INDUSTRY updates

January 18, 2019

Seaspan has awarded a major contract to L3 MAPPS, one of several expected for Canadian companies for work on the Joint Support Ships 

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded L3 MAPPS a contract for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS). The award is one of several to be announced for Canadian suppliers supporting Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). This work will contribute to Seaspan fulfilling its Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy commitments. 

Based in Montreal, L3 MAPPS will provide the globally deployed Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for JSS. The IPMS will use advanced computer-based technology to control and monitor platform machinery and systems on board JSS, including advanced functionality, such as the battle damage control system, onboard training system, equipment health monitoring and other new IPMS capabilities. 

L3 MAPPS has a long-standing relationship with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) spanning over 35 years. The company plays a major role as a Tier 1 supplier in the Halifax Class Frigate Upgrade program and has leveraged its participation on RCN vessels to pursue and win export opportunities in support of more than 20 navies. 

Thanks to its work under the NSS, to date Seaspan has issued over $690M in committed contracts with approximately 540 Canadian companies. As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain is expected to grow as more Canadian companies are engaged in the shipbuilding industry. It is through its work on the NSS that Seaspan is directly and indirectly helping to employ thousands of Canadians from coast to coast. 

November 14, 2018

L3 MAS Wins More F/A-18 International Business 

L3 MAS announced today that it has been awarded two contracts to provide In-Service Support (ISS) services for international F/A-18 fleet operators. 

RUAG Aviation recently awarded L3 MAS a contract for the provision of preventive modifications for high-priority structural locations on the inner wings of the Swiss Air Force (SAF) F/A-18 aircraft fleet. These modifications are part of the Structural Refurbishment Program (SRP2), as part of the strategy to ensure their F/A-18 fleet safely reaches its planned life objective. 

L3 MAS was also selected by Mississippi-based Vertex Aerospace LLC to perform depot-level modifications and repairs on three NASA F/A-18 aircraft based out of the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. L3 MAS will conduct all on-aircraft work at its Mirabel facility. 

“We are pleased to expand our ongoing relationship with the SAF’s prime contractor, RUAG Aviation, and to add NASA (through Vertex Aerospace) as a new customer to our list of F/A-18 international operators. These contracts are a testament to the continued confidence of the international F/A-18 community in L3 MAS as a fighter aircraft center of excellence,” said Jacques Comtois, Vice President and General Manager of L3 MAS. “Our company possesses unique and proven skills, tools and experienced personnel to offer world-class services and value to fighter aircraft operators.” 

L3 MAS is a world leader in developing and implementing F/A-18 structural solutions, having already successfully completed major structural programs for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, and assisting other F/A-18 users, including the SAF, the Finnish Air Force, the U.S. Navy and NASA. 

Show display includes EMS configured H145 and H160, Oil & Gas configured H175, Racer virtual experience and Airbus’ Skywise offer for helicopters

Airbus Helicopters will highlight a wide range of products and digital services at this year’s Helitech International air show, taking place October 16-18 in Amsterdam. Special focus will be given to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions, a segment the company leads with 60% of the in-service fleet, thanks to its long expertise and wide range of dedicated solutions.

On the stand (Hall 8, booth E60), will be an EMS-configured H145 in operation with Dutch operator ANWB. One of the company’s best sellers for such demanding missions thanks to its high performance and spacious cabin, this light twin helicopter is also extremely versatile and can quickly convert from EMS to other roles such as disaster relief or mountain rescue, thanks to its optional equipment and a plug-and-play design philosophy.

Show goers will be able to take a close look at a full scale mock-up of the H160 fitted in an EMS configuration. With the largest cabin in its class, wide opening sliding door and roll-in stretcher capacity, the H160 is the next generation high intensive care helicopter ideal for long distances critical patient or incubator transport.

In the static display, visitors will have the opportunity to see a H175 equipped for oil & gas missions and operated by Heli-Holland. With 29 H175s now in service, having accumulated 40,000 flight hours, this best-selling super-medium helicopter has been endorsed by 14 oil companies across the world and it’s setting new standards for offshore transport operations.

The company will also present an update on Airbus’ Skywise offer for helicopters. Skywise is Airbus’ cloud-based open data platform, capable of storing vast amounts of data from airlines, helicopter operators, manufacturers and suppliers, and turning it into actionable intelligence that could reduce operational interruptions, increase safety, and better anticipate maintenance actions.

A scale model of the Racer (Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) technology demonstrator, developed by Airbus Helicopters in the frame of the European Clean Sky 2 research programme, will be on display, highlighting the company’s commitment to prepare the future of vertical lift solutions. Don’t miss the opportunity to try out the interactive Racer virtual experience to learn more about the demonstrator performance and future mission capabilities.

October 11, 2018

Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at Helitech 2018

UK operator HeliGroup has taken delivery of the first ever ACH135 Helionix for VIP charter operations from Airbus Corporate Helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Club during the annual yacht show in the Principality.

The handover event was attended by representatives of global aviation and yachting industries and supported by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, guests of honour following their air display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Following in the footsteps of the UK Ministry of Defence, which took delivery of the first H135 Helionix in 2017, HeliGroup selected the aircraft in the lightweight, sports car-inspired ACH Line interior fit configured with the ACH135 five-seater business configuration.  In this way, HeliGroup becomes the first VIP charter company worldwide to mark the introduction of the ACH135’s step change Helionix capability to private and business aviation.

Matthew Munson, Managing Director of HeliGroup Ltd, said, “We are delighted to be the first to introduce the advanced flight and safety benefits of the ACH135 Helionix to the VIP charter market, with the UK again leading the way in aviation. Our customers will benefit from the latest generation build standards and quality, complimented with a luxury interior making the ACH135 an ideal platform for a range of requirements.” 

Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH, said, “Our customers can now benefit from the industry-leading technology benefits Helionix brings on the ACH135, ACH145, ACH175 and soon to come ACH160. HeliGroup’s choice will ensure that their customers benefit from the ACH standards in quality and exclusivity while benefiting from the versatility and capability of a twin-engine helicopter which, nevertheless, can access to the most confined helicopter landing areas in both rural and urban spaces.”

The addition of the ACH135 Helionix alongside HeliGroup’s current AS355 NP Twin Squirrel, configured for passenger transport as well as utility operations, gives HeliGroup the flexibility to maximise its position in both the charter and utility missions markets.

September 28, 2018

Red Arrows Support Handover to UK’s HeliGroup of First ACH135 Helionix for VIP Charter

Marignane, 20 September 2018 – Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine helicopter, offering concern-free flying ideal for marine, urban and wilderness environments. 

