communications.

 “I am honoured by this appointment and feel privileged to lead this expanded portfolio,” said Brent. “I am thrilled to help Seaspan continue its rapid growth and success.”

Brent came to Seaspan from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), where he served as Director, Strategic HR and Governance. In that role, he drove executive and senior level cultural transformation toward corporate stewardship, higher performance, and business minded decision making with a focus on operating cost reductions.

 “I am pleased to appoint Brent to the role of Chief Administrative Officer,” said Frank Butzelaar, CEO, Seaspan. “Brent brings a wealth of diverse experience and we believe his proven ability to build high performance teams will be an asset in all facets of this critical role.”

 Brent completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 1994. In 1996, he obtained a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and in 2004 he graduated from an Executive Leadership Program at Simon Fraser University.

June 20, 2017

Seaspan ULC Appoints Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer

LE BOURGET, France, June 20, 2017 – L3 Technologies announced today that it has delivered its 4,000th MX™-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turret since the initial launch of the product line in 1997. This milestone delivery of L3’s MX™-20D to a government customer will aid close air support missions from long-endurance fixed-wing aircraft. L3 WESCAM products are on exhibit at the 2017 International Paris Air Show in the L3 Pavilion – C2.


June 20, 2017

L3 Delivers Its 4,000th MX™-Series Electro-Optical/Infrared Turret

Le Bourget, 19 June 2017. MBDA presents the new SmartGlider family of guided weapons, optimised to counter anti-access strategies and other emerging battlespace threats. Planned to become available for fast jets no later than 2025, SmartGlider forms a family of all-up-round glider weapons, with folding wings and a range of over 100 km. This new generation of air-to-ground weapons is designed to counter new networked short- and medium-range surface-to-air threats, as well as moving/relocatable targets or hardened fixed targets.


June 20, 2017

MBDA introduces the SmartGlider family of weapons

Cohort company SEA, a joint venture partner in Canadian-based naval specialists JSK Naval Support, has passed significant milestones in supplying its torpedo launcher systems (TLS) for two classes of combatant ships being built at separate locations in South East Asia.

One project involves SEA working with Kuala Lumpur-based project engineering managers Budi Axis Sdn Bhd to supply the TLS and weapons handling systems.


L3 WESCAM announced today the launch of its MatriX™ ISR system solutions kits for fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. L3’s MatriX kits combine a series of best-in-class Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies that provide an advanced level of ISR mission capabilities in airborne platforms that have traditionally conducted missions without them. The kits offer a low-cost, low-risk approach to extending the mission portfolio of defense and security customers who need to add ISR capability to an existing platform with the ability to easily revert to the platform’s original state, as required.

L3 will be on-site and showcasing its MatriX ISR solutions for the UH-60 and C-130 platforms at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, May 15–18.


May 16, 2017

L3 WESCAM Launches MatriX™ ISR System Solutions Kits for Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Airborne Platforms

ARGO’s Space, Robotics and Defense Division, a leading manufacturer of unmanned robots and lunar space rovers designed to tackle the world’s harshest environments, today announced the release of the ARGO J8 Atlas XTR for defense, disaster relief missions and rescue operations. 

With UGV’s (Unmanned Ground Vehicles), playing an increasingly important role in hazardous and extreme environments, ARGO developed the electric 8-wheeled amphibious, all-terrain mobile robot to protect the lives of soldiers and keep humans out of harm’s way, no matter the application or operation.


May 16, 2017

ARGO Unveils Amphibious Xtreme Terrain Robot (XTR) for Defense and Disaster Recovery

Marignane, 16th May 2017 – Airbus Helicopters celebrated a major milestone last week with the roll-out of the 700th H130 light single-engine helicopter, which will be operated by a private customer.

The H130 fleet has so far accumulated more than 1.8M flight hours with 340 operators worldwide. Since entry into service of the first EC130 in 2001, this light single engine helicopter has continued to evolve to better respond to customer’s expectations, with the latest H130 variant being certified in 2012. Since the beginning of this year, all H130s are produced with a glass cockpit for increased pilot awareness and enhanced safety.

Offering a spacious and comfortable cabin, low sound levels, the best visibility and the lowest operating cost per passenger in its class, the H130 is a reference for passenger transport and tourism operations around the world. It is also widely used for other missions including emergency medical services, private and business aviation and aerial work.

