Meggitt Training Systems wins Middle East contract
Posted on May 2, 2020

Quebec-based Meggitt Training Systems has been awarded a $78 million contract to design and equip a sophisticated, multi-mission, indoor and outdoor training facility in a Middle Eastern country incorporating the latest virtual and live-fire equipment.

“As the global leader in virtual and live-fire small-arms training, Meggitt Training Systems is ideally suited to deliver this program for the benefit of our Middle Eastern customer and its forces,” said company president Jeff Murphy. “We are committed to delivering a world-class training experience across multiple domains and lifelike settings through the best solutions from Meggitt and our subcontractor partners.”

The training facility will include multiple indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, combat training centers, virtual simulators and physical mockups.

“Meggitt Training Systems is honored to be chosen to lead development of this crucial national training asset,” added Andrea Czop, vice president of strategy, sales and marketing. “This win validates our strategy of pairing our live-fire and virtual portfolio of products with a global presence supporting our customers in the Middle East and elsewhere. Meggitt’s enduring success in small-arms training is built on this unique combination of customer knowledge and expertise derived from decades of employee subject matter experts in military and law enforcement experience.”

The training facilities will include a mix of Meggitt’s Stationary Infantry Targets, Moving Infantry Targets, LOMAH (location of miss and hit) systems, Range Control Systems, Special Effects Battlefield Simulators, Training Information Management Systems, plus a variety of virtual reality special warfare simulators, overhead carriers, ballistic walls and bullet traps.

As the prime technology contractor, Meggitt will also assume responsibility for the integration of all training equipment from other suppliers.

Canadian Coast Guard uniform contact awarded
Posted on Mar 12, 2020

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded a long-term Managed Clothing Solution Contract (MCSC) to Unisync Group Limited (UGL), for the provision of uniforms and related accessories to the Canadian Coast Guard. This contract also includes management services including but not limited to uniform design, manufacturing, inventory management and warehousing, ordering, distribution and on-line web-based ordering and program data management services.

Initially estimated at $1.6 million per annum, the MCSC is for an initial term of three years with two two-year extension options.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helps ensure the security and prosperity of Canada through essential services to the marine community. Such services include waterways management, aids to navigation, search and rescue, environmental response, icebreaking (escort and flood control) and marine communications and traffic services. The CCG plays an important role in maritime security and provides and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet.

A Special Operating Agency under the umbrella of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard is a significant symbol of Canadian Sovereignty, especially in remote northern areas. The CCG carries out its responsibilities with a workforce of approximately 6,000 employees, including approximately 3,500 uniformed personnel who provide services at approximately 107 staffed shoreside locations, aboard 118 ships and 4 Air Cushion Vehicles, numerous smaller vessels and 22 Helicopters.

Unisync Group​ is a  North American enterprise with exceptional capabilities in garment design, domestic manufacturing, and off-shore outsourcing, including state-of-the-art web based B2B ordering, distribution, and program management systems. Unisync operates through two business units: UGL and Peerless Garments LP (“Peerless”).

Unisync Group​ provides full-service, managed apparel programs for major corporations and government-related entities through operations across Canada  from its head office in Mississauga, and has recently expanded into the US marketplace through the establishment of a 45,000 sq. ft. distribution and service facility in Henderson, Nevada, and a sales and service facility in Lakewood, New Jersey. The Nevada facility is now staffed and distributing new uniforms for the launch of its first major US based airline account which is currently rolling out its new designs to employees. UGL’s customer base includes a broad list of North American iconic brands as well as municipal and provincial agencies across Canada.             

Winnipeg based Peerless specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of highly technical protective garments, military operational clothing, and accessories for a broad spectrum of Federal, Provincial and Municipal government agencies in Canada.

Seaspan welcomes John Turner as VP Govt Relations
Posted on Jul 31, 2019

John Turner will join Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President, Government Relations on 19 August 2019.  He will be based out of Seaspan’s Ottawa office, which opened in May of this year, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Seaspan Shipyards relationships with the federal and B.C. provincial governments.

“It is important that we have a person of John’s experience and calibre based in Ottawa to facilitate and further strengthen our relationship, engagement and communication with our Federal Government customers,” said Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards.