Building on the robust and reliable capabilities and SUV-like balance between comfort and versatility, the updated ACH135 Helionix provides improved situational awareness, simpler flight management controls and improved safety.  Features praised by pilots include an auto hover ‘pause’ button (ideal to buy the pilot time when faced with low visibility or busy environments), a ‘go-around’ button (the aircraft will automatically fly around and reposition itself on the best landing approach at the push of a button) and automated engine management (ensuring a smooth and safe flight even if one of the two engines fails).

Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, said, “With approximately 300 helicopter-capable yachts worldwide, there are increasing requirements for more reliable, compact and versatile helicopters capable of transporting passengers and cargo in all environments.  The addition of Helionix to the ACH135, which brings it in line with the already Helionix-equipped ACH145, ACH160 and ACH175, makes this carefree-handling aircraft, an ideal asset for yacht-based operations.”

ACH is characterised by care and attention to detail and offers a high quality and exclusive service-based end-to-end ownership experience; from selecting the best aircraft to meet their requirements, to helping define their preferred styling, supported through-life by around-the-clock worldwide support services.


September 21, 2018

Airbus Corporate Helicopters Displays New ACH135 Helionix at Monaco Yacht Show for the First Time

Compusult will provide NATO with an upgraded and advanced stateof- the-art geospatial capability for mission, business and functional content that is effective and efficient for users within the NATO enterprise.


Mount Pearl, NL, Canada - September 6, 2018: Recognized internationally for its advanced, standards-based geospatial data management solutions, Compusult Limited is pleased to announce it has been selected by NCI Agency to deliver the “Upgrade of Geographical Information Service Increment 3 (Core GIS Incr. 3)” project. Core GIS Incr. 3 represents the third increment of NATO’s Core GIS capability and will provide state-of-the-art geospatial information services to ensure the most effective geospatial data management, geospatial support and geospatial services provision in the NATO enterprise to the geospatial community of interest (COI) as well as consumers/users and NATO’s C4ISR/C3 capabilities.



September 7, 2018

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) Awards Upgrade of Geographical Information Service Increment 3 (Core GIS Incr. 3) Contract to Compusult Limited.

Rheinmetall has won another major order in Australia. The Duesseldorf, Germany-based tech enterprise has been selected to supply the Australian Defence Force with more than a thousand additional military trucks and modules. Just signed, the contract is worth €430 million. The Commonwealth of Australia has thus acted on a procurement decision already announced in July 2018.

Delivery is scheduled to commence in 2019 and be complete in 2024.

The latest purchase forms part of Australia’s Land 121 Phase 5B project. Rheinmetall has already proved its mettle in earlier phase of the project, 3B, under which it is currently supplying Australia with 2,500 medium- and heavyweight military trucks worth a total of €1.2 billion. The trucks ship out from the Group’s plant in Brisbane, where final integration and acceptance testing takes place before delivery to the Commonwealth.

Commenting on the contract, Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall AG, stated that “This follow-up order is of great strategic significance to us, providing an excellent reference for other important international projects. It reflects Australia’s satisfaction with our performance and the quality of our vehicles. Rheinmetall’s latest success in the Asia-Pacific region proves that our products are at the cutting edge of technology, and that the customer see in us a proven and reliable partner, fully capable of carrying out sophisticated large-scale projects.”

Michael Wittlinger, head of Rheinmetall Logistic Vehicles and a member of the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH board of directors, emphasizes the company’s commitment to making its trucks the high-performance logistic backbone of the Australian Defence Force.

“We’re very proud to be able to continue our outstanding cooperation with the ADF”, declares Wittlinger. “We’ll be working closely with our network of Australian partners and subcontractors to make sure the ADF can count on these high-mobility trucks and build-ons in deployed operations.” By including Australian defence contractors and helping to create local production capacity, Rheinmetall is helping Australia establish an independent military vehicle industry, significantly augmenting the nation’s defence technology capabilities.

Rheinmetall AG’s Defence arm is a globally leading supplier of military hardware, including tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, weapon systems, ammunition, simulation solutions, command and control technology, force protection systems and state-of-the-art sensors.

The Group’s in-country truck specialist, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA), has more than 150 employees at five locations. It supports the Australian military in a variety of ways, including project management, system engineering and integration, lifecycle support, maintenance and repairs, and spare parts management.

September 6, 2018

Rheinmetall sells Australia over a thousand more trucks

Alion Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., is pleased to announce that they have submitted their final bid and compliance forms to the Canadian government for the Canadian Surface Combatant Program. This is a major milestone in the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement.

“We provide a world-class combatant that is proven, affordable, off-the-shelf solution. Our offering is focused on the Royal Canadian Navy’s stated requirements and will generate jobs and innovation across Canada,” says Chief Operating Officer Bruce Samuelsen. He added that Alion is ready today to work with Irving Shipbuilding and the Canadian Government to get production underway and ships in the water as soon as possible. To learn more about our solution click here. .

August 8, 2018


Colin James, Airbus Helicopters’ UK Managing Director, formally handed over the latest Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) H125 helicopter to Nic Anderson, Managing Director Air and Space, Qinetiq.  Under the current modernization programme, the world-renown test pilot flight school will receive four H125s, which will make up ETPS’ new generation, single-engine helicopter fleet.  Minister of State for Defence Earl Howe visited the aircraft as part of the handover and met both Airbus Helicopters and Qinetiq to show his support for the latest addition to the ETPS fleet.

All four ETPS H125 will be delivered following complex customization by Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team, which equips the aircraft with, among other things, a 3-axis autopilot, dedicated communications equipment and a traffic awareness system.  In addition, the aircraft will be equipped with a Flight Test Instrumentation suite which, similar to Formula 1 telemetry data, transmits data to the ETPS base at Boscombe Down in real time allowing students, both in practical and class-based environments, to test and evaluate aircraft design and performance.

July 17, 2018

Airbus Helicopters Handover of Empire Test Pilot School H125 to Qinetiq

Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations.

In 2015, GFS became the launch customer of the H175 in public services version with an order for seven helicopters. The four remaining helicopters will be delivered before the end of the year.

“The Government Flying Service has been very involved in the development of this new H175 version and it is a great honor to be here today to receive the first three aircraft”, said Michael Chan, Controller Head of GFS. “Thanks to the H175’s speed, advanced technology and versatility we will not only be able to strengthen our response capability but also be able to intervene in the most complex situations and in a large variety of scenarios.”

