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Logistics Vehicle Modernization
Posted on Oct 6, 2021

Rheinmetall Canada, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), and Navistar Defence Canada have formed “Team 45°North” in bid to win Canada's Logistics Vehicle Modernization project. The LVM project is an initiative that will revitalize the Canadian Army’s light and heavy logistics vehicle capabilities.

Drawing on more than 200 years of combined expertise in developing technical solutions for defence and vehicle programmes in Canada, Team 45°N brings together two premier military vehicle manufacturers and a world-class integrator to offer the Canadian Army battle-tested trucks that are purpose-built for military use.


Navistar Logistic Vehicle

With extensive experience in logistics vehicle solutions as well as the execution of complex defence projects, Team 45°N offers a low-risk, high-quality solution for Canada’s LVM project.

For decades, Rheinmetall Canada has been a trusted partner of the Canadian Armed Forces in several programmes. The company is an internationally acknowledged system integrator in the defence and security industry and a dependable provider of in-service support to large Canadian vehicle projects. Rheinmetall Canada is also known for its collaborative approach in working with its customers throughout the full lifecycle of their programmes.

Bringing unique skills and deep knowledge to the team, RMMV has successfully developed, built, and serviced military vehicles around the globe for more than a century. To satisfy all of its customers’ needs and to support them in fulfilling their most demanding missions, the company offers a complete range of services, including project management, systems engineering and integration, through-life support, repair and maintenance, as well as spares management. 

Navistar Defence Canada rounds out Team 45°N, offering significant experience in working with the Canadian government. Navistar Defence Canada delivered 1,300 militarized commercial-off-the-shelf (MilCOTS) vehicles to the Canadian Department of National Defence for the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project to support domestic and expeditionary missions. It continues to provide logistic support through its vast parts and service network across Canada. The company also supplied the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with armoured personnel carriers to provide increased protection and rescue capabilities for RCMP officers and members of the public in high-risk situations.


RMMV vehicle – HX family

In collaboration with its partners, Team 45°N will offer a comprehensive LVM solution that fulfills the Canadian Army’s logistics mission profile, specifically designed to meet military requirements – durability, protection, payload capacity, mobility, and all-terrain capability.

RMMV’s HX series of tactical trucks already has a successful track record globally and has a well-established group of user nations, including Canada’s close allies (Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom) as well as other NATO nations (Germany, Norway, Denmark) and western countries (Austria, Sweden). These reliable military vehicles excel in all climates, are off road capable, and – most importantly – offer an unparalleled level of protection to soldiers. The combat-proven ready-to-use design can also be upgraded and modified according to specific customer needs. A true military off-the-shelf solution, the HX family of vehicles combines professional logistics with force mobility support and tactical special role applications, making it a reliable enabler for joint operations in complex environments.

Navistar Defence Canada provides domestic and expeditionary logistic vehicle solutions. Its vehicles are among the most versatile in the world. The flexible platforms are easily tailored to meet specific mission requirements and configured in several variants such as water tankers; petroleum, oil and lubricant trucks; general troop transporters; wreckers; dump trucks; heavy equipment transport trucks; and more. They have been used in recent natural disaster relief missions in Canada and have been a key logistics force-multiplier on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Leveraging Canadian Industry

Team 45°N is committed to supporting the Canadian Armed Forces before, during, and after deliveries while creating pan-Canadian economic growth. The partnership draws on a coast-to-coast network of suppliers and will help bolster an in-country workforce and supply chain. Rheinmetall Canada and its partners’ excellent track record in fulfilling their Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) commitments are a testament to Team 45°N’s dedication to Canadian industry.

All-domain tactical radios
Posted on Sep 27, 2021
CAE to provide training for RAF
Posted on Jul 14, 2021

CAE UK has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide Poseidon MRA1 training support services to the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The initial five-year contract, awarded during CAE’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, calls for CAE UK to provide a range of instructors and console operators to support the delivery of training at the Boeing-built Poseidon Strategic Facility located at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The Boeing P-8A, designated the Poseidon MRA1 for the RAF, is a multi-role Maritime Patrol Aircraft designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Unit Warfare, surveillance and search and rescue missions.


