Industry & Innovation
Mar 15, 2013

The following companies have been selected for FRONTLINE'S INNOVATION section this month: Cassidian Optronics, DRS, Eurofighter Typhoon, General Dynamics Canada, General Dynamics Land Systems, L-3 MAPPS, Millennium Space Systems, NovAtel, Raytheon Canada, Rheinmetall Canada, Textron Simulation & Training.

Eurofighter Typhoon after 20 years

Europe’s biggest defence programme marks a 20 year anniversary as it celebrates the first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon when DA1 (Development Aircraft 1) was flown on 27 March 1994 by Test Pilot Peter Weger. Since then, more 400 copies have been delivered and six international customers operate the aircraft (a seventh has signed up). The Eurofighter programme combines expertise from four countries: Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain and the aircraft are built at assembly plants in all four countries. In a press release, Eurofighter CEO Alberto Gutierrez said this aircraft “established the foundation of today’s defence industry in Europe through unprecedented co-operation and a determined focus to build and deliver a world-class product.” The Spanish-born CEO added: “The Eurofighter Typhoon that Peter Weger first flew 20 years ago is very different to the one that flies today.” Currently operational in the air forces of Germany, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Austria and Saudi Arabia. Oman has recently signed up.
To date, more than 225,000 flying hours have been accumulated, including active service in Libya and Baltic patrols.
New Army Vehicle Optronics

High-performance optronics increases the performance and safety of crews on military missions. Cassidian Optronics, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, has received a €40 million+ order from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, for the supply of vision equipment. The optical and optronic equipment will be integrated into Leopard 2 A7+ battle tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers operated by customers in the Middle East. Some of the equipment supplied for the battle tanks includes, PERI RTWL (all round view, day, heat, laser) commander’s periscope, sensors for the gunner’s sight, and a FERO Z18 auxiliary sighting telescope. For indirect targeting, if the gun laying sensors fail, the R19 panoramic periscope with 4x magnification is supplied. All vehicles are equipped with the Spectus driver’s vision device. The stabilized commander’s periscope contains the Attica thermal imaging unit, a daylight camera, and an eye-safe laser range-finder. Periscope data can be sent to the battle tank’s EMES 15 fire control system. Working with the fire control system, these sensors ensure very precise targeting and a high probability of the first shot hitting the target.

Millennium Space Systems

To accommodate its satellite engineering, manufacturing and mission operations activities, Millennium Space Systems opened a new 70,000 square-foot facility. Strategically located adjacent to LA Air Force Base and the Aerospace Corporation, and less than two miles from LAX, space vehicles and satellite components will be produced at the new factory which was built to accommodate the design, engineering and production of more than 40 satellites simultaneously. Assembly, integration, and test areas are located in the same building, all within eye contact of the engineering research and development area, promoting efficient communications and rapid development cycles. Vertical integration will allow the company to better control costs, schedule and quality, while avoiding the pitfalls of a ­rapidly dwindling aerospace supply chain. “When we find a supplier or partner that has excellent products at good prices, we will buy. But when we see a gap in the marketplace, we are not afraid to make the necessary investments, and the new factory gives us plenty of space in which to do it,” explains Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Vice President of Product Development.

North Warning System Project Benefits

The Government of Canada awarded a contract to Raytheon Canada Limited, for the operation and maintenance of the North Warning System. According to a Public Works release, Raytheon’s projected jobs and growth for the Inuit people well exceeded the 13% requirement set out in the Request for Proposals. This five-year contract saves Canadian taxpayers approximately $13.8 million per year over the previous contract.
The North Warning System is comprised of 47 unmanned long- and short-range radar stations along the Arctic coast from Alaska to Labrador. The contract takes effect on 1 April 2014. Raytheon Canada will provide Inuit Benefits under three Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements that were strengthened and improved to provide Inuit Benefits equal to at least 13% of the value of the fixed price portion of the contract. The previous contract was to achieve 10% for both the fixed price and additional work. New mandatories required a minimum of 20% of the salaries of the contractor’s workforce to be for Inuit beneficiaries. At least three of these are to be in a full-time supervisory or management position (or trainee for the position), which was not mandatory in the previous contract. The company must hold at least one annual conference intended to train Inuit beneficiaries and subcontractors to properly and effectively bid for government- and contractor-issued projects. This was not mandatory in the previous contact.
To build upon the social and economic benefits of the previous contract, a number of structured and constructive engagements were undertaken with Inuit Land Claim Authorities under the affected Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements. These included consultations with: Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit Final Agreement; Labrador Inuit Development Corporation, representing the Nunatsiavut Agreement; and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., representing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. The North Warning System is used to ensure Canadian sovereignty in the North, and to support North American air surveillance and air defence operations under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) agreement. This is done by gathering information about any airborne activity within the radar coverage area, and is remotely monitored and controlled by the Canadian Air Defence Sector, located at CFB North Bay, Ontario.