GFS’s new H175 will progressively replace their current fleet of AS332 L2 and H155, which currently provide 24-hour emergency support services from their base at Chek Lap Kok Airport.

“I am grateful to GFS for their constant support and I am committed to ensuring that the H175 will fulfil their most demanding operations” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “We are very honoured to have the confidence of a world-renowned public service and SAR operator and longstanding customer to introduce this latest version of the H175 into service. With 23 aircraft currently in operation worldwide, the H175 keeps delivering on its promises in terms of performance, range and cabin comfort for oil & gas, private and public services customers”.

The public service version of the H175 benefits from more than twenty cabin configurations which can be easily re-configured based on mission requirements. The great versatility of the aircraft is backed by approximately seventy different types of optional equipment which include an electro-optical system for observation and tracking and a digital map display, both of being managed by an operator’s console installed in the cabin. Mission equipment also includes a dual hoist, a search light, an infrared camera, as well as a radioactivity detector, which is a GFS-specific equipment.

The H175 benefits from the latest developments of Airbus Helicopters’ state-of-the-art Helionix avionics suite, which bolsters the helicopter’s search and rescue capabilities with advanced SAR modes, allowing for instance the aircraft to hover automatically above moving vessels. 

June 18, 2018

Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service receive first H175s in public services configuration

Today, joined by representatives from industry and government, Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) celebrated the start of construction on the first Joint Support Ship (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

The steel cutting ceremony held at Vancouver Shipyards is a significant milestone for Seaspan, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and Canada’s shipbuilding industry. With the start of construction on JSS, Seaspan is leading the way in rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding industry. In addition, start of construction ensures that Seaspan will see the continued growth of Vancouver Shipyards’ workforce while mitigating any possible downturn in production.


June 18, 2018

Seaspan Shipyards and Shipbuilding Partners Celebrate Start of Construction on Canada’s Joint Support Ships

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. today announced the establishment of GatorWorks, a newly formed prototyping arm within Pratt & Whitney that will focus on the rapid and agile development of dependable, lower cost military engines. Pratt & Whitney GatorWorks' objective is to deliver state-of-the-art engines in half the lead time and for half the cost of traditional procurement cycles.

"The standard large engine development cycle is roughly 20 years. Our customers have asked for rapid innovation, technology development and new product introduction. GatorWorks is the answer," said Matthew Bromberg, president of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. "Pratt & Whitney GatorWorks will seek to leverage commercial enterprise capabilities in rapid prototyping, iterative design, procurement, and testing of cutting-edge products for our customers. We've created an environment where our best engineers can reach their potential with all the tools they need, but without the unnecessary internal barriers that can sometimes slow them down." 

GatorWorks will seek to combine the efficiency, agility, and unconstrained boundaries of a small start-up, with the discipline and engineering rigor of the world's leading propulsion company. The new unit incorporates a mix of cross-functional teams, vertical integration and a short list of suppliers and partners. The GatorWorks team has been operational since early 2018, focused on a family of advanced products in development.

June 13, 2018

Pratt & Whitney Launches GatorWorks

Commerce Decisions, a QinetiQ company, has secured a strategically important contract with the Government of Canada to support the competitive procurement process to replace Canada’s fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets.

As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada will purchase the fighter aircraft to contribute to the safety and security of Canadians and to meet Canada’s international obligations. A modern fighter jet fleet is essential for defending Canada and Canadian sovereignty and to contribute to its NORAD and NATO commitments, now and in the future. The acquisition will include associated equipment, weapons, and sustainment set-up and services to ensure a Canadian Fighter capability that leverages Canadian industry capabilities and contributes to economic growth and jobs.

Commerce Decisions, in conjunction with QinetiQ Ltd and QinetiQ Group Canada Ltd has been awarded the contract via Department for National Defence’s (DND) TSPS Supply Arrangement (Task and Solutions Professional Services) following a competitive bidding process. The Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) is being run by DND, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED); Commerce Decisions will support the development of the Bid Evaluation Plan for the competitive procurement process, as well as support PSPC in its oversight role of the Bid Evaluation process. The work includes support in preparing the evaluation strategy, methodology, and associated criteria & weightings, leading to the production of bid evaluation guidelines and plans.

In meeting the needs of the client, Commerce Decisions will deliver its proven methodologies – including Structured Criteria Development (SCD) and Real Value for Money (RVfM); and will deploy its most experienced principal procurement consultants to ensure a rigorous, evidence-based and robustly designed and delivered assessment schema for this programme.

Steve Deaville, Managing Director, Commerce Decisions said: “We are delighted that DND has selected Commerce Decisions to support this key Canadian programme, enabling Canadian government and industry to benefit from expert procurement advice through the application of our best practice advice and thought leadership”.

June 12, 2018

Commerce Decisions awarded contract to Support DND’s Future Fighter Capability Project

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft, demonstrating the program’s continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

"The F-35 weapons system is a key enabler of our National Defense Strategy and is providing our warfighters the combat proven, advanced capabilities they need to meet mission requirements," said Vice Admiral Mat Winter, program executive officer for the F-35 Joint Program Office. "The 300th production aircraft delivery is a significant milestone that highlights the effective F-35 Enterprise collaboration across the JPO, U.S. services, partners and industry. Moving forward, our F-35 team remains committed to driving costs down, quality up and faster delivery timelines across our development, production and sustainment lines of effort."

The first 300 F-35s include 197 F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variants, 75 F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variants, and 28 F-35C carrier variants (CV) and have been delivered to U.S. and international customers. More than 620 pilots and 5,600 maintainers have been trained, and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 140,000 cumulative flight hours.

“This milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our joint government and industry team as we collaborate to deliver transformational F-35 capabilities to the men and women in uniform,” said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. “We are focused on reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and ensuring the highest level of quality as we ramp to full rate production and sustainment of the operational fleet.”

Increasing Production, Reducing Costs

As production volume increases and additional efficiencies are implemented, Lockheed Martin is on track to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020, which is equal to or less than legacy 4th generation aircraft. With the incorporation of lessons learned, process efficiencies, production automation, facility and tooling upgrades, supply chain initiatives and more, the F-35 enterprise has already significantly reduced costs and improved efficiency. For example:

•   The price of an F-35A has come down more than 60 percent from the first contract.

•   Touch labor has been reduced by about 75 percent over the last five years.

•   Production span time has decreased by about 20 percent since 2015.