May 16, 2017

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Milestone is a testament to long-established commitment to investing in R&D – company

ranks among top Canadian R&D investors.

LONGUEUIL, Quebec – (Marketwired – May 2, 2017) — Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)

celebrated the production of its 100,000th engine this month, as a testament to P&WC’s longevity

and leadership in the global aerospace market. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies

Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Today, P&WC has 60,000 in-service engines operated by 12,300 customers in more than 200

countries and territories worldwide. Its engine families span across general aviation, regional

turboprops, business aviation, civil helicopters and auxiliary power units (APUs), and total an

impressive 730 million flight hours logged.


May 4, 2017

Pratt & Whitney Canada Produces 100,000th Engine: Demonstrates Continued Focus on Driving Innovation

In early January, KF Aerospace, through its subsidiary KF Aerospace Defence Programs, received a contract award from Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to provide a new Bell 206 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program located in Southport, Manitoba. This new capability, representing a capital investment of over CAD $6.5 million, is part of a larger scope of work by KF Aerospace Defence Programs to provide the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) with Primary, Basic, Rotary-Wing, and Multi-engine pilot training at CFTS until 2027.



April 11, 2017

KF Aerospace awarded contract to deliver and operate Bell 206 Flight Training Device for Canada's CFTS Program

Mannarino Systems & Software Inc. (MANNARINO) announced today that it has signed an Investment Framework Agreement under the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy with Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), which represents the largest investment ever made by Lockheed Martin into a Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME). This agreement enables MANNARINO to develop and commercialize its own proprietary airborne software products and will complement MANNARINO’s existing airborne engineering and certification services offering. 


April 11, 2017


Lockheed Martin Canada has been shortlisted by the Finnish Defence Forces to compete for the role of Combat Systems Contractor for the Finnish Navy’s new corvette program, known as Squadron 2020. Four ice-capable Squadron 2020 vessels are designed to replace the Finnish Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats and Hämeenmaa-class minelayers that will reach the end of their life-cycle by the mid-2020s

In December 2016, the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) issued a qualification solicitation to 12 international combat system integration companies.  The FDF has now shortlisted three companies to move forward over the next year in a competition. The selected Combat Systems Contractor will work with the native shipyard, Rauma Marine Constructions, to deliver the new ships. “This is a fantastic testament to our Canadian developed CMS 330 and integration capability – further validation of our world-leading offer in the international naval systems market.  This is also another exciting export opportunity, not only for us, but for our Canadian suppliers who will support our combat management system and integration delivery efforts, should we win.  Work on this program would be performed in our Kanata, Montreal, and Halifax locations; including manufacturing of the combat management system hardware in our production facility in Ottawa as well as software and systems development, integrated systems testing and trials in our Montreal and Halifax facilities,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada RMS (Rotary and Missions Systems).

April 11, 2017

Lockheed Martin Canada Shortlisted for Finnish Corvette Program

MBDA has successfully conducted air carriage and jettison trials of its cutting-edge Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile on board the Lynx Mk 8 naval helicopter.

The trials have validated that the missile can be integrated onto the Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters, which remain in frontline service with many customers worldwide.

Sea Venom/ANL has been developed to deliver an enhanced capability to replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.

Working together through the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative, the trials were conducted by MBDA in collaboration with the UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC), the Royal Navy and QinetiQ.

The trials were undertaken in March at the Larkhill Range at Boscombe Down, and saw a Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 successfully conduct a series of air carriage trials prior to jettisoning two Sea Venom missiles fitted with telemetry kits. The outcome of the trials has been a de-risking of the integration process of Sea Venom on both the Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters for the export market.

The 100 kg-class missile is one of the products of France and the United Kingdom’s highly-successful collaboration on missile technologies. In UK service the missile is planned to be used from the AW159 Wildcat helicopter, while in France the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement – the French defence procurement agency) is currently conducting the development flight campaign for the missile on a Panther test bed helicopter. The new trials on board the Lynx Mk 8 validate that the missile can be easily integrated onto any platform.