CAE UK will provide training support services for Royal Air Force Poseidon MRA1 aircrew at RAF Lossiemouth following a contract award from Boeing. (Photo: Trevor Sheehan)

“We are pleased to partner with Boeing to deliver this critical training to the Royal Air Force,” said Andrew Naismith, Managing Director, CAE UK. “The Poseidon will play a key role in the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities for the UK and it requires highly trained aircrew to fully maximize these capabilities. We look forward to playing a key role in the preparation and readiness of the aircrew who will operate the Poseidon for the RAF.”

Under terms of the contract, CAE UK will provide a range of rear crew and engineering instructors.  Rear crew instructors will deliver training on acoustics, electronic warfare and other sensor and mission systems on the Poseidon.  Engineering instructors will deliver training on avionics and other systems required for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft. In addition, CAE UK will provide console operators and controllers who will perform role playing and support functions during training and mission rehearsal exercises.

Boeing will provide the flight instructors to train Poseidon pilots. A significant portion of the pilot training will take place in the two Poseidon Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) jointly developed by CAE and Boeing.  CAE designs and manufactures the Poseidon OFT hardware to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators.

CAE's global presence includes approximately 10,000 employees, and 160 sites and training locations in more than 35 countries. The company's Defence & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness.  This world-class training and mission systems integrator offers a comprehensive portfolio of training and operational support solutions across multi-domain operations – air, land, sea, space and cyber. CAE's regional operations can be found in Canada, the United States/Latin America, Europe/Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

Ultra awarded six IDEaS contracts in Canada
Posted on Jul 12, 2021

The IDEaS program from Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) seeks innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts. Ultra has won six contracts, including for Anti-Submarine Warfare.

The IDEaS Program seeks solutions to support the development of defence and security capabilities. The December funding round called for a number of focus areas, the one entitled It’s not just Noise – Innovative Tools for Acoustic Sensor Operators, was directly relevant to Ultra.

DND and the Canadian Armed Forces sought innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts in order to permit timely recommendations. These innovative solutions can include, but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Tools to assist human operators to rapidly detect underwater contacts from ocean data sources;
  • Tools to provide localization of detected contacts to aid in decision making;
  • Real-time analysis of measurements obtained from multiple sensors in order to permit the discovery of objects of interest; and
  • Classification of contacts by type (i.e., surface vessel, marine mammal, etc.).

Next generation Anti-Submarine Warfare is one of Ultra’s strategic technology development areas. The six studies will advance a range of key Anti-Submarine Warfare technologies:

  1. Vector sensors for towed arrays
  2. Directional Active Intercept sensors
  3. Sonobuoy deployment from Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  4. Towed Array Shape Estimation
  5. Next Generation Environmental Sensing
  6. Multi-Mode Free Flooded Ring transducer technology

Bernard Mills, President of Ultra Sonar Systems commented: “Our agility, capability and drive to innovate has been a key factor to Ultra winning these contracts. We look forward to collaborating with Canadian industry partners and delivering solutions that contribute to Canada’s national security.”

Since 2018, when IDEaS first started, over $176M have been invested in Canada’s science and technology.

IAI establishes protocols for technology transfer for RPAS
Posted on May 20, 2021

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is proud of its record of creating strong relationships with Canadian companies, both large and small. IAI has supported a variety of military procurements that have significantly increased Canada’s safety and security. These strong commercial bonds make IAI an ideal partner to Canadian primes in delivering Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITBs) designed to create domestic jobs, innovation, and economic growth in Canada.