The F-35 enterprise met its 2017 delivery target of 66 aircraft, representing more than a 40 percent increase from 2016. In 2018, the team is targeting 91 aircraft deliveries and is preparing to increase production volume year-over-year to hit a rate of approximately 160 aircraft in 2023.

Economic Impact

The F-35 is built by thousands of men and women in America and around the world. With more than 1,500 suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the F-35 program supports more than 194,000 direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone. The program also includes more than 100 international suppliers, creating or sustaining thousands of international jobs.

With stealth technology, supersonic speed, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35 is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter aircraft ever built. More than a fighter jet, the F-35’s ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace and enables men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safe

June 11, 2018

Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft


F-35 Enterprise Ramps Up Production and Reduces Costs

IMP Aerospace announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) following an international competitive bidding process for the maintenance of the P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft fleet operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). This multi-year contract includes additional In-Service Support (ISS) work beyond maintenance inspections and will be performed at IMP’s operations in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The P-3 Orion aircraft perform strategic patrol missions for the RNoAF in the detection of submarine threats, search and rescue support, littoral surveillance, as well as economic zone and shipping lane protection off the coast of Norway.

Tom Galley, IMP Aerospace Executive VP, stated “We are very pleased to be awarded this long-term contract for the Royal Norwegian Air Force for the heavy maintenance of their P-3 Orion fleet. IMP Aerospace has developed a close relationship with the RNoAF over the past decade and has a solid working knowledge of their P-3 aircraft maintenance requirements. IMP provides innovative, high value solutions to a variety of domestic and international operators of maritime patrol and ISR capable aircraft, such as the P-3. This award further demonstrates our competitiveness in the marketplace and our reputation as a world class provider of a broad range of in-depth aircraft ISS services.”

June 5, 2018


NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) and the Government of Canada are pleased to announce that work will begin soon on the Joint Support Ships (JSS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

These purpose-built vessels will play a vital role in meeting Canada’s domestic and international obligations and will fully meet the operational needs of the RCN. By starting construction on JSS, Seaspan is able to realize continuous production and ensure further progress is made on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) commitments. This move demonstrates the value of the long-term, strategic partnership established between the Government of Canada and Seaspan under the NSS. 

“Seaspan Shipyards is a proud partner to the Government of Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO of Seaspan Shipyards. “By starting construction on the Joint Support Ships, our company is supporting the operational needs of the Royal Canadian Navy and the long-term success of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.”

With the Seaspan-built JSS, Canada’s women and men in uniform will be able to support our nation’s role in the world. These ships will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea, offer medical and dental services, and provide facilities for helicopter and equipment repair. JSS will be built to highest standard and with modern equipment, propulsion redundancy, a 30+ year life expectancy and the ability to stand in harm’s way if required. The JSS possess the ability to support Canadian Naval Task Groups and operations with Canada’s allies for both military and humanitarian missions and will be fully staffed by the RCN.  

“The National Shipbuilding Strategy is helping to build a strong and sustainable shipbuilding industry in Canada, while creating jobs and generating major economic benefits from coast to coast to coast.” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, PC, MP, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. “With the construction of the JSS, our government is delivering on our commitment to support the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy as they undertake humanitarian and military missions on behalf of our great country.”

Canada’s shipbuilding industry has been rebuilt thanks to the NSS. To date, Seaspan has $600M in committed contracts and engaged approximately 500 Canadian firms thanks to its NSS-related work alone. At its peak, work on JSS will contribute towards sustaining an estimated 1,000 jobs at Seaspan.

The JSS will be designated the Protecteur-class in recognition of the distinguished service provided by Canada’s former replenishment oilers – Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver.

Seaspan Shipyards and the Government of Canada Announce that Construction is to Begin on Joint Support Ships

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to deliver the combat system of the German Class K130 Corvette. The order comprises 5 corvettes as well as the Test and Training Centre (EZ/BUZ) in Wilhelmshaven.

With completion scheduled for 2025, the “FüWES K130” consortium formed by the two companies and led by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK will deliver the combat system hardware and also adapt and update the existing Combat Management System software of the K130, first batch (ship 1-5).

The contracted solution for Ship 6-10 is identical to the original contract (2003) for the K130, first batch. In line with the re-build requirement, changes in the solution are only related to obsolescence and compliancy with German regulations. Regulations regarding Safety and IT Security are significantly aggravated since commissioning the first batch of corvettes.

Although the industrial situation has changed over the past years, the existing K130 combat system knowledge is preserved within the companies concerned. For this reason, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK will remain responsible for the operational software and Thales will remain responsible for an IT secure combat system infrastructure.

Commander Dietrich Esfeld (German Navy), Head of Project K130 at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), stated: “The corvettes of the Class K130 have already demonstrated their value in shallow water operations in the Baltic Sea as well as expeditionary operations in the Mediterranean for the German Navy.”

Michael Ozegowski, CEO of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, and Dr. Christoph Hoppe, CEO of Thales Deutschland, stated: “This contract is a prolongation of the long standing and successful cooperation between our companies on the German market.” We are proud of this expression of trust: in close cooperation with the ARGE K130 and the German Navy, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and Thales—as two internationally leading system suppliers—are to prepare these ships for the challenges of the years to come.”

The new K130 program leverages a proven combination of sensors and software. The rotating version of the TRS-4D radar system by HENSOLDT has been selected by Germany for the K130 program. This comes after TRS-4D (nonrotating) was introduced in the F125 frigate program where it is integrated with the ANCS CMS by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. Both companies are responding to the current competition for the future German multi-purpose combat ship MKS180. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and HENSOLDT are partnered in the ALION led bid for the Canadian Surface Combatant program.


L3 MAS announced today that it has teamed with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to form Team Artemis to offer the state-of-the-art Artemis Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), based on IAI’s Heron TP, for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) program.

The Artemis UAS is a mature and highly capable platform with a proven operational track record. This Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS will be equipped with a wide variety of sensors and other payloads designed specifically to meet Canada’s requirements. The Artemis UAS is uniquely positioned to assist Canada in preserving its national security and sovereignty interests at home and abroad.

L3 MAS will be the prime contractor for the team, building on its extensive In-Service Support (ISS), airworthiness, integrated logistics and program management experience. It will also lead the Artemis Canadian industrial team, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, which will provide the power plant for the air vehicle, as well as other prominent Canadian partners to be named at a later date. The Artemis solution will deliver substantial economic benefits to Canada, including the creation of high-value Canadian jobs.

