Top Defence Capability Leaders 2020
Leonardo DRS Canada

© 2020 FrontLine Defence (Vol 17, No 1)

Leonardo DRS Canada designs, manufactures and supports a broad range of military communications and networks, electro-optics, infrared search and track (IRST), deployable flight recorders and power conversion equipment. The company also provides turnkey state-of-the-art electronics manufacturing, integration and test services for various aerospace, defence and space applications.

As the original equipment manufacturer for SHINCOM, a modern integrated voice communications system, Leonardo DRS Canada has been setting a world standard for secure naval communications. Designed and produced in Canada, SHINCOM is installed on Canada’s Halifax Class Frigates and will also be implemented on the new Joint Support Ship. In all, DRS Canada has installed these communications systems on more than 150 major surface combatants world-wide.

Leonardo DRS Canada employs approximately 325 people at its Kanata, Ontario facility and an additional 75 people at its Pivotal Power Inc. site in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Pivotal Power designs and manufactures full MIL-SPEC qualified power conversion equipment including uninterruptible power supplies, power conditioners, rectifiers, power converters, and battery chargers for military shipboard, vehicle and air force applications. The company also provides engineering design, testing, and build-to-print services for electrical power systems and components.

Search and Rescue
Building upon earlier generations of highly advanced deployable flight recorder technology – originally developed by the National Research Council of Canada and brought to market by Leonardo DRS Canada – the company was awarded a significant contract from L3/Harris to design and manufacture an Automatic Deployable Flight Recorder (ADFR) solution for Airbus. This deployable cockpit voice/ flight data recorder with an integrated emergency locator transmitter is revolutionary technology that will ensure the timely detection and location of a downed aircraft. 

Manufacturing Success
Leonardo DRS’s domestic and international success has helped sustain a local manufacturing and in-service support enterprise. Leveraging its advanced manufacturing capabilities in Ottawa and Halifax, it is one of the few companies in Canada that is certified to produce Space qualified hardware.

Leonardo DRS Canada has a long history of supporting the RCN with its naval communication system, infrared search and track sensor, and back-up power products. “Leonardo DRS is proud of its 35 year partnership with the Royal Canadian Navy and looks forward to continuing it through our power conversion, contract manufacturing, and product life cycle management services,” says Martin Munro, vice president and general manager.

Contact Info:

Leonardo DRS Canada
1100 - 500 Palladium Drive, Kanata ON,  K2V 1C2
Contact: Martin Munro, Vice President and General Manager
Tel: +1-613-895-6522