IAI is the largest defence and aerospace company in Israel. With 15,000 employees, the company is the leader in new technology development and patent registration in Israel. Living in a tough neighborhood means that IAI must provide cutting edge technologies and solutions for air, land, sea, cyber, and space. Some of these key products and technologies include Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) based on the proven Heron family of products, radars and electronic intelligence, satellite and space systems, as well as missiles and loitering munitions.  

IAI’s technologies have made significant contributions to Canada’s defence sector over the last decade. From providing Canadian surveillance and reconnaissance capability in Afghanistan with the Heron UAV, to equipping Canadian maritime surveillance with radar products, IAI has created strategic partnerships with several leading Canadian defence contractors. More recently, IAI is offering its latest generation Heron TP to L3Harris as part of Team Artemis for the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) program. Through technology transfer, the Team Artemis RPAS can be built and maintained in Canada by Canadians as IAI continues to demonstrate its commitment to building a robust defence sector in Canada.

IAI has established proven protocols for technology transfer that commercial and national partners appreciate for the flexibility and control it gives to a program.  With IAI’s technology transfer approach, the Canadian RPAS program, for example, would have the aircraft built in Canada by Canadians and without ITAR restrictions, Canada would retain full mission sovereignty.  IAI believes that its commitment to full technology transfer in procurement programs offers a competitive advantage to primes seeking to maximize their ITB offering to the Canadian government.

The RPAS program, is not the only example of IAI working in tandem with Canadian companies in the area of technology transfer. One of IAI’s groups – ELTA Systems Ltd. provided strategic radar solutions to Canada’s Beechcraft King Air, De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft, and to the RCAF’s new C-295 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft. IAI – ELTA has also provided its world leading medium range radar to Canada’s army in partnership with Rheinmetall Canada. A key part of these programs includes the investment in Canada’s economy to create sustainment, logistics support, and depot repair and overhaul centers that ensure Canada’s long-term operational support requirements can be fulfilled in-country, and exported from Canada.  

IAI - ELTA’s medium range radar, built and maintained by Rheinmetall Canada in Quebec, is now being offered as an export from Canada to international customers and had their first major win of a large scale radar integration program in Hungary. This radar is one of IAI – ELTA’s most popular  radars  and was developed by the company as part of Israel’s renowned “Iron Dome”  air defense solution and is part of IAI’s well known combat proven Barak MX air defense system.  IAI is rightly proud of its excellent reputation as an ITB partner for Canadian companies and will continue to work to increase its industry partnerships.

For several years, IAI has maintained commercial relationships with many small and medium sized Canadian companies which produce radar and aircraft components in the company’s global supply chain. These partnerships increase the international profile and knowledge of Canada’s Defence Industrial Base while broadening IAI’s offerings – clearly a win-win for all concerned.

Efficient technology transfer is an important part of IAI’s philosophy underpinning the company’s approach to global delivery and service. IAI believes that this approach has helped to enhance Canada’s defence industry by increasing its technological expertise, expanding exports, and providing access to global markets. With IAI’s technology transfer program, Canadian companies are ready and able to equip and sustain a platform for Canada’s defence needs. In return, Canadian ingenuity provides a substantial return on investment to IAI’s product lines.

IAI is very pleased to be part of the ongoing success of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) signed in 2019 and also the Canada-Israel Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation in Industrial Research and Development, last renewed in 2017. Such agreements make technology transfer not only good business, but good policy.

As IAI interacts with innovative Canadian industrial partners, the transfer of technology and expertise goes both ways and creates synergies that benefit both countries paving the way for even greater cooperation and global success stories.

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Canadian Polar Icebreakers gets green light
Posted on May 7, 2021

When the federal government announced plans in August 2008 for a new Polar-class icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it was expected to cost $720 million as the country pushed to assert its presence in the Arctic.

On 6 May 2021, the Trudeau government announced that it has resurrected plans for two vessels – to be built by Seaspan Yard in Vancouver and Davie Shipbuilding of Lévis, Quebec – but project costs were not part of the equation. That evidently is subject to further negotiations.