“RPAS provides a welcome opportunity to deliver a world-class UAS capability to the RCAF,” said Jacques Comtois, Vice President and General Manager of L3 MAS. “As the prime contractor, mission systems integrator and ISS provider, L3 MAS looks forward to breaking new ground in Canada’s defence and aviation sectors with IAI’s Artemis UAS.”

“IAI is excited to propose our advanced, flexible and operationally proven Artemis solution for Canada’s RPAS project,” said Shaul Shahar, IAI Executive Vice President. “We are excited to have L3 MAS as our partner to cooperate with and bring this impressive capability to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The unique solutions we are offering provide tremendous advantages to Canada, and we look forward to the opportunity to compete on the RPAS project.”

Under the RPAS program, the Department of National Defence (DND) will procure a number of MALE UAS aircraft, with associated Ground Control Stations (GCS), sensor suites and support equipment. The contract is scheduled to be awarded in 2021-2022 and will include the acquisition of the equipment and the full spectrum of In-Service Support for 20 years.

June 1, 2018

L3 MAS Teams with Israel Aerospace Industries for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Project

Modest Tree has released Editor 1.5, the newest version of their award winning software for rapid creation of 3D training applications. Modest3D Editor enables users of all experience levels to rapidly create 3D training using a patent pending visual storyboarding process to create complex and multi-pathed, advanced 3D applications without coding. Modest 3D Editor Version 1.5 includes significant enhancements to increase the speed of lesson creation and the ability to easily create a customized user interface for training.  

Editor is part of the Modest 3D suite, an award winning software platform for rapid creation of 3D training and marketing applications. Editor allows for rapid creation of your 3D scenarios without needing to write code or having animation expertise. Clients using Editor have reported a reduction of 60-80% development time compared to other software.

“We are client-focused and constantly innovating at Modest Tree to provide updates to our development tools that address the feedback and new requirements from clients. We are excited to launch Editor 1.5 and allow users to see the increased speed and customization within our tool” said Sam Sannandeji, CEO of Modest Tree.

May 11, 2018


OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the first four ships of the Royal Saudi Navy’s (RSN) Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) program. 

OSI will build and deliver a military grade system for the MMSC program based on the system designed for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

The company was awarded the LCS-27 contract by Lockheed Martin in November 2017.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to support Lockheed Martin with this important project, and equally proud of the working relationship we have with this prime in other programs,” said Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO. “MMSC is our first RSN related project, and we look forward to future success in expanding our business in this large market.”

As a company that is exclusively focused on the naval market, OSI’s IBNS is designed and built specifically for warships and meets stringent military specification demanded by both the USN and RSN.

May 1, 2018

OSI Selected by Lockheed Martin to deliver IBNS for the Royal Saudi Navy’s MMSC Program

OTTAWA, CANADA, April 26, 2018 – This morning, New Zealand Secretary of Defence Helene Quilter and Commanding Officer Commander (Navy) Steve Lenik, Royal New Zealand Navy, transferred Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE KAHA into the care of Lockheed Martin Canada (NYSE: LMT) and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd in Victoria, BC, to commence the shipyard industrial refit phase of the ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade project.

This marks the first time that a foreign warship has been modernized in Canada since the Second World War.

“For the past four years, Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat System Integration team has been preparing for this day by designing, integrating and testing the Combat System as well as the ship platform design changes for HMNZ Ships TE KAHA and TE MANA next year. Installation of an advanced combat system will ensure New Zealand has a credible maritime combat capability,” says Acting Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary Mission Systems (RMS), Gary Fudge.

During the handover ceremony, held in Esquimalt, BC, Fudge expressed his feelings of satisfaction with this milestone after receiving HMNZS TE KAHA.

“On behalf of Lockheed Martin Canada and the Seaspan team, I wish to express our gratitude for this opportunity to complete the final phase of modernizing TE KAHA, with TE MANA to follow.  Our continued partnership with the Royal New Zealand Navy is something we are very proud of and you may all return to New Zealand secure in the knowledge that your ship is in good hands,” said Fudge.

April 26, 2018


Rheinmetall is protecting a new naval port for an international customer. The multiphase contract is a worth a double-digit euro million figure. It includes the installation of state-of-the-art sensor and advanced command and control technology to protect the equipment from unauthorized access, damage and sabotage. Work will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2021.

To protect the infrastructure, a network of different sensors - different day and night vision cameras, radars, proximity sensors and sonars – will be used to maintain a comprehensive picture of the situation. Furthermore, Rheinmetall is integrating monitoring technology and control systems, such as an integrated building management system, energy supply monitoring, a fire alarm system and a vessel traffic monitoring system. All information flows into the operations center from which the naval base is monitored.

The heart of the monitoring system is Rheinmetall’s Command and Control software – a powerful, innovative software for leadership support which meets all NATO requirements. Rheinmetall’s Command and Control software supports the decision-making of the management and staff organization. The software processes, documents and manages sensor data of any quantity and size and supports the planning and deployment of tactical means.

As a high-tech company for security and mobility, Rheinmetall has proven expertise in the protection of critical infrastructure. For example, Rheinmetall technology was used to protect the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

April 20, 2018

Multimillion Dollars Order from an International Customer: Rheinmetall Protects New Naval Port

OTTAWA, Ontario, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) signed an agreement to supply approximately 17 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium energy storage systems to Peak Power Inc., a North American energy storage services provider. The units will be installed in Ontario, Canada, and along the East Coast of the United States.

"Peak Power Inc. is an innovative company that we are excited to collaborate with to deploy our robust, reliable GridStar Lithium systems," said Frank Armijo, vice president of Lockheed Martin Energy. "These projects are an example of solutions we're providing to address complex global energy challenges."

Peak Power Inc. will use its own intelligent Synergy™ software, combined with GridStar Lithium energy storage systems, to forecast the most expensive peak demand events and shift energy consumption for its customers during these peak moments. This results in a reduced amount of peak demand on the grid and lower electricity costs for customers.

"The Lockheed Martin name is a brand that is associated with a proven track record and high-quality design and engineering," said Derek Lim Soo, CEO of Peak Power Inc. "Our software performance this past year in Ontario allowed us to hit all five coincident peak events that form the bulk of our customer's bills within a one-hour window, with 100% accuracy. We're looking forward to integrating our software with Lockheed Martin's reliable and innovative solutions to support our customer's needs and the future of our distributed grid."

Lockheed Martin has delivered and has a pipeline of energy storage solutions to address a range of applications, including reducing peak loads on the electrical grid and integrating renewable energy sources with energy storage. These projects have been installed in many locations, including Canada.

