Size matters: New mission capabilities through small systemsSmall unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) provide immediate situational intelligence to ground forces, and to remote command. The very order of this statement reveals the roles and applications to which these...
Strengthening Canadian C4ISR superiority through innovationWhen Canada embarks on major military procurement, the actual vehicle – truck, tank, airplane, helicopter or ship – while physically and visually having the most impact, is a very small part of delivering...
C4ISR development: A system-of-systems challengeC4ISR represents an area of significant growth for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), but it comes with a raft of challenges around technical and procedural integration for joint and coalition forces. Concepts,...
Geospatial information: Changing the way we conduct operationsIf C4ISR is at the heart of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) joint agenda, then geospatial data is the essential element that underlies the data of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. In recent...
A quest for signature managementProminent among the many new systems on the future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will likely be a next generation signature management system. And it will owe its capability to a research vessel named...
In The News
Building on the success of investments in Quebec aerospace innovation, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and the Consortium for Research & Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) have launched a national initiative based on the Quebec model, the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC). Stemming from recommendations in the Emerson [...]
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has been awarded a five-year contract valued at CA$5 million with National Defence to provide support for the Raven-B unmanned aerial surveillance solution acquired by the government in October 2013. The contract includes options for incremental activities up to an additional CA$11 million. In October, MDA was awarded an $11.3 million [...]
The Canadian Press is reporting that the federal government has reached an agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft to begin accepting the long-awaited CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. According to the report, the deal is still being vetted by government lawyers and could take until early May to conclude, but it would see the Royal Canadian Air Force [...]
The benefits of strategic Canadian defence procurement to Canada can and should be significantly higher if Canada treats its defence procurements and Canadian defence industrial sector more strategically. The first two benefits are fundamental needs for Canada’s population – namely sovereignty and security. Sovereignty refers to the ability of Canada to act completely independently of [...]
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), a $38.3 billion program to renew the aging fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard, is designed to meet a multitude of federal government needs. These include sovereignty projection, participation in international coalitions and meeting international commitments, and ensuring respect for Canadian law in our own [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
As the U.S. Department of Defence prepares its final budget recommendations for 2014, there is considerable speculation about the long-term future of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, both of which are expected to complete their current production run in 2016. But Boeing is talking up the value proposition it brings to the [...]
The government may have received the options analysis from the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat, but it has yet to indicate whether it will proceed with the acquisition of the Joint Strike Fighter or hold an open competition. Not surprisingly, Lockheed Martin has been making the government and Canadians aware of what is at stake if [...]
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 [...]