With the Canadian government expected to announce a winner for the RCAF’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) project sometime in early 2017, firms involved in bidding are highlighting some of what they can contribute.
Team Spartan, which is offering its C-27J aircraft, recently highlighted the potential economic and job benefits the program could bring to the Halifax region if it is awarded the contract.
General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, with facilities in Dartmouth, IMP Aerospace and Bluedrop Training & Simulation, both based in Halifax, are key Canadian partners within Team Spartan, the group noted. Economic benefits will be spread across the country if the team is awarded the contract, but the group wanted to highlight the Halifax portion at a September defence trade show in the city.
DRS Technologies Canada Ltd., a Leonardo company, recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility in Kanata, Ontario. The move completes the merging of two former DRS buildings in the Ottawa region and provides DRS Canada with improved high-tech building infrastructure and additional space that will allow for growth, the firm noted.
DRS Canada has significant defence programs, including the shipboard integrated communications (SHINCOM) system that provides secure naval communications used by maritime forces around the world, including the U.S. and Canada.
And DRS Canada is also a leading Canadian team member and training provider for Team Spartan, the firm noted.
The other main bidder for FWSAR is Airbus Defence and Space with its C295W aircraft.
Airbus Defence and Space recently announced that advanced electro-optical/infrared turret systems produced by L-3 WESCAM of Burlington, Ontario, reached the 1,000 flight-hour mark in service on customer-operated Airbus C295 maritime patrol aircraft.
“We congratulate L-3 WESCAM on this milestone,” Simon Jacques, President of Airbus Defence and Space Canada, said in a statement. “L-3 WESCAM is a Canadian global leader in sophisticated imaging systems and we are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with them.”
In addition to providing imaging systems for the worldwide fleet of C295 aircraft, L-3 WESCAM is a major partner in the Airbus Defence and Space bid to supply the C295W as Canada’s new FWSAR aircraft.
Pratt and Whitney Canada also recently delivered the 400th PW127G turboprop engine for the C295W aircraft. The engine is assembled at the firm’s Longueuil, Quebec facility and is the exclusive power plant for the plane, noted Pratt and Whitney Canada.
L-3 WESCAM also recently announced that Mike Greenley has been appointed as president, reporting to Jeff Miller, president of L-3’s Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector. Greenley joins L-3 from CAE Inc., where he served as vice president and general manager of CAE Canada. Greenley has over two decades of experience working in the aerospace and defence industry, the company noted.
In other aircraft news, Field Aviation announced it has delivered the fourth missionized Challenger aircraft to Cobham Aviation Services. This fourth delivery comes just three months after delivery of the third aircraft, the firm pointed out. These aircraft are to provide enhanced search and rescue capabilities in support of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s operations. Field Aviation said it designed, installed, flight-tested, and certified structural, electrical and aerodynamic changes to the aircraft. These included a lavatory, galley, and cabin area reconfiguration, as well as the installation of the sensor provisions and aerodynamic modifications.
Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. recently participated in Exercise CUTLASS FURY 16, a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise led by the Royal Canadian Navy. DA Defence’s fleet of Alpha jets and Westwind special mission aircraft joined Canadian and allied ships and aircraft conducting ASW training off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, the company said. DA Defence aircraft and crews flew more than 180 sorties on various missions, including anti-ship and electronic warfare training, threat replication and target tow.
Polaris is delivering 36 utility task vehicles and 12 trailers to the Canadian Army. The equipment is being sent to light infantry battalions at Canadian Forces Bases in Edmonton, Petawawa and Valcartier.
The contract is for the Polaris Defense turbo diesel MRZR (MRZR-D) utility task vehicles and 12 tactical trailers. The deal is being handled through Polaris Industries Ltd, the Canada-based office of Polaris Industries Inc.
Trials will be conducted on the equipment and feedback submitted to the Army’s Directorate of Land Requirements. There is an option for up to 18 more MRZR-Ds and up to six more tactical trailers.
In early October, the Finnish navy received the fully refitted minelayer Pansio. The mid-life upgrade was carried out by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Finland Oy together with Uki Workboat Oy as a subcontractor, according to ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. All three Pansio-class minelayers — the Pansio, Porkkala and Pyhäranta — will be refitted. The refitting will extend the use of the ships well into the 2030s.
Commissionaires Kingston recently announced the appointments of BGen (ret’d) Michael R. Dabros OMM CD, Col (ret’d) Rickard Dickson CD, and LCol (ret’d) Michael Moore CD to its board of directors.
BGen Dabros graduated from Carleton University (BSc) and from Royal Military College of Canada with a Masters in Defence Studies. In 1990, he was posted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. He later was posted to Afghanistan as the deputy commander of the NATO Air Training Mission in Kabul. He received a U.S. Bronze Star. Promoted to brigadier general in 2010, he was later posted to London, UK as commander of the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff responsible for primary liaison between Canadian defence interests and the UK defence structure.
Col Dickson served more than 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada, the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Military Arts and Science. His deployments included the high Arctic, Pakistan, Bosnia, Turkey and Afghanistan. He served three years as director of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers.
LCol Moore graduated from the University of Waterloo (BSc), McMaster (MBA) and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a logistics officer with a finance specialty and held positions across the Canadian Armed Forces and NATO. His deployments included Bosnia, Belgium and The Netherlands.
“We are very pleased to welcome these three distinguished new members to the Commissionaires Kingston Division Board of Directors,” Col (ret’d) Jim Holsworth, Chairman of the Board of Directors Commissionaires Kingston, said in a statement. “Their extensive military backgrounds will greatly help us attract and recruit veterans to our security business in support of our social mandate, as well as guide our Division in its business endeavours.”