Sea Venom is a modern primarily anti-ship missile designed to destroy vessels ranging from FIAC (Fast Inshore Attack Craft), through medium sized FAC (Fast Attack Craft) up to large vessels such as Corvettes from safe stand-off ranges. This missile also has a surface attack capability against coastal and land targets. Unlike legacy semi-active radar guided missiles, Sea Venom uses an imaging infrared seeker that offers ‘fire-and-forget’ capabilities in even the most complex littoral environments. The missile is the natural choice for militaries wishing to replace or enhance their rotary-wing anti-ship capabilities

April 7, 2017

MBDA proves Sea Venom/ANL missile compatibility with Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters

 Montreal, April 4, 2017 – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has partnered with the Vimy Foundation (the Foundation) to help commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge this week, in order to mark this pivotal event from World War I and honour the military community. Throughout the month of April, trains in the Québec City-Windsor Corridor will don a special logo created to commemorate the event, which includes the Vimy monument and the date of the Battle.


April 4, 2017


ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, 29 March, 2017 – Kaney Aerospace, an engineering, manufacturing and technology company serving Tier 1 and airframe prime manufacturers, announces the completion of its acquisition of BVR Technologies Co. from Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL).

The combined company will operate as Kaney Aerospace with a workforce of over 120 employees primarily in Rockford, Illinois, with annual sales in excess of $20 million to the aerospace and medical equipment industries. Kaney Aerospace counts industry leaders such as Boeing, Embraer, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Sikorsky, Stryker Medical, Toshiba, United Technologies and Woodward as its customers.


March 30, 2017

Kaney Aerospace Acquires BVR Technologies from Esterline

Today in London, the United Kingdom and France have signed an agreement to launch a joint concept phase of the Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme with MBDA. The agreement was signed by Laurent Collet-Billon, head of France’s Defence Procurement Agency (DGA - Direction générale de l’armement), and Harriet Baldwin, UK Minister of Defence Procurement.


March 28, 2017

France and the UK launch next-generation strike missile project with MBDA

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) was honoured today as the best employer in Quebec by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) in recognition of the company’s outstanding support for members of Canada’s Reserve Forces. VIA Rail received the “Award of Excellence for Best Practice in Employer Support for Canada’s Reserve Forces” at a ceremony held at the Charles-Michel de Salaberry Armoury in Laval. The event was attended by nearly a hundred representatives from the military community and hosted by Brigadier General Louis de Sousa.


March 20, 2017

Via Rail Recognized By Canadian Forces As One Of The Best Employers Of Reservists

Investment will support COVE’s operations and ocean technology programs

(HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA) March 16, 2017 – Irving Shipbuilding Inc. announced today a multi-million dollar investment to support marine innovation and commercialization in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

Irving Shipbuilding is investing $4.52 million in the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), an ocean innovation centre to be located on the waterfront in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The investment over the next five years represents the largest private sector contribution COVE has received to date.


March 16, 2017

Irving Shipbuilding invests $4.5 million in Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE)

The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA

Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM).

The trials are the first time a British-designed missile has been fired from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,

and the first time any non-US missile has been fired from the aircraft.



March 15, 2017

F-35 successfully conducts first firings of MBDA’s ASRAAM

Rheinmetall has just booked an order from the US Air Force to supply ammunition for the F-35 stealth multirole fighter. The contract, worth over US$6.5 million (6.2 € million), encompasses the supply of several ten thousand rounds in four lots. Delivery starts in December 2017.

The order is of major strategic significance to Rheinmetall for two reasons. For one thing, the US Air Force is currently procuring the F-35 on a large scale, with 1,200 planes on order.


March 6, 2017

Multimillion-dollar order from America – Rheinmetall to supply ammunition for the F-35 stealth multirole fighter

Vancouver Shipyards:

Paul Thomas has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager – Vancouver Shipyards (VSY).

Seaspan Ferries:

Steve Roth has been promoted to President of Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC).


March 6, 2017

Seaspan is pleased to announce the following new senior leadership appointments

Vancouver, BC – On behalf of its Board of Directors, Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) announced today that long-serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jonathan Whitworth, will be retiring at the end of 2017.

Jonathan announced to the Board in 2016 his timeline to retirement. A search for his successor immediately commenced and Seaspan is also pleased to announce that Frank Butzelaar, President and CEO of a related company, Southern Rail Link (SRY), has been identified as Jonathan’s permanent replacement effective April 3, 2017. Frank’s transition will commence on March 3 and he will continue to work closely with Jonathan throughout 2017 to ensure a smooth handover.


