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In acquisition of Bombardier’s Military Aviation Training unit, CAE takes over NATO training program

CAE has acquired Bombardier’s Military Aviation Training division. The two Montreal-based companies announced the $19.8 million deal on Monday. As part of the transaction, CAE now becomes the prime contractor for the NATO Flying Training in Canada program operating out of Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw and CFB Cold Lake. The NFTC program combines basic, [...]

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Irving, government reach agreement on AOPS build contract

The federal government has reached an agreement with Irving Shipbuilding to build six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), otherwise known as the Harry DeWolf class. The $2.3 billion contract was announced in Ottawa by senior officials and Kevin McCoy, president of the Halifax shipyard. Under a design-then-build approach, Irving will begin initial test modules in [...]

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Boeing delivers Chinook maintenance training devices

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron recently took delivery of new maintenance training devices. In a press release this week, Boeing said it had provided the Chinook Maintenance Trainer to the medium-to-heavy lift training center currently under construction at Garrison Petawawa. The system includes a complete airframe and an interactive display that will help technicians build experience [...]


Eric Jacksch
Cyber security predictions for 2015

2015 promises to be an interesting year in cyber security. I’d like to offer some predictions. Global Surveillance and Privacy New revelations about global surveillance will continue to generate debate in 2015. The vast number of documents provided by Snowden will keep journalists busy for some time to come. So far the material has focused [...]

Chuck Black
A silver bullet for water treatment

Water purification and treatment technology developed specifically for power plants, commercial buildings, hospitals and other sensitive military and civilian installations may be finding a new set of military and shipbuilding applications. Silver Bullet Water Treatment Company, a mostly Canadian owned tech SME, with offices in Charlottetown, Ottawa, Toronto, and Denver, originally developed its innovative technology [...]

Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter

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Resolving Canada’s fighter jet dilemma: Are drones and missiles the answer?

Ottawa appears committed to purchasing (medium range) fifth generation fighter aircraft to defend Canadian sovereignty and to contribute to overseas operations in a support capacity. However, in the absence of a genuine defence review – and one that explicitly identifies conventional and non-conventional threats to Canada’s national security – it is difficult to comprehend what [...]

Super Hornet: A better fit for Canada’s operating environment?

A report released earlier this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives once again raises concerns about the reliability of a single engine in Canada’s replacement for the CF-18 fighter aircraft. In “One Dead Pilot: Single-Engine F-35 a Bad Choice for Canada’s Arctic,” Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law [...]

Typhoon pitches proven capability and cost

In mid-March, as the Eurofighter Typhoon prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of its maiden flight, executives from the European consortium were in Ottawa to remind the government that although the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might look good on paper and in testing, they have an operations-proven option that can meet Canada’s varied needs. The [...]