A 2013 federal budget estimate by the Harper administration put the costs of two ships at $1.3 billion, but inflation – coupled with increases in labour and material costs in the intervening years – likely will push the ultimate bill closer to $2 billion.

Early estimates are that construction of the two icebreakers will generate some 300 jobs at each yard as well as 2,500 across the marine supply chain. Whatever the cost, it will be atop $17.49 billion in contracts already awarded to shipyards for a range of smaller vessels, which the government says has already revitalized the industry.

An initial contract for one icebreaker was awarded to Seaspan in 2011 as a key element of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The goal was to have the vessel, to be named the CCGS John D. Diefenbaker, in service by 2017. It would replace the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which was built by Canadian Vickers in Montreal, commissioned in 1969 and extensively refitted with a view to keeping it in service through this decade, the largest in a fleet of 18 icebreakers which service mainly the Great Lakes and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

However, sundry delays resulted in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s withdrawal of the Seaspan contract in mid-2019 and a new request for industry proposals in the hope of having a ship in service by late 2029. That left the politically-contentious project in limbo yet again as concerns continued to mount about Canada’s Arctic capabilities.

In announcing the project’s revival, the government said in its official statement that increasing commercial traffic and other activity, much of it due to a longer navigation season made possible by global warming “all highlighted Canada’s need for a renewed Coast Guard fleet.”

At 150 metres length overall with a beam of 28m, the icebreakers are expected to top 18 knots and have a cruising speed range of 30,000 nautical miles with 100 crew and scientific personnel. The new icebreakers will be designed to operate farther north, in more difficult ice conditions and for longer periods than earlier Canadian icebreakers.

The government’s announcement was a geographically-select group effort in that it involved Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries & Oceans and the CCG; Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez in his capacity as the government’s Quebec Lieutenant; and B.C. MP Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment & Climate Change.

They said the new approach, with concurrent construction by each yard, would ensure at least one icebreaker is delivered by 2030. “With their enhanced capabilities, these larger, more powerful Polar icebreakers will enable the Coast Guard to conduct year-round operations in Canada’s Arctic,” the ministers said. “Their greater endurance will ensure they can operate at higher latitudes for longer periods, and will allow the fleet to better support […] northerners, strengthen Arctic sovereignty, advance high Arctic science, and better respond to maritime emergencies.”

Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan delivered its first state-of-the-art Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) to the Canadian Coast Guard in 2019 and completed the first full class of these vessels in 2020.


On 9 October 2020, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, welcomed the newly-built Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CGGS) John Cabot, to the Coast Guard fleet. Delivery of this third and final Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), along with the acceptance of the CCGS Sir John Franklin and  CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier in 2019, completed the first class of large ships built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Under the NSS, Seaspan has become a major economic and job creation engine. As of December 2019, the shipyard had contributed more than $1.5 billion dollars to Canada’s GDP and directed nearly $1B in contracts to more than 670 suppliers from coast to coast. (Source: Deloitte Socioeconomic Impact Study

Seaspan recently cut steel and started construction of Canada’s most modern ocean research ship, the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel. The company continues to award contracts to Canadian businesses across the country, recently surpassing $1B in contracts on the Joint Support Ship program alone.

OFFICIAL RELEASE (6 May 2021)

As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has announced that Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) will design and build a Polar Icebreaker, the flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet. The new ship construction program, which will sustain approximately 1,400 jobs at Seaspan’s Vancouver shipyard and 1,400 additional jobs in the marine industry across the country, is welcome and timely news for Seaspan employees and its cross-Canada supply chain. Work on the program is set to begin immediately upon the award of a contract.