"Our mission is to deliver solutions to our customers' most complex problems through applying innovative approaches, and through establishing strong, strategic partnerships," said Charles Bouchard, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Canada. "Lockheed Martin Energy has an excellent track record of providing comprehensive solutions across the energy industry, and our work with Peak Power Inc. is a great match to address complex energy needs across both Canada and the United States."

Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium turnkey energy storage systems are compact, easy to install, and scalable from 100 kW to multi-MW projects. GridStar system architecture consists of modular, purpose-built energy storage units that contain batteries, local controls software and all required balance-of-system components. The systems are certified to UL 9540 standards, a key certification for product safety for energy storage systems and equipment. Lockheed Martin is also developing GridStar Flow, featuring the company's proprietary flow battery technology, for flexible, durable, long-duration energy storage for utility-scale projects.

Lockheed Martin Energy is a line of business that delivers comprehensive solutions across the energy industry to include demand response solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, microgrids, nuclear systems and bioenergy generation.

April 20, 2018


An international customer has contracted with Rheinmetall to supply it with artillery and tank ammunition worth a total of round €380 million; the order intake was booked in Q1 2018. The calibre of the artillery ammunition ordered is 155mm, the tank ammunition, 120mm. The contract is set to run for 42 months.

Ever since the foundation of the company over 125 years ago, Rheinmetall has set the global standard for fire support technology. Moreover, the Düsseldorf-based Group is the world’s foremost maker of smoothbore tank main armament systems.

Just awarded, this order reconfirms Rheinmetall’s leading role in the field of advanced weapon and ammunition systems.

April 12, 2018

Rheinmetall wins major order for artillery and tank ammunition

MBDA and Lockheed Martin have jointly completed qualification of MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from Lockheed Martin’s Extensible Launching System (ExLS) 3-Cell Stand Alone Launcher following a series of trials.

ExLS is a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into naval surface combatants leveraging Lockheed Martin’s proven Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) design and electronics.

The compact vertical launch 3-cell ExLS system is specifically designed for smaller naval platforms that are unable to accommodate the larger 8-cell MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). ExLS has also been designed to fit inside the MK 41 launcher (ie ExLS Host), offering flexible, adaptable installation solutions for larger ships to achieve high combat mass within a small on-board footprint.

MBDA’s CAMM is a highly compact missile that enables multiple weapons to be fitted in limited spaces. It is the most modern air defence missile of its class on the market and has recently completed a highly successful series of firings by the Royal Navy. When operated from ExLS or MK 41 VLSD, CAMM comes in a quad-pack arrangement which allows to store and fire 4 missiles from a single cell. These latest trials from 3-cell ExLS were successfully completed in the United Kingdom at the end of 2017.

“The success of these trials is testament to the hard work and close co-operation of the MBDA and Lockheed Martin,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president of small combatants and ship systems. “A launcher within a launcher, ExLS uses CAMM canistered munitions with its qualified launch electronics to cut integration costs by more than 50 percent. It is a mature design that when paired with CAMM offers a low-cost alternative for integrating new missiles and munitions into current and future surface combatants.”

Paul Mead, Head of Business Development at MBDA, said: “These trials have further demonstrated the maturity, reliability and safety of the CAMM vertical launch system from both 3-cell ExLS and ExLS Host/MK 41 and follows the highly successful operational trials of CAMM by the Royal Navy in 2017. The pairing of CAMM with the 3-cell ExLS launcher is a natural choice, providing a flexible launcher solution available now for naval platforms to take advantage of the high performance air defence capabilities and compact size of CAMM with ExLS. Other MBDA weapon systems, compatible with ExLS, are planned for the future.”

April 5, 2018

CAMM completes qualification trials from 3-cell ExLS launcher

Santiago, Chile, 3 April 2018 – Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for one H160 with an undisclosed customer in Brazil for private and business aviation operations.

This order, the first from a Latin American customer, came after a flight demonstration in Marignane where the customer experienced first-hand the step-change in passenger comfort that the H160 brings to the market.

“We are proud to announce the first sale of an H160 in Latin America where it has a lot of potential as we have been seeing a lot of interest in the aircraft,” said Mesrob Karalekian, Head of Latin America at Airbus Helicopters. “It is easy to see why the H160 appeals to private and business aviation customers as it is not only stylish but its cutting edge technology offers passengers an elegant, safe and extremely comfortable way to travel” he added.

The H160 has been designed to offer all its passengers, whether for private and business aviation flights, Oil and Gas passenger transport, emergency medical services, or public services missions, with an exceptional flight experience thanks to the panoramic views provided by the large cabin windows, low sound levels, and smooth flight even at high speeds. External visibility for pilots is also highly prioritized with a large windshield, lateral and floor level windows that allow them to see below the aircraft when landing. This is combined with the visibility provided by the aircrafts’ cameras that can be displayed one of the four multi-functional displays in the cockpit. Helionix, Airbus Helicopters’ digital avionics suite, further contributes to the aircraft’s safety by significantly reducing pilot workload. Presenting the right information at the right time, along with the H160’s integrated automatic functions, allows the pilot to concentrate on the mission at hand.

The H160 has also been designed to facilitate maintenance allowing it to reach levels similar to that of a light twin. The aircraft’s optimized accessibility has been praised by customers who have recently had the opportunity to fly in the H160 during its North American demo tour.

April 5, 2018

First H160 for the Latin American market

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Mar. 23, 2018 – Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program.

“We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Army. As the world’s best Helicopter Trainer provider, we recognize how important an asset the Lakota is for Army Aviation and our nation. Our employees at Airbus are committed to delivering every aircraft on-cost and on-schedule, without exception,” said Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the North America Region. 

This new contract includes the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals and program management in training configuration for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Ft. Rucker. The aircraft provided under this contract are from a 2016 fiscal year (FY) procurement decision.

“Our mission of providing this vital national asset is crucial to the protection of our country and the closure of the pilot shortage gap,” Emerson said.

The UH-72A is a twin-engine utility helicopter used for a wide range of military operations including troop and light cargo transport, MEDEVAC, VIP transport, border security, and Homeland Defense.

Airbus has delivered more than 423 UH-72A Lakota aircraft from its facilities in Columbus, Miss., since the award of the first contract in 2005.  The new contract enhances the Lakota fleet and its training mission. With additional aircraft in the fleet, Lakota operators have more capability to conduct and support disaster relief and counter-drug operations in support of civil agencies or national emergencies.  

Available in multiple configurations, the UH 72A Lakota is the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production.  The Lakota is a key component of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and the primary rotary-wing trainer for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The UH 72A Lakota is fielded in and out of the Continental United States in several different configurations, performing a number of essential missions for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the National Guard.  