Mr. Turner’s appointment follows changes to Seaspan’s senior leadership over the past 12 months, including appointments of Mark Lamarre as Chief Executive Officer, Jari Anttila as Chief Operating Officer, John McCarthy as Chief Program Officer and Tony Winter as Vice President, Project Delivery.

Mr. Turner joins Seaspan from Newfoundland and Labrador based PAL Aerospace where he has worked since April 2017, first in the role as Vice President Operations and more recently as Senior Vice President Business Development.

Turner says he is “thrilled to be joining Seaspan Shipyards at such an exciting time which includes the recent delivery of the first large vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the launch of the second Canadian Coast Guard Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel and the long-term commitment by the Government of Canada for Seaspan to build an additional 16 vessels for the Coast Guard.”

Prior to this positions at PAL Aerospace, Mr. Turner served as Associate Deputy Minister (February 2015 to March 2017) and Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (December 2012 to February 2015) at the Department of National Defence.

Mr. Turner holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Engineering Management from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Seaspan Shipyards is Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), and is building state-of-the-art ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.

Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries. With a dedicated workforce of 2,300 at its modern facilities in North Vancouver and Victoria, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Maiden flight of C295 SAR aircraft completed for Canada
Posted on Jul 8, 2019

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The first Airbus C295 purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has completed its maiden flight. This flight marks a key milestone towards delivery by the end of 2019 to begin operational testing by the RCAF. The aircraft, designated CC-295 for Canada, took off from Seville, Spain, on 4 July at 20:20 local time and landed back on site 1 hour and 27 minutes later.

The photo above shows the first RCAF C295 during its maiden flight.
The contract, awarded by the Government of Canada in December 2016, includes sixteen C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support (ISS) elements including training and engineering services, the construction of a new Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.
The aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
Considerable progress has been made since the FWSAR program was announced two and a half years ago: the first aircraft will now begin flight testing; another five aircraft are in various stages of assembly; and seven simulator and training devices are in various testing stages.
In addition, the first RCAF crews will begin training in late summer 2019 at Airbus’ International Training Centre in Seville, Spain.
The FWSAR program is supporting some $2.5 billion (CAD) in Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) to Canada, through high-value, long-term partnerships with Canadian industry.
As of January 2019, Canadian companies have performed 86% of tasks related to establishing the FWSAR ISS system in-country. Airbus is thus on track in providing high value work to Canadian industry and has demonstrated a successful start to the development and transfer of capability to Canadian enterprises for the support of the FWSAR aircraft.
Beyond direct program participation, Airbus is generating indirect business across Canadian military, aeronautical and space industry including Small and Medium Businesses in support of the ITB program.

For more information about the FWSAR program, click here.
To download footage and images of the first flight, click here.

Vol inaugural du premier C295 de l’Aviation royale canadienne

Le premier Airbus C295 commandé par l’Aviation royale canadienne (ARC) pour son programme d’aéronefs de recherche et sauvetage à voilure fixe (ARSVF) a complété son vol inaugural, franchissant ainsi une étape clé avant la livraison prévue à la fin 2019. L’avion, désigné sous le nom de CC-295 pour le client canadien, a décollé de Séville, en Espagne, le 4 juillet à 20:20 (GMT+1), avant d’atterrir au même site une heure et 27 minutes plus tard.