With Canada’s current largest icebreaker, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, due to retire at the end of the decade after 60 years of service, there is an urgent need to begin work on the multi-year replacement program. The new icebreaker will be the largest ship in the Coast Guard fleet and will play a critical role in enabling the Canadian Coast Guard to patrol and protect 243,000 km of coastline – the longest national coastline in the world. Nearly 70% of that coastline is in the Arctic, a region of increasing interest from other countries and a growing national priority for Canada. The multi-mission ship will also provide vital resupply to Arctic communities, support Arctic science, help ensure the free flow of trade and safe commercial shipping, and conduct search and rescue and environmental response.

Seaspan is set to work with Canada’s marine industry leaders, including Genoa Design International in Newfoundland and Labrador and Heddle Shipyards in Ontario, along with hundreds of small and medium Canadian companies. Bringing to bear a cross-Canada approach, the Polar Icebreaker program is expected to grow Canadian businesses, tap into talent and capability across the country, and create and sustain good jobs.

In line with the economic and industrial development objectives of the NSS to build and strengthen Canada’s marine sector, a recent study has indicated that for every dollar spent on the NSS at Seaspan, a dollar is added to Canada’s GDP.

The icebreaker, Seaspan’s fourth class of NSS vessel, will be constructed at the company’s Vancouver shipyard, a high-capacity multi-program yard that is one of the most modern and efficient in North America and was purpose-built to deliver Canada’s largest and most complex ships. The Polar Icebreaker will be built concurrently with the second Joint Support Ship for the Royal Canadian Navy, the largest naval vessel by length ever to be built in Canada, and the largest and most advanced ocean science research ship for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Latest Heron TP advancements meet Canada’s RPAS needs
Posted on Apr 27, 2021

As Canada finalizes its preparation for the release of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Request for Proposal (RFP), Team Artemis is stepping up. The IAI Heron TP, chosen by Germany and the platform of choice by L3Harris Canada for Canada’s RPAS program, is advancing through the German airworthiness certification process with compliance expected by mid-2021. Germany selected the Heron TP in 2018 in a competitive process and will take delivery of the first platform this summer. The German Heron TP marks a significant step forward in the evolution of Heron TP’s capabilities and will provide several enhancements ideally suited for Canadian RPAS requirements. Firstly, the addition of an anti-icing capability to allow operations in cold weather climates, and secondly, a Sense-And-Avoid (SAA) capability to support operation in civilian airspace.

Like Canada, Germany requires their next generation Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS to be fully certified under the NATO Standardized Agreement (STANAG) 4671 UAV airworthiness standards where the certification program is led by Airbus, under the German Military Aviation Authority (GMAA). In meeting STANAG 4671, the German certification program ensures the risk to the Canadian RPAS program is low and that Canada’s Initial Operating Capability (IOC) date can be easily achieved. IAI plans to deliver the first aircraft by mid-2021, in time for the scheduled induction of the Heron TP into operational service with the German Air Force.


Photo: Israel Air Force

The Heron TP variant being offered to Canada is more capable and more powerful than the current Israeli variant. The aircraft is powered by the reliable Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engine which has demonstrated high performance through extensive operations on other aircraft throughout Canada and in the Arctic. Furthermore, new Sense-And-Avoid features are integrated into this variant, adding new levels of safety when flying in open airspace. Able to operate at an altitude up to 45,000 ft, the Heron TP can safely fly above civilian air traffic. The higher operating altitude also increases its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) area coverage by leveraging its powerful multi-spectral sensor array. As an open-standards ISR platform, the Heron TP can be integrated with other systems for best utilization with military, national, and coalition assets. An earlier Heron 1 variant’s interoperability was demonstrated by five NATO user nations, including Canada, during the Afghanistan War.

Through the past decade, the Heron TP proved itself in extensive operational service with the Israeli Air Force, flying tens of thousands of missions throughout the region. Based on three decades of development and accumulated operational experience, its technological maturation now provides automation and autonomy capabilities that enable operators an unsurpassed level of flexibility. These include the ability to fly missions completely autonomously, takeoff and land autonomously from degraded runway locations, and operate the aircraft from remote fields with minimal ground support. These autonomous capabilities significantly increase its operational flexibility for the Canadian RPAS program. Extending the Israeli Heron TP operational experience combined with that of the German Air Force and other user nations will provide a valuable user network for Canadian RPAS training, deployment and lessons learned.