March 1, 2017

Seaspan ULC Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer, Appoints Successor

Delta, BC – Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the Seaspan Reliant, the second of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery) ferries to its fleet.

The new state-of-the-art vessel, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived home after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.

“The arrival of the Seaspan Reliant marks a proud milestone in the history of Seaspan Ferries Corporation,” said Steve Roth –President, Seaspan Ferries. “With the introduction of a second new technologically advanced, LNG-fuelled vessel to our fleet, we are living out a clear commitment to our drop-trailer customers as well to the waterways in which we operate. As with the Seaspan Swift, the Seaspan Reliant will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”

The 148.9 metre ferry, which can accommodate up to 59, 53’ trailers, will now undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programs throughout March before entering operation in April.

The Seaspan Reliant, along with its sister ship the Seaspan Swift - which arrived in December 2016 and entered operation in January 2017, mark the first vessels added to SFC’s fleet since 2002.

Seaspan Ferries Corporation currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of five terminals in British Columbia, and supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.

February 27, 2016

Seaspan Ferries Corporation Announces Arrival of Second New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fuelled Vessel

OTTAWA, February 23, 2017 – By filing an application for judicial review on January 6th 2017 before the Federal Court, Team Spartan formally challenged the decision of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to award the FWSAR Contract to Airbus.
Team Spartan’s main allegation is that the selected airplane is unfit to safely perform certain key Search and Rescue tasks and missions required by Canada and should have been, therefore, disqualified.
Based on the above, Team Spartan has applied to the Federal Court for an order requesting that Canada cancel the contract with Airbus and award same to Leonardo.
Team Spartan remains committed to ensuring that Canada receives the best cost-effective solution for the FWSAR mission.


February 23, 2017


Ottawa, ON, February 17, 2017 – Commissionaires has ranked among the top employers in Canada, according to Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers of 2017.

Commissionaires ranked second in the industry sector and placed in the top half of the 300 employers, outranking other Canadian security services providers by a wide margin.

“We work very hard to provide a great working environment and stable employment across Canada,” said Bruce Belliveau, Chair of the National Business Management Committee, Commissionaires, and CEO of Commissionaires Nova Scotia. “Commissionaires is honoured to, once again, be recognized as one of Canada’s top employers and the highest ranked security company.”


February 17, 2017

Commissionaires ranked one of Canada’s best employers of 2017:  Forbes

Halifax, Nova Scotia — February 07, 2017 — QRA Corp, an emerging leader in Design Verification technology, launched a new engineering tool today that can significantly reduce the cost and time required to build complex systems for the defense, aerospace, and automotive industries. After a highly successful beta program, QVscribe is now available worldwide to customers looking to improve their ability to identify and repair costly vulnerabilities in their requirements documents - which if left untouched, could result in significant re-work in both the design & build phases.  

“Because of the subjectivity of language, often what’s clear to one person is misunderstood by another,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, QRA Corp CEO and President. 


February 7, 2017

QRA Corp Launches New Engineering Analysis Tool to Reduce Cost, Streamline Delivery of Complex Aerospace and Defense Systems

DRS Technologies Canada, Ltd. announced today that Martin Munro has been named as Vice President and General Manager of its operations in Canada. Munro replaces Steve Zuber who retired at the end of 2016.

Munro has been with DRS since January 2016 and served as its Vice President for Business Development and Strategy prior to being named to this position. During his time in that role, Munro led several successful government and commercial captures for the company. His leadership has helped position the company as a recognized leader in naval communications programs in Canada and around the world. 


February 1, 2017

Martin Munro to Lead Operations at DRS Technologies Canada

John Mannarino, President and Founder of MANNARINO Systems & Software, is proud to announce the addition of Sam Calandra as both a Design Approval Appointee (DAA) for Airborne Software under the MANNARINO Design Approval Organization (DAO) as well as an Engineering Project Manager.  Mr. Calandra is an accomplished engineering specialist and manager with extensive experience in airborne gas turbine engine control systems, software and certification.  