La photo montre le premier C295 de l’ARC en vol inaugural.
Le contrat, attribué en décembre 2016, inclut 16 aéronefs C295, des services d’ingénierie et de formation complets, la construction d’un nouveau centre de formation à Comox (Colombie-Britannique), ainsi que des services de maintenance et de soutien.
Les avions seront basés aux différents emplacements où se situent actuellement les escadrons de recherche et sauvetage : Comox, en Colombie-Britannique, Winnipeg, au Manitoba, Trenton, en Ontario et Greenwood, en Nouvelle-Écosse.
Le programme connait un progrès considérable depuis son annonce il y a deux ans et demi : un premier avion débutera des essais en vol, cinq autres sont présentement à divers stades d’assemblage, puis sept simulateurs et dispositifs d’entrainement sont à différentes phases d’essais.
Les premiers équipages de l’ARC débuteront leurs séances d’entraînement dans les semaines à venir au centre de formation international d’Airbus à Séville, en Espagne.
Au Canada, le programme d’ARSVF entraîne des retombées industrielles et technologiques (RIT) se chiffrant à quelque 2,5 milliards de dollars, grâce à des partenariats durables et de grande valeur avec des entreprises issues de l’industrie canadienne.
En janvier 2019, 86 % des principales activités de soutien en service canadien (SES) avaient été effectuées au Canada par des entreprises canadiennes, dans le cadre de l'établissement du système SES ARSVF. Airbus est donc engagée à fournir du travail de grande valeur à l'industrie canadienne, ce qu’elle a démontré par le développement et le transfert rapides et réussis de capacités aux entreprises canadiennes pour le soutien des avions de recherche et sauvetage à voilure fixe.
Au-delà de sa participation directe au programme, Airbus supporte des activités indirectes dans l'ensemble des industries aéronautique et spatiale militaires canadiennes, y compris au sein de petites et moyennes entreprises, à l'appui du programme RIT.
Pour plus de renseignements sur le programme d’ARSVF, cliquez ici
Pour télécharger des vidéos et des images du premier vol, cliquez ici

UTC aerospace div. and Raytheon merge
Posted on Jun 10, 2019
Airbus celebrates delivery of 12,000th aircraft
Posted on May 20, 2019

Mirabel, Québec – Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft ever in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
This is the 12th A220 delivered to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February 2019. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the aircraft and, with a firm order for 90 planes, is the largest A220 customer so far.
This milestone delivery of a Canadian-made Airbus aircraft to a U.S.-based airline highlights the growing presence of Airbus in North America. Leadership of the A220 programme by Airbus became effective on July 1st 2018, and construction of a second A220 final assembly line, in Mobile, Alabama, began in January 2019 and is expected to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, back in 1974. Fast forward to 2010, Airbus handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36 years after its first. The pace continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double that number, reaching today’s 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery, on May 20, 2019.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Cleeve Technology Incorporated
Posted on May 17, 2019

Cleeve Technology specializes in the manufacturing and supply of electrical interconnect for the aerospace and defence industries. With a passion for innovation, this Canadian SME offers the kind of in-house capabilities, qualifications and accreditations necessary to support customers’ needs for the most demanding environments.

Established in 1999, Cleeve initially focused on supplying electrical interconnect components and materials to the aerospace and defence sectors, but soon transitioned to providing complete wired and tested assemblies and systems from its Canadian operating companies located at multiple sites in Canada as well as its facilities in the UK.

Success in the aerospace landing gear sector with dressings and electrical design allowed Cleeve to become “risk-sharing partners” where they now invest in design, engineering and testing to validate electrical connectivity systems.

The Government’s new defence policy “Strong, Secure, Engaged” represents a new vision and approach to defence, and Cleeve President Paul Church says the company “can offer huge potential for IRB obligors.”

Over the past 20 years, Cleeve has developed a strong presence in the defence industry on just about all platforms that move – ships, tanks or aircraft – and on any of the systems that are used on them. Cleeve has been selected by major defence OEMs as a supply partner for a wide range of products and services in support of large DND projects. Their products also work on commercial or industrial platforms, although with different performance requirements.

From weapon systems to communications systems, to radar and data acquisition systems, right down to basic electrical supply – they all need wire and cable to connect it all together, and this “interconnect’ is where Cleeve Technology shines. Looking at a modern war ship such as the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) that will soon be under construction in Halifax, we find that miles and miles of cables are required to connect everything together. While fiber optics and multiplexing and wireless options are being used extensively, the need for amps and volts requires copper wire and connectors. Then there is the power required to drive the engines and related systems – the really BIG cables – and even the cable needed to connect degaussing systems.

Degaussing Systems
To explain “degaussing” in simple terms, think of a steel-hulled ship as a huge floating magnet with a large magnetic field surrounding it. As it moves through the water, this field adds to or subtracts from the Earth’s magnetic field. Those distortions can be detected by magnetic-sensitive ordnance or other devices. A degaussing system will reduce the ship’s effect on the Earth’s magnetic field by controlling the electric current flowing through degaussing coils wound in specific locations within the hull. This, in turn, reduces the possibility of detection – a critical protection mechanism.

