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Jul 15, 2015

Defence industry executives on the move

Francis Bleeker Ray Bourret Denny Roberts David Perry Don McClure
Sherry Colville   Wendy Allerton

After nearly 13 yrs at Colt Canada, which manufactures the C7 suite of assault weapons for the Canadian Armed Forces, Francis Bleeker has accepted a new position at Caracal International in the UAE. While representing Canada’s Small Arms Centre of Excellence Bleeker was responsible for its international sales, marketing and offsets. Bleeker also chaired the International Committee of CADSI and was a member of its Government Relations Committee. His new position will kick off in early September.

After nearly almost 6 years at CAE in Ottawa, Ray Bourret left to take on the responsibilities of VP Business Development at ADGA Group’s shiny new office space on Argyle Avenue.

After 10 years at NATO Public Affairs in Brussels, Tony White has returned to Canada as Vice President Marketing and Communications at ADGA Group.

Former fighter pilot-turned radar expert, Denny Roberts has retired from Raytheon Canada after 13 years. No word on his replacement yet.

At the beginning of the summer, the Canadian Defence and ­Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI), rebranded as the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and David Perry is the Senior ­Analyst at CGAI.

After 8 years at Lockheed Martin Canada as Vice President, Business Development and Government Relations, Don McClure will be retiring at the end of October. Transitioning in as Director of Business Development role is Lorraine Ben ­(formerly of IBM).

Lockheed’s Glenn Copeland left his Halifax office for Ottawa as Senior Manager of Business Development, to focus on international sales.

Sherry Colville, formerly Director of Strategy at L-3 Electronics in Toronto, is another new hire at Lockheed Martin for International Sales.

Michael Barton, long time ­manager of communications at Lockheed Martin, has departed. No word yet on his replacement.

Dave Coffey retired from the RCN and has joined Babcock.

Earlier this year, after leaving Babcock recently, Michael Babec joined the newly formed L-3 Canada Marine Systems group, L-3 CMS. He reports to Wendy Allerton who was selected earlier this year as Director of the newly formed L-3 CMS. Wendy is double-hatting, as she is still with L-3 MAPPS.

Dr. Gordon Fleming has departed Babcock and set up a new Consultancy (Fleming-Hope Strategies Inc) to support a range of Defence, Government and Commercial clients.

Brett Johnson, who also left Babcock, is now providing consulting services for key client Thales Canada.

Murray Johnston has left ­Babcock to join Lockheed Martin in a senior role working on ­contracts and proposals.

Peter Patterson, formerly of Emcon Emanation Control, is consulting and also Chairs the Exhibitors Committee for the IEEE EMC/EMI Conference in March 2016.

Industry News

Meggitt Training Systems of Quebec has been awarded a $25 million, three-year contract from on behalf of DND, to ­provide in-service support to the Canadian Armed Forces for Meggitt’s Small Arms Trainer (SAT) and Indirect Fire Trainer (IFT). The contract includes operator and maintenance support for related training activities, and onsite support for health, usage and equipment monitoring at major bases across Canada. The Meggitt SAT simulator system supports individual and group training across the spectrum of military, paramilitary and security operations.

Delivery of the first two of four EC725 helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force was completed in August, and Airbus Defence and Space will deliver the other two next year. The fleet will be used for both national and combat search & rescue flights, and troop transport missions. The EC725 is an 11-ton twin-engine helicopter with seating for 28 persons. It features high-performance navigation and mission systems – including a unique digital four-axis autopilot.

Social Media has become an invaluable strategic resource for the Defence and Military community. Do benefits compensate potential risk to national security? Can an innocent post endanger lives by revealing location and movement of troops? What happens when the correct code of conduct is not adhered to by a soldier or army civilian? Should the public’s civil liberties be sacrificed for the sake of protection? This debate will place at SMi’s conference on Social Media within the Defence and Military Sector on 19-20 November in Central London.

BMT Fleet Technology Limited (BMT) has announced that it will provide Integrated Logistics Support and specialist advice for Revision Military’s $20M multi-year contract with ­General Dynamics Land ­Systems-Canada. Revision will provide the capability to silently power the on-board sensor suites of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) 6.0 Reconnaissance vehicles.  

The U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability at the end of July with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs now ready for world-wide deployment. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant, following a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which concluded July 17. The Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce propulsion team supported the Joint Program Office and Marines from the initial design of the propulsion system, to several successful ship trials, and through hundreds of ­vertical landings in between.

Airbus Defence and Space received two contracts worth approximately €130m from Australia’s new Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group to equip and support nine military and civil/military Australian airfields with the world’s newest and most ­powerful airport surveillance sensors. Under the project, nine complete and one training system of next generation ­airport surveillance radars (ASR-NG) will be delivered by the end of 2020.

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