Having worked for a major OEM engine manufacturer for over 26 years, Sam brings a tremendous amount of expertise to the MANNARINO team and is a respected and trusted leader in his field” stated John Mannarino. “With the addition of Sam to our team, the company’s technical offering is further enhanced not only in the field of gas turbine systems and software engineering, but also in the area of airborne software certification.  Sam’s prior experience as an airborne software delegate for Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) will strengthen and deepen the MANNARINO DAO which we established in 2016.


January 11, 2017

MANNARINO Strengthens its DAO ~ Adds Airborne Software (RTCA/DO-178) Delegate

The 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2018), with increased scope to include ship control systems – concepts, design, operation and support – will be held from Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 October 2018 at the Technology & Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

“Moving INEC from its traditional Spring dates to the early Autumn allows additional time for the increased scope of this renowned Learned Society event with its international participation to be fully developed by our committed group of experts from the INEC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC),” explains David Loosley, Chief Executive of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).  “We are delighted that Capt Matt Bolton RN will once again chair the INEC TAC providing welcome continuity, and look forward to a highly stimulating and topical event.”


December 21, 2016


DCNS Australia today celebrated the founding of their Australian headquarters in Keswick, Adelaide, which will be dedicated to delivering the Future Submarine Program.

The ceremony was attended by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Defence and a number of parliamentarians and defence sector figures.

“This is an important initial milestone in DCNS’ decades long commitment to the design and construction of 12 regionally superior submarines in Adelaide,” said Herve Guillou, Chairman and Global CEO of DCNS Group. 


December 20, 2016

Founding ceremony of DCNS Australia’s Adelaide Future Submarine Facility

MBDA has successfully tested the lightweight missile, known as Enforcer, as part of its ongoing development programme. The multinational Enforcer team scored several highly accurate hits during guided firings carried out at the trials facility of the German Bundeswehr’s Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition 91 in November 2016. 

The firings with the Enforcer development prototype were conducted at ranges of between 1,000m to 2,000 m and confirmed expectations with regard to the weapon’s homing head, which guided the missile directly to the centre of each of the intended targets. One of the missiles used the new lightweight, carbon-fibre launching tube developed by MBDA in Italy. 

“These tests have topped off a successful year of Enforcer development, a year we can look back on and recognise numerous successful firings and other tests,” said Peter Heilmeier, MBDA Deutschland’s Vice President Sales and Business Development. "The direct hits demonstrate that we have made an important step forward in the development programme."

MBDA plans to begin qualification of this very compact missile over the next few years, followed by preparations for series production. One of the areas MBDA is currently working on is the Bundeswehr's night fighting capability requirement.  In this respect, more guided firings are planned for 2017.

December 15, 2016


Vancouver, BC – Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Tinto to Vice President, Planning & Estimating. 

Tony joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in 2006 as a Project Manager, before moving over to affiliate company Vancouver Drydock in 2007 in a similar capacity. In 2012, Tony returned to VSY as Director, Planning & Production Control, and was appointed to the role of interim Vice President, Planning & Estimating in November 2016. Prior to his arrival at Seaspan in 2006, Tony worked as a Design & Engineering Manager for Westbay SonShip & Yachts.

As part of the Seaspan Shipyards senior leadership team, Tony is responsible for providing leadership and direction on network planning, detail planning and production control, as well as estimating for new ship construction.

Tony holds a diploma in Civil Design from (BCIT), a professional diploma in Yacht Design from the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and an Executive Education certificate from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sauder School of Business.

“As a senior management professional with extensive planning/construction and project management experience, Tony is a results-oriented leader with a proven ability in the management and execution of significant design and shipbuilding contracts,” said Brian Carter, President – Seaspan Shipyards. “I’m happy to announce his official promotion today and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

December 13, 2016

Vancouver Shipyards Appoints Tony Tinto as Vice President, Planning & Estimating

Delta, BC – Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the Seaspan Swift, the first of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery) ferries to its fleet.

The new state-of-the-art vessel, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, arrived home after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles following its construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.

Another first occurred this week at SFC, with assistance from VARD, FortisBC and Redwise, when the Seaspan Swift was successfully bunkered using a tanker truck to deliver LNG onboard the vessel. This type of bunkering operation was the first of its kind in North America.

The 148.9 metre ferry, which can accommodate up to 59 trailers, will undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programs throughout December before entering operation on January 2, 2017.