There are several different types of degaussing systems used by the navies of today. The basic differences between them can be characterized as to what type of power supply they use, and what type of control circuitry they use. For example, some units use silicon-controlled rectifier solid-state power supplies while other systems use motor generator sets or a mixture of the two.  

To find out more about degaussing or Cleeve’s various products, services or capabilities, contact a Cleeve representative.

Contact Info

716 Colonel Sam Drive, Oshawa ON, L1H 7Y2
Contact: Paul Church, President
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Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Canada retires
Posted on Apr 17, 2019


Earlier today, Charles Bouchard surprised many in the industry by announcing his decision to retire as Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada effective on 30 April 2019.

Serving in this role for nearly six years, following a 37 year career in the RCAF, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Bouchard was the first to hold the role of Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Canada and has been instrumental in expanding Lockheed Martin’s business growth in Canada during his tenure.  Lorraine Ben will serve as Interim Chief Executive.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving Lockheed Martin Canada and Lockheed Martin Corporation and while the time has come for me to retire," says Bouchard. "I will remain an ardent supporter and advocate of the work Lockheed Martin does to deliver the best equipment to today’s modern warfighter, the F-35 being a primary example.”

Charles Bouchard retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2012 at the rank of Lieutenant-General. His many military career highlights include serving as Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region, as Deputy Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and as Deputy Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. On 25 March 2011, Bouchard was named Commander of the NATO military mission in Libya. He joined Lockheed Martin Canada in September 2013.  

Lorraine Ben, VP responsible for Strategic Initiatives and International Programs, will take over as Interim CE until a permanent replacement can be named.

tkMS Group wins Brazilian Navy corvette contract
Posted on Mar 31, 2019

The Brazillian Navy announced that the Águas Azuis Consortium (thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security, and Atech) has been selected as the preferrred bidder for the construction of four defense ships in Brazil’s Tamandaré Corvettes Class Program (CCT). The announcement on March 28th represents a new milestone for the country's maritime defense and naval industry.

With thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ leadership and its naval systems expertise, the Águas Azuis Consortium companies will now form an SPC (Specific Purpose Company) for the implementation phase of the program. Based on a long-term relationship and strong presence in Brazil, these companies and their subsidiaries have built a solid national partnership with proven capability to retain technology and ensure its development – not only for the CCT Program, but also for future strategic defense projects in the country.

"Being part of the CCT Program reinforces our leadership position and the proven technologies we have offered to the naval defense industry around the world for almost two centuries”, said Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. "This partnership will bring high-skilled jobs and technology to Brazil, strengthening its defense industry.”

The consortium model will facilitate the transfer of technology process, including for future strategic defense projects in Brazil. “Today’s result demonstrates that our proposal has truly addressed the operational needs of the Brazilian Navy”, noted Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.

The Corvette Program will allow the Brazilian Navy to expand and modernize its fleet. With four corvettes scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2028, the Navy will have new escort ships to counter possible threats and ensure the protection of maritime traffic. This new capability will allow better control of Brazil’s jurisdictional waters – known as the Blue Amazon – which encompasses over 4.5 million km². The escort ships are also expected to play an important role in peace and humanitarian aid missions, in contribution to the Brazilian Diplomacy.

The CCT Program – and its pending transfer of technology for military shipbuilding, combat and platform management systems – will make real contributions to the Brazilian economy, such as:

  • Local content of more than 40% during ships building and the development of state-of-the-art systems;
  • Generation of more than 1,000 direct jobs and approximately 4,000 indirect jobs;
  • Competitiveness to meet the future demands of the Brazilian Navy and export of naval defense products;
  • Inclusion of research and development centers; and
  • In-service support capability to a high-tech and long-life product.