The Heron TP’s design is ideal for operation in the most challenging Canadian environments. Flights in the far north and on the maritime coasts require robust, rugged aerial platforms to fly in high winds and inclement weather. The Heron TP, powered by the formidable PT6 1,200-shaft horsepower turboprop engine, has a superior rate of climb, allowing it to operate more reliably in and through inclement weather. Equally, the twin boom design of the Heron TP provides greater stability while transiting and operating in Canada’s adverse climate conditions. As a result of years of combat experience, the IAI engineers designed multi-level redundancy into the platform so there is no single point of failure.  All these features ensure high reliability that enhances mission readiness and operational availability for the RCAF.

The Heron TP is the most advanced, capable MALE platform in the market today. Its robust, operationally proven design, ideal for Canadian climate conditions in the arctic and maritime environments, combined with an extensive, NATO-interoperable ISR capability and Sense-And-Avoid technology assures that Canada and the RCAF will receive the best available RPAS for its mission needs. A Canadian Heron TP delivered by Team Artemis, led by L3Harris Canada, raises the bar for RPAS capability for RCAF operational missions and underpins Canada’s long-term development of a Remotely Piloted Systems and Autonomous Technologies industrial sector.

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Airbus qualified as bidder for Canada’s strategic tankers
Posted on Apr 2, 2021

Government of Canada has qualified Airbus as a bidder for the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) project for the Royal Canadian Air Force to replace its Airbus A310MRTT (CC-150 Polaris) multi-role tanker fleet.

The invitation to qualify (ITQ), released at the beginning of 2021, identified the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft as capable of meeting the project’s requirements. The procurement process now moves to the next stage of the call for tender. A draft request for proposal (RFP) is expected in Q3 2021.

The STTC program looks to replace the RCAF CC-150 Polaris tanker fleet with a multirole aircraft capable of conducting a wide range of missions including NATO and NORAD operations, ranging from air-to-air refueling to strategic Government of Canada transport and aeromedical evacuation.

Simon Jacques, President of Airbus Defence and Space Canada, said: “The A330 MRTT is the only new generation, combat-proven, multirole tanker available. It is certified to operate with the majority of western receivers, including Canada’s current fighters, transport and mission aircraft.  With more than 250,000 flight hours in service with 13 nations, including key NATO allies and Five Eyes partners such as Australia and the United Kingdom.”

Active in several Canadian provinces, Airbus has approximately 3,800 employees across the country and sustains more than 23,000 indirect jobs in the aeronautics sector. Airbus works with over 665 suppliers in nine provinces, sourcing $1.8 billion CAD from Canadian companies.

All Airbus divisions are present in Canada with: commercial aircraft in Mirabel, Quebec; helicopters in Fort Erie, Ontario; and Airbus Defence and Space in Ottawa, Ontario. Airbus-owned subsidiaries, Stelia Aerospace and NAVBLUE also have installations in Canada. Air Pro, a joint-venture between Airbus and PAL Aerospace, located in Ottawa, provides in-service support to the Airbus C295 aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) programme in Canada.

MBDA awarded first contract for Albatros NG system
Posted on Mar 3, 2021

MBDA has been awarded a first contract for Albatros NG, a brand new CAMM-ER based air defence system for naval applications.

This first order, from an undisclosed international customer, marks a further validation of the wide appeal of the CAMM air defence family on the global marketplace and paves the way to further acquisitions by the same customer and other Navies.

Albatros NG is a new generation Naval Based Air Defence (NBAD) system, based on the CAMM-ER, which is the extended range variant of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) family already delivered to customers around the world for both ground based and naval air defence.