“Seaspan Ferries is thrilled to welcome the Seaspan Swift, a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced vessel to our fleet,” said Steve Roth, Vice President – Seaspan Ferries Corporation. “Today’s announcement not only demonstrates an unwavering commitment to our drop-trailer customers, it is a testament to how we live out our Core Value of Care for the Environment by ensuring the conservation of Canadian oceans and waterways. The Seaspan Swift will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions dramatically compared to other current alternatives while delivering the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.”  

The Seaspan Swift, along with its sister ship the Seaspan Reliant, mark the first vessels added to SFC’s fleet since 2002. The Seaspan Reliant, SFC’s second dual-fuelled/hybrid ferry, nearing completion and undergoing testing and trials in Turkey, is expected to arrive in Tilbury early 2017.

Seaspan Ferries Corporation currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of five terminals in British Columbia, and supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.

December 9, 0216


Today, the Government of Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program.

As part of the FWSAR program, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR).

The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.

Simon Jacques, Head of Airbus Defence and Space in Canada said: “We are acutely conscious of the importance of search and rescue in Canada’s vast and challenging territory and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the aircraft and service to ensure that the role is carried out effectively.”


December 9, 2016

Canada's Department of National Defence orders 16 Aircrafts

·The Ecureuil family becomes the first helicopter fleet with 100 aircraft operating in China’s civil and para-public market

·The H125 will be deployed for power line surveillance, geographic surveys and aerial videography missions

Beijing, 9 December 2016 – CMIG Leasing received a brand new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, making it the 100thEcureuil family helicopter to operate in China’s skies.

This helicopter will be operated by the Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company (Skyway GAC), one of the pioneers in China general aviation, with a fleet of seven H125. Skyway GAC will deploy this new helicopter for power line surveillance, geographic surveys and aerial videography missions in the country.


December 9, 2016

CMIG Leasing takes delivery of China’s 100th helicopter from the Ecureuil family

Halifax, NS – Nineteen Indigenous students enrolled in the Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education and Apprenticeship Pilot Program (Pathways to Shipbuilding) are one step closer to a long-term career as metal fabricators building ships for Canada with Irving Shipbuilding. 

Today students celebrated the successful completion of the Pathways to Shipbuilding’s initial 14-week preparatory training required for their entry into the Metal Fabrication program at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

 Pathways to Shipbuilding is a unique collaboration of ten industry, government, academic and Indigenous partners. The program, facilitated through the NSCC Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence, is designed to create pathways and support for Indigenous Canadians to enter the shipbuilding industry.


December 8, 2016

Celebration held to mark first milestone of Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education and Apprenticeship Pilot Program

L-3 MAS has appointed Marc LeBlanc as Senior Director, Business Development, effective immediately. Marc has more than 30 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense sector and will be responsible for leading L-3 MAS’ growth into the future. He has been with L-3 MAS for nine years, most recently as Director, Business Development. Congratulations, Marc!


December 7, 2016


For challenging missions such as maritime emergencies

Offering high versatility and availability

Donauwörth, 7 December 2016 – The German federal police (Bundespolizei) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 multi-role rotorcraft via the purchasing administration of the German Federal Ministry of Interior . The aircraft will be tasked with a number of challenging roles, among them maritime emergencies and police missions. The helicopters are scheduled for delivery in early 2019.


December 7, 2016

German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

Denmark- and Canada-based partners on track to demonstrate prototype by end of year 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 6, 2016– The Boeing [NYSA: BA]-facilitated and funded partnership between Støvring-based company Sky-Watch and Canada-based companies Solace Power (Solace) and Agile Sensors Technology (Agile) is on track to demonstrate its Autonomous Wireless Recharge Quadcopter in Canada before the end of the year, a major milestone that will showcase the capabilities of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in monitoring above-ground pipelines and similar industrial systems.


December 6, 2016

Trans-Atlantic UAV Partnership Enters Final Integration Phase

New Name Reflects Company’s Breadth of Technologies, Global Reach and Scale

NEW YORK, December 6, 2016 – L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it will change its name to L3 Technologies, Inc., effective December 31, 2016. The new name capitalizes on L-3’s strong brand equity, while better reflecting the Company’s evolution into a leading global provider of a broad range of technology solutions. As part of its name change, L-3 will update its corporate logo and change its email and website to on January 3, 2017. The Company’s New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will remain the same. 


