Interfacing the physical and virtual worldsTraining in a simulated environment is the way of the future. While it will never completely replace the invaluable live experience, it is more cost-effective and able to recreate scenarios many live exercises...
Warfare centre key to surface combatant weapon evaluationThink of it as a cool CGI movie. A Canadian patrol frigate makes a sonar contact – a submarine, some distance ahead. As a helicopter keeps watch overhead, the frigate races forward to engage the craft...
Coast Guard reform: What is the best approach?The history of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is complex and convoluted. While their spiritual origins stem from the ancient concern of all mariners for the safety of life at sea, their organizational...
Where do UAVs fit in Canada’s future?Unmanned (uninhabited if you are gender-sensitive) aerial vehicles (UAVs) clearly have a burgeoning future in Canada and around the world. But what types and in what roles are questions that are yet to...
Capability-based SOR for challenging SARCanada’s search and rescue (SAR) region of responsibility is arguably the most challenging in the world. Readers with an interest in Canadian SAR have heard this repeatedly. Why? Because it’s true! Canada...
In The News
For those anticipating yet another scathing critique of government defence procurement, the Auditor General’s fall report on government shipbuilding was surprisingly tame, even complimentary. But it did confirm what many have been saying for a long time: the dollars allocated to building the RCN’s next generation of ships do not square with the navy’s quantity [...]
Thales Canada was awarded a five-year, $20-million contract last week to lead innovative science and technology projects for safety and national security. The company will conduct the work on behalf of Defence Research and Development Canada with 18 tech partners, including C3 Human Factors Consulting, CAE, Champoux Williams Consultants and OODA Technologies, from its new [...]
Earlier this week at the Dubai Airshow, Boeing announced it will use Bombardier’s Challenger 605 business jet as the platform for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program, a maritime surveillance system based on Boeing’s P-8A mission system technology. “The Challenger 605 is an ideal platform to host MSA’s mission system, sensors and communications equipment,” said [...]
Scott Dewis spent a decade in the world of Hollywood, creating visual effects for TV shows such as Alias, Lost, Fringe, FlashForward, CSI and Pushing Daisies, and developing interactive video games for clients like Disney and Warner Brothers. As he discovered when his Victoria, British Columbia company, RaceRocks Digital, was approached in 2010 to provide [...]
The White House, Senate and House of Representatives may be stalled on the future of American space policy, but space exploration remains a public fascination. Look no further than this summer’s movie theatre, where blockbusters like Elysium, Oblivion and After Earth about the end of the world largely cratered while the Star Trek franchise continued [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
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 [...]
When the federal government hit the reset button on its quest for a replacement for Canada’s CF-188 Hornet, it stressed that all options were on the table. That message was emphasized again in June when the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat (NFPS) provided an update on the progress of its seven point plan. To date, interested [...]