TRU combines aviation simulation and training

Textron Simulation & Training Systems, has launched a new company. TRU Simulation + Training Inc. was formed out of three legacy companies – Mechtronix Inc. (in Montreal, Quebec), and OPINICUS Corporation (in Lutz, Florida), that were acquired by Textron late last year, and a portion of AAI Logistics & Technical Services, an operating unit of Textron Systems (in Goose Creek, South Carolina). According to a press release, the new company, headquartered in South Carolina, will serve the commercial and military markets, “providing the superior technical support and customer service its constituent parts were known for,” backed by the power of Textron. The total annual revenue for the new business is expected to exceed $100 million.

Designing the Integrated Platform Management System for AOPS

L-3 MAPPS has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada (a Tier 1 supplier to Prime Contractor Irving Shipbuilding) to support the design activity of the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). The L-3 MAPPS IPMS provides comprehensive monitoring and control of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, ancillary, auxiliary and damage control machinery systems.“ Further to our ongoing successful implementation of the Halifax-class frigates IPMS upgrade, we are very pleased to be selected for this new and very important Royal Canadian Navy project,” said Rangesh Kasturi, vice president of marketing & sales for L-3 MAPPS. “Together with the RCN, we pioneered the concept of the IPMS 30 years ago and became a global leader with this Canadian technology. Today, we look forward to designing the next generation of innovative IPMS subsystems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s newest class of ships.” The L-3 MAPPS IPMS provides comprehensive monitoring and control of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, ancillary, auxiliary and damage control machinery systems. With advanced functionality, such as the Battle Damage Control System, Onboard Team Training System, Equipment Health Monitoring System and CCTV, as well as integration with the ship’s combat management and navigation systems, the IPMS allows the crew to safely and effectively operate the ship for all mission requirements. L-3 MAPPS’ technology is used by 20 navies worldwide and is installed on most of the RCN’s major warships and submarines. The first Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.
Canadian Army to Test NovAtel’s Anti-Jam Antenna through the Build in Canada Innovation Program

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected NovAtel’s GAJT-700ML antenna for testing on ­Canadian Army armored vehicles. The GAJT-700ML, developed in Calgary at NovAtel’s global headquarters, is the world’s first single-unit GPS anti-jam antenna system for land vehicles. The testing is being conducted through PWGSC’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). NovAtel was selected to participate under the BCIP’s “safety and security” priority area. The Directorate of Land Require­ments (DLR), with the assistance of the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE) and the Land Force Trials and Evaluation Unit (LFTEU), will oversee all testing on the Defence Department’s behalf.
Field testing began in early March at 4th Canadian Division Support Garrison in Petawawa to analyze the performance of GAJT on the Artillery Observation Post Variants (OPV) of the Light Armored Vehicle III (LAV III) in operational conditions to confirm its suitability and robustness for a battlefield role. Jason Hamilton, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management stated, “NovAtel has worked closely with Canadian and Allied defence agencies to test the resilience of the GAJT-700ML in challenging jamming environments. The BCIP program provides an opportunity to expand this testing to incorporate end user soldier feedback on the installation and operational effectiveness of GAJT during battlefield usage of the LAV OPV. This invaluable feedback will be used by NovAtel to further drive product innovation in support of Canada and its Allied partners.”
Colonel Andrew Jayne, Director Land Requirements said, “The Canadian Army requires accurate, secure and reliable access to Global Positioning Systems to conduct operations throughout the full spectrum of conflict in all potential theatres of operation. With the ever-increasing demands on the electromagnetic spectrum and threat of harmful interference, technologies which contribute to the assurance of position and timing information are a critical enabler of Army and Canadian Armed Forces operations in today and tomorrow's operating environment.”

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