Under the terms of this recent order, Albatros NG will be in service in 2024. Albatros NG, deriving its name from the legacy Albatros systems which have been in service with the Italian Navy and several export customers for years, is suitable for different kinds of vessels providing air defence capability for platforms ranging from patrol vessels and corvettes to destroyers. It also allows a complementary layer for larger vessels such as frigates and destroyers already equipped with a long range air defence system. It can be easily integrated, without significant changes, in the ships’ design; its Command & Control (C2) is designed to enable flexible integration with both new and existing naval Combat Management Systems (CMS).

The CAMM-ER missile is capable of providing self and local area defence against the evolving airborne threat at ranges exceeding 40km; it will be integrated in the new ground based air defence systems for the Italian Army and Italian Air Force. CAMM family systems have already been delivered to the British Army, to the Royal Navy and to several export nations.

Air defence systems utilizing the CAMM and CAMM-ER missiles can provide armed forces with advanced protection against the ever-evolving air threat, including manned and unmanned aircraft, precision guided munitions, terrain-following/sea-skimming missiles, and low radar cross section (RCS) targets; all in the presence of the latest countermeasures.

MBDA, jointly owned by Airbus (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo (25%), is the only European defence group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). With a significant presence in five European countries and the USA, in 2019 MBDA achieved revenue of 3.7 billion euros with an order book of 17.5 billion euros. In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

IAI continues technology transfer to Canada
Posted on Jan 14, 2021

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy is designed to leverage defense and security procurements to create jobs and economic growth in Canada.

Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a long-time supplier of military technologies to Canada’s defense market, and has been investing in Canadian companies for over a decade. IAI has shared some of this technology and created strong relationships with local Canadian companies, both large and small, that have assisted in deploying successful military and security programs in Canada and abroad.

IAI is the largest defence and aerospace company in Israel. With more than 15,000 employees, IAI is the leader in new technology development and patent registration in Israel. The company provides cutting edge technologies and solutions for air, land, sea, cyber and space. Some key products and technology include remotely piloted vehicle systems based on its Heron family of products, radars and electronic intelligence, satellite and space systems, and missiles and loitering weapons.

IAI is constantly innovating and has expanded its expertise to the latest technology domains. Its three key divisions – Military Aircraft Group, ELTA Systems, and Missiles and Space Systems – specialize in technologies that have been instrumental to Canada’s defence sector over the last decade.  

From providing Canadian surveillance and reconnaissance capability in Afganistan with Heron unmanned aerial systems, to Canadian maritime surveillance with its radar products, IAI has created strategic partnerships with several leading Canadian defense contractors, transferring technology that is built and maintained in Canada by Canadians.

Strategic radar solutions have been provided by IAI's ELTA division to Canada’s Beechcraft King Air, De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft, and to Canada’s new C-295 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft. The company has also provided air defence capability to the Canadian Armyrmy with its popular medium-range radar. A key part of these programs include the investment and building of sustainment centers which are manned and maintained by Canadian defence companies.  

IAI-ELTA’s medium range radar is now built and maintained in Quebec, and is being considered as an export from Canada to international customers. Developed by IAI, this radar quickly became one of its most successful products as part of Israel’s renowned Iron Dome Defence solution.

Israeli Aerospace Industries continues its commitment of technology transfer to Canada

For several years, IAI has maintained cooperation with many small and medium sized Canadian companies which produce radar and aircraft components that are used in the IAI supply chain for products shipped world-wide. The company’s philosophy towards technology transfer has enhanced Canada’s defense sector by increasing technological expertise, military independence, and expanding exports by providing local companies access into new global markets.

IAI is committed to the Canadian market and to the successful bi-lateral arrangements between Israel and Canada, and the continued transfer of latest technology developments to Canadian industry enhances Canada’s sovereignty and contributes Canadian exports to the global supply chain.

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