The necessity of a navyOn 25 November, Parliament Hill will host Navy Appreciation Day 2014, bringing together Parliamentarians, the Royal Canadian Navy, the maritime education sector and the maritime defence industry in an...
A new era for Arctic operationsThe discovery in September of HMS Erebus in the frigid waters of the Queen Maud Gulf was a public relations bonanza for the government of Canada. But it was also a small triumph for the Royal Canadian...
Advancing the New Veterans CharterBefore Parliament rose for its summer recess, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs issued a report on the New Veterans Charter called Moving Forward. A few weeks earlier, the Standing...
ADM MAT adapts to new procurement strategyWhen the government introduced the Defence Procurement Strategy in February, it laid out three priorities: delivering the right equipment in a timely manner; leveraging the purchase of defence equipment...
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...
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Harris Corporation confirmed last week a four-year, $180 million IDIQ contract to supply the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with its Falcon III tactical radios, including the AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radio, AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack radio, and the RF-7800H high-frequency manpack radio. The radios are being provided under a National Individual Standing Offer and will be available [...]
David Curtis will serve as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for the next year. The president and CEO of Viking Air was elected to chair the association’s board of directors during its annual aerospace summit this week. He succeeds Barry Kohler, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. In his outgoing address, Kohler [...]
On September 1, four CF-188s began patrolling the skies over the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as part of a 10-year NATO mission known as Baltic Air Policing (BAP). The deployment is the first time Canada has participated in the BAP mission – the Royal Canadian Air Force deployed five fighter jets [...]
On 24 August 2014, troops of the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic launched an offensive south of the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine. They rapidly tore a huge hole in the defences of the Ukranian Army, surrounded some 4,000-5,000 Ukrainian troops, and advanced southwards towards the city of Mariupol. Facing catastrophe, the Ukrainian government sued [...]
This year’s CASIS Symposium, to be held January 23, 2015 in Ottawa, will compare western intelligence systems with those of Russia and China. Intelligence advantage depends on secrecy, yet the subject has stimulated a broad and deep literature. Intelligence is intrinsically fascinating and closely linked with compelling international struggles. Of all the government disciplines it [...]
Focus On: Next-Gen Fighter
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]