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New organization to promote aerospace R&D

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 [...]

MDA awarded support contract for small UAS

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 [...]

Public Works, Sikorsky reach Cyclone deal

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 [...]


Why strategic Canadian defence procurement is good for Canada

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 [...]

What is best value for the Canadian Surface Combatant?

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


The Super Hornet economic return

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 value of a JSF deal

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 [...]

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The Super Hornet approach to technology insertion

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 [...]