BAE Systems was selected as preferred tenderer to supply nine frigates to Australia
Jun29

BAE Systems was selected as preferred tenderer to supply nine frigates to Australia

The Australian government has selected BAE Systems as “the preferred tenderer” for the SEA 5000 program to deliver nine Future Frigates to the Royal Australian Navy. The construction of the Global Combat Ship – Australia is expected to create and sustain 5,000 highly skilled jobs in Australia. The contract will also aid in the development of country’s naval shipbuilding...

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Indigenous entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas at Lockheed Martin Canada’s IMPACT Centre
Mar27

Indigenous entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas at Lockheed Martin Canada’s IMPACT Centre

On March 28, Indigenous entrepreneurs of six start-ups and small businesses from New Brunswick will faceoff in a business pitch competition at Lockheed Martin Canada’s IMPACT Centre. The program is organized by the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), to promote economic and workforce development for Indigenous people in the eastern province. This competition comes at the end of a...

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Canada’s Northern people deserve better Arctic SAR capabilities
Mar16

Canada’s Northern people deserve better Arctic SAR capabilities

The Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans met last month to study maritime search and rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities. Colonel (Retired) Pierre LeBlanc, President, Arctic Security Consultants, addressed the committee a witness on the matter of search and rescue in the Arctic: The Canadian Arctic is actually larger than the whole of continental Europe....

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Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018 in pics and tweets
Mar14

Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018 in pics and tweets

Over 150 members from military, government and industry, gathered for the fifth Shipbuilding Technology Forum on March 1 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The Shipbuilding Technology Forum is a one-day conference that is produced by Vanguard with the aim to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues and ship repair. This event facilitates meaningful...

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Experts paint innovation and emerging technologies picture at Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018
Mar06

Experts paint innovation and emerging technologies picture at Shipbuilding Tech Forum 2018

As a maritime country with a coastline extending for over 200,000 kilometres and encircled by waters on three sides, Canada has a vested stake in ships. These vessels play an important role, not only in maintaining sovereignty, but search and rescue efforts, surveillance, seaborne transportation and logistics. For ships to continue performing such an indispensable role, technology must be...

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Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk
Feb28

Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

By Richard Shimooka Over the past decade, major Canadian procurement projects have encountered increasing difficulties, ranging from multi-million dollar cost overruns, decades-long delays, and lackluster capabilities. Military programs, partly due to their large capital outlays, are particularly vulnerable (albeit, by no means unique, as the Phoenix pay system debacle illustrates). Potential causes for these issues include the increasing technical...

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