INDUSTRY updates


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.

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February 23, 2017

TEAM SPARTAN
CHALLENGES THE
AWARD OF THE
FWSAR CONTRACT
BEFORE THE FEDERAL
COURT OF CANADA


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.”

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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December 21, 2016

IMarEST’s INTERNATIONAL NAVAL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION MOVES TO AUTUMN 2018


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. 

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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

MBDA CARRIES OUT SUCCESSFUL TESTS WITH ENFORCERS


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

SEASPAN FERRIES CORPORATION ANNOUncES ARRIVAL OF FIRST NEW LIQUEFIELD NATURAL GAS FUELLED VESSEL


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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

APPOINTMENT OF MARC LEBLANC, SENIOR DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, L-3 MAS


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.

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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.

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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 L3T.com on January 3, 2017. The Company’s New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will remain the same. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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November 14, 2016

MBDA DEUTSCHLAND SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NEW LASER EFFECTOR


 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.