Who's Where / Industry News
© 2015 FrontLine Defence (Vol 12, No 5)

Who’s where?

Jerry McLean Derek Gilmour David Jurkowski Sherry Colville John Richardson
Peter Studer  Sonia Higgins

In January, Jerry McLean took on the responsibilities of VP Managing Director at Thales Canada.

Recently retired Navy Captain Marcel Lauzier has joined the Thales Canada team as CSC Capture Leader.

After leaving ­Bombardier early in 2014, Derek Gilmour was selected as the first President of ­Marshall Aerospace Canada.

David Jurkowski (also from ­Bomb­ardier), ­followed his lead, accepting the position of Vice President Government & Industry ­Relations at Marshall.

Sherry Colville, former Director of Strategy at L-3 Electronics in Toronto, has moved to Ottawa with Lockheed Martin Canada, Mission ­Systems and Training, as International Programs Director.

Bob Hastings left a position in Government in Ottawa and moved west as President & CEO of West Canitest R&D.

Allen Dillon is now President & CEO at Sentrant.

Recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, Gervais Therrien is now Regional VP of Sales & Operations, Eastern Canada at Decisive IT Infrastructure.

U.S. Admiral John Richardson took the helm of the USN from former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert on 18 September.

Laurie Delaney-Barry has moved from DRS Technologies Canada to ­Babcock Canada as their Offset Manager.

Peter Studer has left QinetiQ and is back as an associate consultant at CFN Consultants.

Roger Egan, formerly with xwave among others, is now the Senior Customer Engagement Executive for the Learning Hub at SAP.

Sonia Higgins has accepted an offer to serve as Executive Director at Unmanned Systems Canada. She takes over from Robert Kendall.

Industry News
Airbus Defence and Space has completed a 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East. It is now optimally located to provide protected and secure military satellite communications services to allied governments in the Asia-Pacific region. The relocation will extend coverage and services from 178 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region. With the move now complete, the Skynet network now offers near-global military X-band and UHF coverage, expanding core service reach for the UK military and augmenting coalition capabilities in the region.

The US Air Force will begin updating its C-130 transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade after awarding a $36 million contract. Deliveries to begin in Dec. 2015 and will introduce engine improvements into USAF and US Air National Guard C-130s. The upgrade kits are already demonstrating success, with fuel savings exceeding 12%.

The U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite launched on 2 Sept 2015 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A Lockheed Martin-led initialization team, stationed at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California, is operating the satellite from its transfer orbit to its test slot. This latest addition is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces.

The President of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, His Highness Dr. Turki bin Saud Mohamed Al Saud, and Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister, signed a cooperation agreement with Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS. The agreement aims to foster the development of a Research and Development centre in Saudi Arabia dedicated to the naval and maritime domain.

The 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit (Nov 17-18) hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), will be at the Shaw Centre this year. The 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit includes a Conference Program; a B2B & Trade Show matchmaking program connecting prime contractors with potential suppliers; the Aerospace Leadership Luncheon; and its Annual Reception and Dinner.

Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000 tonne barge named the Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s North Vancouver Barge Maintenance Terminal in September. The additional barges increase Seaspan’s ability to handle specialty and project cargo and prepare the company to meet the needs of both its current customers, as well as those in the LNG business.

Babcock Canada has been awarded a $1.6 million contract for the replacement of High Frequency (HF) Monitor Receiver Systems at select DND facilities. The work to be performed consists of the replacement of legacy HF Monitor Receiver systems at six DND stations and two support facilities across Canada. These receiver systems are in place to guard and monitor various key HF frequencies that are used for aircraft radio communications, namely in support of search and rescue operations, arctic patrol and global transport flights. In addition to equipment modernization, Babcock Canada will also deliver associated console operator and technician training for the new systems. The contract is scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2016.

BAE Systems has signed an agreement with MBDA to support marketing efforts for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket.

Irving Shipbuilding has awarded an implementation subcontract to L-3 MAPPS for the supply of the integrated platform management system for the RCN’s new class of arctic/offshore patrol ships (AOPS). L-3 MAPPS will be responsible for completing the design work carried out during the earlier project definition phase.

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