Connecting the Joint agendaIn a future of network-centric operations, C4ISR (command, control, communications and computers, combined with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) will underpin the success of joint and coalition...
Sensing the next breakthroughPizza delivery by UAV? Your Amazon book order by remote control? The opportunities for unmanned systems have never been greater. As delegates to the annual Unmanned System Canada (USC) conference in November...
New definitions for a new domainIn early December, three major banks reported cyber incidents, including the Royal Bank of Scotland and JP Morgan Chase, a reminder of the vulnerability of critical financial infrastructure. That same...
LAV 6.0: Protected, mobile and lethalSince the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) rolled into service 14 years ago, it has been the backbone of the Canadian Army’s vehicle fleet. Over the better part of a decade in Afghanistan, the fleet...
Consumable, sharable, predictable: Developing the protocols for standardized dataThe services of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) may have their distinctive colours and historic insignia, but increasingly their data is the colour purple. Each service has specific systems requirements,...
In The News
Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), spoke yesterday with aerospace industry leaders and academics about the Emerging Skies Initiative (ESI), which is being developed to collaboratively explore innovative solutions to future air power needs. “Emerging Skies is a Royal Canadian Air Force initiative that brings together the Air Force, Canadian [...]
The Canadian Coast Guard is seeking four to eight medium-lift helicopters. In a RFP issued late last week by Public Works and Government Services Canada, the government said it requires a commercial off-the-shelf helicopter, spares, ground support equipment and training, as well as possible support services and assistance with simulator design. The RFP closes on [...]
AgustaWestland has signed an agreement for its first Canadian supply centre, according to Aerospace and Defence News. The centre will be operated by Chartright Executive Helicopters in Toronto. The Finmeccanica company said the centre will allow closer proximity of materials to a growing customer base and fleet of aircraft in Canada and will carry in [...]
Defence procurement in Canada is a mess. We watched Prime Minister Jean Chretien kill a Navy helicopter purchase at his first Cabinet meeting in 1993—and two decades later no helicopters are ready to fly. We see delays in buying trucks for the Army. The F35 fighter contract is caught in a political storm and may [...]
Journalism Joe Sacco Metropolitan Books, 2012 Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City Guy Delisle Drawn & Quarterly, 2012 UAVs can sweep across the terrain, from miles above or merely a few hundred feet, collecting information that can be viewed safely from another continent thousands of miles away. The intelligence gained is immediately current but informs [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
While Lockheed Martin has made much of the generational leap in technology that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter represents, Boeing has taken a more incremental approach to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, its offering for Canada’s next fighter aircraft. Speaking at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa this fall, Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer [...]
We are coming up on a year since KPMG delivered its report to Treasury Board Secretariat on the total lifecycle cost (LCC) of the F-35 Lightning II. The report was the final installment in a long series of deliberations to determine the total ownership cost for a fleet of F-35A fighter jets. The report’s findings [...]
As defence contractors await the results of the Canadian government’s evaluation of options to replace the RCAF’s fleet of CF-188s, many are readying themselves for the potential competition of an acquisition program. Dassault Aviation, for one, used the recent Paris Air Show in June to highlight how the Rafale, an aircraft Canadian pilots worked with [...]