March 23, 2018

Airbus Helicopters to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotasfor the U.S. Army

Christof brings over 20 years of experience successfully delivering large, complex programs for multinational companies. With an extensive background in strategic financial planning and analysis, Christof will help drive the continued success and improvement of Seaspan.

“As a leader with experience in transforming international finance teams, Christof has all of the skills that we were looking for to lead the financial components of our business,” said Brian Carter, President and CEO – Seaspan Shipyards. “We are pleased to welcome him to Seaspan as our company continues to grow and look forward to the contributions he will make.”

Christof is a highly accomplished finance executive who will provide the leadership and guidance necessary to build a strong, integrated and efficient finance team. In addition, his industry background – which includes contributing to the profitable growth of aerospace and defence programs at Airbus Group – is valuable as Seaspan continues to develop the systems and processes required to deliver on its commitments to the Government of Canada as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

“Christof will be an integral member of our Executive Leadership Team in the newly created role of CFO. He will play a key role in our efforts to deliver on commitments for our customers and ensure the long-term success of our business,” said Brian Carter.

Christof’s expertise includes leading diverse teams of finance professionals, business planning and analysis, large-scale capital project delivery, accounting and auditing, financial performance management, investor relations, as well as business partnering and successfully managing rapid growth.

March 6, 2018

Seaspan Shipyards Appoints Christof Brass as Chief Financial Officer

Today, representatives of two Canadian Army regiments, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the Royal 22e Régiment, participated in a commemorative hockey game in the City of Paju in the Republic of Korea. The Imjin Classic 2018 was held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and pay homage to the competitive spirit of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The Imjin Classic 2018 was played at the Yulgok Wetland Park, near the original site of the original hockey games. It was organized by the Embassy of Korea in Canada and Paju City in partnership with the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The game coincided with the passage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games torch relay in Paju City. This leg of the relay featured Canada’s Ambassador to Korea, Eric Walsh, and Canadian Korean War veteran, Colonel (Retired) Charland as torch bearers.

Members of the PPCLI and R22eR were joined by Canadians living in the Republic of Korea and played as “Team Canada” in a friendly game against “Team Corea”, made up of players from Yonsei University and Korea University. Outdoors, in front of a lively crowd, “Team Canada” won the Imjin Cup.

The Imjin Classic hockey game, an annual tradition in Canada since 2013, is inspired by the games played on the frozen Imjin River in 1952 and 1953 between the PPCLI and R22eR during the Korean War. In attendance as special guests were Canadian Korean War veterans Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Bishop, Colonel (Retired) Claude Charland and Sergeant (Retired) Dennis Moore. Both Colonel (Retired) Charland (Vandoos) and Sergeant (Retired) Moore (PPCLI) played in the original inter-regiment series on the Imjin River.

January 22, 2018

Canadian Army participates in Imjin Classic 2018 hockey game in the Republic of Korea

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, 2018

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, 2018


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.

The primary purpose of this series of trials was to test the beam guidance and tracking system, with a simulated engagement of airborne targets.


November 14, 2016


 Although still a minority, the number of Canadians who believe the private sector has the highest obligation to help veterans find jobs more than doubled from five per cent last year to 12 percent in 2016, according to a new national survey conducted by NANOS RESEARCH Group and released today by Commissionaires. 

“I was struck by the significant growth in the number of Canadians who believe the private sector bears some responsibility to help veterans find jobs,” said Vice-Admiral Duncan Miller (Ret’d), National Board Chair, Commissionaires."


November 9, 2016

Increasing number of Canadians believe private sector obligated to help veterans find jobs

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that is has received a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. Defence Research and Development Canada will test the TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) variable depth ASW sonar on Royal Canadian Navy ships. 

TRAPS is an innovative towed compact, low-cost, active-passive, variable-depth sonar for submarine, torpedo and surface-ship detection.


November 7, 2016


Airbus Defence and Space has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CAE of Canada for the acquisition of two additional Full Flight Simulators for the C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft. One device will be located at the company’s International Training Centre at Seville, Spain and the other with an undisclosed C295 operator. The deal will support the rapidly growing number of C295s in service worldwide and will take to six the number of C295 simulators purchased from CAE.


November 7, 2016

Airbus Defence and Space to Order Two C295 Simulators from CAE

Rheinmetall and Airbus Defence & Space officially transferred the Cargo Hold Trainer – Enhanced (CHT-E) for the A400M transport plane to the Royal Air Force on October 20 at a formal handover ceremony.

This state-of-the-art training system is located in the National Training Centre at the Royal Air Force station in Brize Norton. In the presence of Air Commodore Stephen Lushington, commander of the RAF Air Mobility Force, and other high-ranking representatives of the armed forces and defence industry, Doris Lilkendey, head of the flight simulation product unit of Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, presented the station commander, Group Captain Timothy T. Jones, and the commander of the No. 24 Squadron, Wing Commander Daz Rawlins, with a lasered, illuminated model of the cargo hold simulator for the A400M. 


November 4, 2016

Rheinmetall transfers Cargo Hold Trainer Enhanced for the A400M to Royal Air Force

MBDA has been awarded a £100M Demonstration and Manufacture contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the Sea Ceptor air defence system for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) new class of frigate, the Type 26 (T26) Global Combat Ship (GCS). This advanced missile system will provide the principal air defence of the T26 and nearby ships against advanced airborne threats including sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, fast jets, helicopters, and UAVS.


November 4, 2016


Through the attached Press Release, Sentient is pleased to confirm that its ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) payload has successfully completed its capability demonstration with the UK’s Royal Navy at the recent Unmanned Warrior exercise.  The first public demonstration of ViDAR in Europe. In front of senior representatives from the Royal Navy, British government, industry, and representatives of allied militaries from around the world, ViDAR consistently demonstrated its ability to autonomously detect small objects on the surface of the ocean over wide areas of coverage.


November 3, 2016

ViDAR optical radar impresses at Royal Navy¹s Unmanned Warrior

Consolidated sales rise 10% to €3,904 million adjusted for currency effects

Operating earnings for the Group increase by 30% or €42 million to €182 million

Strong sales growth in Defence of 18% to €1,912 million and considerably improved operating earnings of €32 million

Automotive increases sales after good third quarter of 2016 to €1,992 million, operating margin at high level of 8.2%

Order backlog remains over €7 billion


November 3, 2016

Rheinmetall with Quarterly Figures: Strong Growth in Sales and Earnings Forecast: 2016 Sales to Rise to €5.6 Billion

CarteNav Solutions Inc. (CarteNav) today announced that it has received a strategic investment from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of $1.4 million USD under the Government of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Investment Framework program. “The funding provided by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics under the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s IRB Investment Framework program will be used to augment the ability of our flagship product, AIMS-ISR®, to integrate with and enhance leading airborne surveillance radars,” said Paul Evans, CarteNav’s president.


