Jan 15, 2008

Lockheed Martin Announces IRB Commitments
January 2008 – Lockheed Martin has announced initial contract commitments in Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic and Western regions of Canada. These commitments are a result of the industrial benefit obligations arising from the government’s purchase of 17 C130J Super Hercules aircraft. Four regional announcements will comprise 60% of the IRB obligations under the contract. Lockheed Martin will continue to work with Industry Canada and Regional Develop­ment Agencies to identify Canadian capabilities for the remaining 40%.

This is a “tremendous opportunity… to work together to enhance the capabilities and expertise of Canadian industry,” said Ross Reynolds, Lockheed Martin vice president of C130 programs. “Lockheed Martin has worked with more than 300 Canadian companies across all regions providing them with contracts worth more than $266 million USD in the last two years alone, outside industrial benefit obligations.”

The C-130J project is part of the government’s “Canada First” procurements to revitalize Canada’s defence capabilities. According to the Govern­ment of Canada, many more projects are to come, each with a guaranteed 100% return on investment. Given the extensive capacity of Canadian industry, businesses from all regions of Canada are expected to benefit.

Western Canada: $185 million. Some of the companies include:

  • L-3 SPAR, QUEO Systems Ltd., Standard Aero

Ontario: $175 million in contract commits. Some of the companies  include:

  • Cyclone Manufacturing, EMS Tech­nolo­gies, L-3 WESCAM, Hispano Suiza Canada, Honeywell ASCa, Noranco Manufacturing, Telesat Canada 

Quebec: $241 million in contract commits. Some of the companies  include:

  • Avro Tools; CAE, CEL Aerospace, Heroux Devtek, Rolls-Royce Canada 

 Atlantic Canada: at least $242 million. Some of the companies include:

  • IMP Aerospace, Northstar Network.

General Dynamics Canada Gets CMMI Level 5 Rating
January 2008 – General Dynamics Canada announced that it has achieved Capability Maturity Model® Integration (CMMI®) Level 5, the highest rating available from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The announcement follows rigorous inde­pendent evaluation of the company’s Ottawa and Calgary operations. As a result, General Dynamics Canada joins a select group of companies worldwide to achieve this significant business capability.

CMMI is a recognized international business improvement model that provides organizations with a framework to establish, practice and maintain project management and engineering processes. CMMI Level 5 acknowledges an orga­nization’s enhanced ability to leverage measurement and continuous improvement to better manage business and more effectively respond to customer needs by developing and delivering high-performance, low-risk products and services. These business principles mirror General Dynamics Canada’s approach and world-class discipline, infrastructure and ability to successfully manage and execute large scale and technically complex programs.
“General Dynamics Canada has an established pedigree of leveraging Canadian engineering excellence and pioneering technical and business leadership in Canada and abroad,” said President John Watts. “Achieving CMMI Level 5 ensures that our customers and partners will continue to benefit from best of breed processes to help meet their business and program objectives.”

The SEI, which manages the CMMI appraisal process, is a funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defence and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. Appraisals were completed by a certified high-maturity lead appraiser from Alcyonix, an official SEI partner organization.

With an established Canadian presence of over 2,200 employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada is Canada’s largest defence electronics company.

Raytheon: Best Managed
December 2007 – In its 10th annual survey of the 400 Best Big Companies, Forbes  has named Raytheon Company as the Best Managed Company in the Aerospace & Defense industry.

Forbes highlights Raytheon management for improving the company’s financial performance, including a significant decline in debt, and notes the strong growth posted by Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems, Network Centric Systems and Missile Systems businesses. The rankings, and editorial coverage of Raytheon, appear on

In its methodology, Forbes states that its choice for best-managed companies in 26 industries, including Aerospace & Defense, is based on financial statistics as well as “management ability, innovation and leadership.”

Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of U$20.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, and a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
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