The Aliança-Oceana shipyard, considered one of the most modern in Brazil, will act as the ship builder. Located in Itajaí (Santa Catarina State), a region with a strong vocation for shipbuilding, the shipyard is part of Oceana Offshore Group, a company with more than 20 years’ experience in shipbuilding and offshore maritime operations. With approximately 310,000 square meters, Oceana has the capacity to build 4 to 6 ships per year, and applies the most innovative engineering and construction processes, with high level of automation and cutting-edge technology. It also has facilities located in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro State), which can serve as logistics and services support base for the Brazilian Navy.

Atech, an Embraer Group company with facilities in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, will supply the CMS (Combat Management System) and IPMS (Integrated Platform Management System) for the Tamandaré Class corvettes. In cooperation with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK (a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems) and L3 MAPPS, Atech will receive the transfer of technology. Atech currently has 500 engineers specializing in software and hardware development for defense applications and has unique expertise in systems engineering and situational awareness technologies of decision-making.

Embraer Defense & Security will integrate sensors and weaponry into the combat system, bringing the program to its 50 years’ experience in in-service support solutions. As the leading aerospace and defense industry in Latin America, Embraer provides a full line of integrated solutions and applications such as Command and Control Center (C4I), radars, ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) and space. Its many capabilities also include integrated systems for information, communications, border monitoring and surveillance as well as aircraft for authorities’ transportation and special missions. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products and solutions are present in more than 60 countries.

The Águas Azuis Consortium proposal was based on the MEKO family of ships, which includes 11 Classes. Its modular design facilitates local integration and transfer of technology, helping to reduce acquisition, maintenance and modernization costs. Combining state-of-the-art technology, innovation and robust combat capabilities, the MEKO Class is a true blue water vessel with exceptional qualities. As a result, several Navies from all over the world have a flexible, versatile combat platform and a general naval environment for diversified mission profiles.

According to a press release from tkMS, there have been 82 MEKO Class corvettes and frigates delivered to 14 different nations since 1982, 37 of which were produced outside Germany, and all are still in full operation – indicating a proven life cycle of more than 40 years. The design iteration of this class combines best characteristics of five generations of ships, ensuring that each new generation benefits from solid, proven maturity, technology, materials and standards.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels as well as for maritime security technologies. With nearly 5,500 employees, the company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world. With its Operating Units Submarines, Surface Vessels, Naval Electronic Systems and Services, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is part of the thyssenkrupp Group which has more than 161,000 employees in 78 countries. Developing business in Brazil since 1837, thyssenkrupp Group employs more than 8,000 people in all regions of Brazil in the automotive, energy, infrastructure, mining, cement, civil construction, chemical, petrochemical and defense segments.

The ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Group stands for maritime and naval solutions for surface, submarines and coast systems. The company holds a leading position in all fields of maritime high technology, including command & control systems for submarines and surface vessels, sonars and sensors, mine warfare systems, heavyweight torpedoes, coastal surveillance systems and in-service support. ATLAS has established a worldwide customer portfolio. The naval electronics specialist is a company of thyssenkrupp and has a workforce of around 2200 highly skilled employees.


Recognized as a Brazilian "System House", Atech says it always been guided by innovation as a way to help transform the country. With unique expertise in systems engineering and situational awareness technologies and support for decision making, Atech works to develop innovative solutions with applications in the areas of air traffic, command and control systems, cyber security, instrumentation and control systems, embedded systems, simulators and logistics. The company is responsible for the development and modernization of the entire system for the management and defense of Brazilian airspace. For its performance in these areas, the company has been recognized and certified as a Strategic Defense Company by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.

Rheinmetall acquires IBD Deisenroth
Posted on Mar 27, 2019

In a move that will reinforce Rheinmetall Group’s position as a major supplier of advanced defence technology to ground forces of Germany, its allies and other like-minded nations, the company has completed the purchase of IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH.

Based in Lohmar, Germany, IBD Deisenroth Engineering is a world-renowned supplier of passive protection systems, principally for military vehicles. The company has around 120 employees. Sales last year came to roughly €35 million.

This acquisition is intended to round out Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group's portfolio in the field of protection technology for military vehicles.

The transaction, to effect on 1 June 2019, will see Rheinmetall Group taking over all operational assets of IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH.

Contractual agreements to this effect have been reached and the parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.