Newfoundland & Labrador A&D Industry Soars
BY NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
© 2010 FrontLine Defence (Vol 7, No 2)

With a wealth of R&D capabilities, an ideal location and modern infrastructure, many of the world’s largest Aerospace and Defence players are taking advantage of what Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer. EADS, Boeing, Bombardier and General Dynamics are just a few of the international companies who are collaborating with provincial partners in the A&D industry.

Memorial University, the largest university on Canada’s east coast, is recognized internationally for its educational and R&D facilities, many of which are making major contributions to A&D. Industry leading test and simulation facilities found at Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Marine Institute and Centre for Cold Ocean Resource Engineering (C-CORE) are in demand from global A&D leaders.
 
Newfoundland and Labrador’s strategic location as a gateway between North America, Europe and the Arctic also contributes to the success of the A&D industry. This, coupled with comprehensive transportation infrastructure, makes the province readily accessible by sea and air; several deepwater ports provide year-round accessibility, while seven airports (four international) provide dependable international air access. Of particular note is 5 Wing Goose Bay. This state of the art military facility offers 130,000 km² of air training space – ideal for experimentation, training and deployment activities.
 
The province is also home to numerous educational and skills training facilities, providing the industry with a capable and experienced workforce. Programs in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology and Aircraft Structural Repair, as well as private and commercial pilot training, supply graduates that are in demand around the world.
 
These core strengths have lead to an impressive list of A&D successes in Newfoundland and Labrador. For example, locally owned Provincial Aerospace ­Limited (PAL) is working with the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates to supply highly specialized maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs). The project involves the design, modification and integration of aircraft, as well as training and logistics support, which will reinforce the UAE’s air surveillance and intervention capabilities.
 
Newfoundland and Labrador’s other A&D highlights include UVS testing and development by companies such as PAL and International Submarine Engineering Ltd, innovative ISR product development from General Dynamics and Marport C-Tech Ltd., and world-class UAV testing by EADS, to name just a few.
 
With knowledge, assets and expertise, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aerospace and Defence sector is gaining momentum and soaring to new heights.

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© FrontLine Defence 2010

 

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