Top Defence Capability Leaders 2019
Airbus Defence & Space

May 17, 2019

Visitors are encouraged to stop by CANSEC booth #401 (29-30 May 2019) to speak with Airbus representatives.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018, it generated revenues of $96 billion CAD and employed a workforce of around 134,000 around the world – including more than 3,000 Canadian employees across 10 locations in 7 Canadian cities.

From its first helicopter manufacturing facility in 1984 to production of the A220 series of single-aisle jetliners today, Airbus has built a lasting presence in Canada. Its industrial activity here spans commercial jet aircraft, rotorcraft, defence and space sectors.

An established supplier to the Canadian Government, Airbus Defence and Space Canada puts a strong focus on three core business sectors: Military Aircraft; Unmanned Aerial Systems; and Space Systems (which also includes Com­munications, Intelligence and Security, and Cybersecurity).

With more than 35 years on Canadian soil and employees coast-to-coast, the Airbus presence in Canada will, no doubt, continue to grow.

Military and SAR Aircraft
Airbus develops and engineers fixed-wing military aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, and cutting-edge technologies for the most challenging missions such as combat, search and rescue, transport, ISR, and air-to-air refuelling. Together, the A400M, C295, A330 multi-role transport and tanker (MRTT), the Typhoon, and the Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) make up a world-class family of products operated by air forces worldwide.

Delivering Canada’s Fixed-Wing SAR aircraft and preparing to bid for Fighter Replacement projects are high priorities at Airbus these days.
A few years ago, Airbus teamed with PAL Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, and L-3 WESCAM, to provide the fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft for Canada, and they won the contract in 2016 to deliver 16 C295W aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Delivery of the first unit is scheduled for the end of 2019. This contract includes support systems, such as a training centre, initial spare parts, tools, support and test equipment, five years of maintenance and support for the aircraft. Together with PAL Aerospace, Airbus established a joint-venture, called AirPro, to provide in-service support throughout the life of the C295W fleet.

According to Airbus Canada President, Simon Jacques, the company is “solidly on-track” in providing the required level of high value work to Canadian industry. The FWSAR program is supporting approximately $2.5 billion in Industrial and Technological Benefits to Canada, through high-value, long-term partnerships with Canadian industry.

As for the Fighter Replacement program, Airbus was selected in February 2018 as an eligible supplier in the competition for permanent replacement of Canada’s fighter jet fleet. The Airbus contender, known as the Typhoon, is the proven choice of Canada’s global allies thanks to its reliability and continuous ability to evolve for future needs. It has already been selected by nine nations and is considered the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft with demonstrated reliability in severe climates across the globe.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Another key focus for Airbus is on UAS solutions for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and combat. Its cutting edge technology includes a long-endurance aerial drone system designed for surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition, as well as a solar-electric, stratospheric UAV called the Zephyr. The High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Zephyr can fly for months at a time and provide
persistent coverage while operating covertly – combining the wide area coverage of a satellite with the flexibility of a UAV.

Space Systems
In the commercial, civil and defence space sectors, Airbus’ capabilities include: satellites; payloads and instruments; and ground segment systems. They also specialize in satellite systems and end-to-end solutions for Earth observation (radar and optical) and surveillance, navigation, meteorology, and science.

Airbus’ military communications accomplishments include providing military satellite communication terminal equipment and secure communications services to the Canadian Armed Forces. Airbus also delivers Earth-observation data and services to government, military and commercial users across Canada. The Government of Canada has a National Master Standing Offer with Airbus to facilitate the purchase of its commercial satellite imagery products and data. Earth-observation data from Airbus is collected using a constellation of company-built state-of-the-art optical and radar satellites.

Communications, Intelligence and Security
Airbus’ expertise includes cutting-edge CIS technologies for the defence, security, public safety and commercial sectors. Airbus provides cybersecurity consulting, monitoring and managed services, digital communications security and encryption technology, and the Stormshield family of products for network and data security.

Contact Info

530-360 Albert Street, Ottawa ON, K1R 7X7
Contact: Simon Jacques, President
Tel: +1-613-230-3902