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Lamperd seeking new deals

Lamperd Less Lethal expects a major bump in business in the next several months. In a release last week, the Sarnia-based company said the federal government had given approval to various departments to purchase its products (the deal is not mention yet in the government’s updates on standing offers and supply arrangements). Lamperd completed the [...]

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First UAS course in Alma

Spectral Aviation will be accepting its first cohort of unmanned aerial system operators in October. The company, in partnership with the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence in Alma, Quebec, has developed a 40 hour program spread over five days that is based on manned aircraft pilot training criteria recognized by Transport Canada. The course [...]

Brazil recently added 3 more C295 to fleet of 12 Airbus search and rescue (SAR) aircraft.
Adjusting to value propositions: The DPS effect

When Pedro Mas heard a government official describe Canada’s next fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft as a “no fail” platform, it was music to his ears. “We feel very comfortable because it is…our strongest point,” said the head of Airbus Defence and Space in Canada of the C295, a proven aircraft already performing SAR missions [...]


Peter Jones
Who holds power in Iran?

One of the most frustrating aspects of any attempt to negotiate with Iran, be it on the nuclear issue or anything else, is trying to determine who actually holds the power to make and enforce decisions. While the country has a written constitution, its real power structure is maddeningly opaque. On paper, Iran has two, [...]

Roy Wiseman
In defence of direct negotiation

Reprinted from our sister magazine, Canadian Government Executive.   From time to time, the popular media jump on examples of contracts awarded without competitive bids as examples of everything that is wrong in government. Perhaps, it is time to make the opposite case that open competition also has some problems and there are times when [...]

Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter


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 [...]

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The Joint Strike Fighter: Driven by data

Talking in detail about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter requires verbal dexterity. Many of the aircraft’s features are classified, so inadvertently revealing a number or the full capabilities of a sensor carry a heavy price. “Leavenworth [prison] is such a terrible place to be,” Stephen O’Bryan says with a rueful smile as he pauses yet [...]