November 2, 2016

Cartenav receives investment from Lockheed martin to support product development

Toronto, ON – Today, Starbucks Canada and True Patriot Love (TPL) have announced a new collaboration which will help support Veterans’ reintegration to civilian life, by accessing resources to secure future employment. Each year, 5,000 men and women exit the Canadian Armed Forces, looking for the next chapter in their lives. Entering the civilian workforce for the first time can be a significantly challenging transition and many require support to translate military skills into civilian jobs. 


November 2, 2016

Starbucks Canada to Help Veterans Find Jobs After Leaving Service

With a population of some 240 million, Indonesia is one of the world’s largest democracies. As a member of ASEAN and the G20 group of major economies, the country plays an increasingly important role as a regional power and source of stability in Southeast Asia. This is why Indonesia is currently modernizing its armed forces. 


November 2, 2016

Rheinmetall at Indo Defence 2016 in Jakarta (Indonesia) 

Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace have announced a strategic partnership for the provision of In Service Support (ISS) for C295 aircraft operated by members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The announcement follows a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies to pursue global ISS opportunities. It builds on the existing partnership for Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program. 

“We are excited to expand our existing relationship with PAL Aerospace beyond Canada’s FWSAR program into further export oriented opportunities. We are fortunate that we can leverage the infrastructure and expertise that the two companies have in GCC to accomplish this objective.” said Simon Jacques, President Airbus Defence and Space Canada.


October 28, 2016

Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace announce strategic partnership on in-service support for Gulf States

A new damning indictment of defence procurement in Canada is being published by Dundurn Press in its Point of View series.

Professor Kim Richard Nossal of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University surveys the mess that successive governments — both Liberal and Conservative — have made of the defence procurement process in Canada. 


October 27, 2016


Global Defence & Energy conference ConvergX™ Canada will once again be held in Calgary, AB on February 7-9, 2017. With a variety of sessions dedicated to bridging solutions and looking at the future between the industries. Please also go to our new website  for additional event information. Registration is already open, take advantage of the 25% saving by registering before November 15, 2016.

October 27, 2016

ConvergX™ Canada 2017 - The Future of Defence, Energy and Mining

Toronto, Canada, October 27, 2016 – INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has announced a new Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) to join its already-extensive fleet of special-purpose vehicles. This new vehicle – named the Hudson – has been specifically designed for SWAT, law enforcement and border patrol agencies, offering a reliable as well as compact solution for secure personnel transportation. Based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 platform, the vehicle ensures a high level of maneuverability while securely and comfortably transporting up to eight passengers and one turret operator.


October 27, 2016

INKAS® Introduces its New Hudson APC

Itajubá, Brazil, 27 October 2016 – Helibras and Airbus Helicopters have opened a new chapter in the history of the H225M multirole utility helicopter with the official presentation of the first aircraft in naval combat configuration. Developed and assembled locally by Helibras, Airbus Helicopters’ subsidiary in Brazil, this new H225M version is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Brazilian Navy, with mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance.


October 27, 2016

Airbus Helicopters and Helibras introduce first H225M in naval combat version

HALIFAX, NS – October 26, 2016 – The Lazaridis Institute has selected QRA Corp as one of Canada’s most promising emerging technology companies to participate in its inaugural Canadian Scale-Up Program. QRA is based in Halifax, NS, making it the only company to be selected outside of Ontario and Quebec. The highly anticipated program will bring high-potential firms together with an elite group of experts, all of whom have experience in scaling globally competitive enterprises. 

"The QRA team is at a critical point for growth; we need to scale now in order to operationally handle the many incoming clients, countries, and industries,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, CEO & Co-founder of QRA. “We’re really very happy, honoured, and excited to have been chosen to pilot the Lazaridis Institute Canadian Scale-Up program."


October 26, 2016

QRA Selected as Top 10 Tech Firm to Pilot Lazaridis Institute Program

40 years ago the five hundred year old 1st Infantry Regiment welcomed the first armoured vanguard vehicle (Véhicule de l'avant blindé VAB) into its ranks, from the outset making it the centre of operations. The faithful servant of past operations, it is now ensuring the smooth introduction of the Scorpion Programme.

It was in 1970 that Robert Galley, Minister of Defence, launched the VAB programme, and that SAVIEM filed the patent for the vehicle’s architecture.

As early as 1971, an agreement was signed between SAVIEM, the contractor, designer, architect, engine and powertrain supplier and Creusot-Loire, subcontractor, for the design and manufacture of the body and the assembly of the prototypes.


October 19, 2016



OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract with Navantia to Provide IBS to the RAN

October 20, 2016 - Burnaby, BC, - OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has signed a contract with Navantia to supply two Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS) to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for the AOR (Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment) Program. 

The IBS is based on OSI’s warship INTS (Integrated Navigation & Tactical System) design which will be custom engineered and built to the RAN’s standards and requirements.   

As a type approved Integrated Navigation System (INS), INTS’s scalable architecture allows for core capability to be designed into a range of bridge configurations such as those found in offshore patrol vessels and frigate programs, supporting navies’ alignment with commonality and interoperability objectives. 

INTS is currently being supplied to other programs, such as the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship and Resolve Class programs, the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program, and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC program.  

As part of the Navantia agreement, OSI will also provide the company’s world leading warship navigation software, ECPINS, which is licensed fleet wide by the RAN.    ECPINS is an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Approved ECDIS that meets the NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564. 

“We are pleased to be working with Navantia to deliver this important project, and equally pleased with our continued relationship with the RAN” said Ken Kirkpatrick, President & CEO.  “The Australian naval market presents significant IBS opportunities for OSI and this project will provide us the foundation to build on.”

Organizational Announcement


It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Richard (Rich) Foster as the new corporate Vice President, Canada Operations, for L-3 Canada. He will be reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, David Van Buren. Rich will work out of the Ottawa office.

As Vice President, Canada Operations, Richard will provide a focal point for conducting business in Canada for the L-3 team. He will also assist our Business Strategy team to develop Canadian L-3 opportunities abroad.