December 6, 2016

L-3 Communications to Change Name to L3 Technologies, Inc. 

Germany’s Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company. The two firms announced the move at the AUSA show in Washington D.C. in October 2016. Serving as general contractor or subcontractor, the new joint venture will design, develop and manufacture state-of-the-art ammunition for the US market. These include the 25mm ammunition for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the US Air Force's latest warplane. 


December 5, 2016

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with L-3 MAS under which the companies will collaborate on production and support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet should the Government of Canada move forward with the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet fighter aircraft. The announcement comes soon after L-3 MAS’ 30th anniversary of providing Integrated Technical Support for the CF-18 Hornet.

“Boeing has a long-term commitment to Canada, and as we prepare for the potential procurement of Super Hornets, we aim to continue to bring meaningful and beneficial work.


November 28, 2016

Boeing, L-3 MAS to Partner on Super Hornet Support for Canada Agreement spans major assembly to maintenance

First three of 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia

Deliveries to run through to 2018

AS565 MBe will bring increased mission capabilities, specifically for anti-submarine warfare missions

Marignane, 23 November 2016 – Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia, ahead of contract schedule, at a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane, in the presence of representatives from Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence and the Indonesian Navy. 


November 23, 2016

Airbus Helicopters delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Full fleet of 15 helicopters delivered only two years after contract signature

H135 family confirmed as a reference for military helicopter training

Donauwörth, Germany, 22 November 2016 - Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters.



November 22, 2016

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Vancouver, BC – Seaspan today announced that Peter Lister has joined Seaspan Marine as Vice President, Commercial Services

Peter brings with him over 20 years of experience as a research and innovation leader in the forestry sector, and joins the company from FPInnovations where he served as Vice President, Forest Operations & Wood Products.


November 21, 2016

Seaspan Marine Appoints Peter Lister as Vice President, Commercial Services

Rheinmetall’s Simulation and Training unit has won another important order in the Middle East-North Africa region. A customer country has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based high-tech Group to modernize and expand an existing live training facility. The order is worth just under €10 million, already included in the Group’s recently presented nine-month figures.

Rheinmetall will supply state-of-the-art hardware and software components for expanding and updating the country’s Mobile Combat Training Centre. 


November 17, 2016

Fresh success for Rheinmetall simulation technology in the MENA region

NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the provider of world leading OEM high precision positioning technology, is pleased to announce that the Canadian Army has successfully tested NovAtel's GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) in live-firing conditions on the M777C1 Howitzer.

The trial was conducted at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba under the auspices of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) of Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly referred to as Public Works and Government Services Canada). The BCIP helps companies to bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market.


November 17, 2016

NovAtels GPS Anti-Jam Technology tested by the Canadian Army on M777C1 Howitzer

Team Spartan, offering the C-27J for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program, will showcase a similar model C-27J at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 for the media.

 The aircraft is on a demonstration flight en-route to South America, and will have updates to the airframe that will mirror the same upgrades for the FWSAR platform, including winglets that improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft.  Members of Team Spartan will be on-hand to discuss the capabilities of this aircraft and the many Canadian industrial partners that make up the team.


November 16, 2016

C-27J: Possible Replacement for Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Program Visits Ottawa Area

The light-twin helicopter H135 received the type certificate by the European Aviation Safety Agency for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardised features and is already available on the H175 and H145. 


November 16, 2016

H135 receives EASA certification for Helionix avionics suite

Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), has received an order from the United States Marine Corps to deliver 144 four-seat diesel MRZR™ vehicles as part of the utility task vehicle (UTV) program, which will provide MRZR-D4s to each of the Marine Corps’ active-component infantry regiments. The contract also includes spare parts blocks in support of the vehicles.


November 14, 2016

U.S. Marine Corps Orders 144 Diesel MRZRs from Polaris Defense

From 4th to 14th  October 2016, MBDA Deutschland successfully conducted tests of a new high-energy laser effector at a military training facility on Germany’s North Sea coast, marking the next step in the progression from technology to product. In this series of trials, the system was tested under real environmental conditions for the first time.