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What’s Canada Buying? – April 17, 2014

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17 April 14 at 23:00

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What’s Canada Buying? – April 11, 2014

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11 April 14 at 9:00

What’s Canada Buying? – March 28, 2014

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  • F-35 Tug o’ War  The government has delayed its current schedule to sign a contract for an initial delivery of Lockheed-Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets to Canada until after the 2015 federal election year, The Hill Times has learned.  The Public Works Department, while insisting the deadline is “notional” as a special secretariat continues to review expected F-35 capabilities abilities and costs along with three other established fighter jets, confirmed that a U.S. Defence Department office in charge of the F-35 project has changed Canada’s “buy profile” to push back the first delivery of four of the first-strike attack fighters to 2018 from 2017.  The change means an initial “full funding” contract for the 65 planes Canada is still scheduled to acquire over a period of six years would be required in 2016, two years before Lockheed-Martin’s 2018 delivery of the first four planes that would eventually replace Canada’s dwindling and aging fleet of CF-18 fighter jets ….” – more from 3D’s Mark Collins on this here
  • March 25, MILNEWS.ca:  The Philippines said Friday it will buy $524.7-million worth of aircraft from South Korea and Canada as part of a military upgrade amid territorial disputes with superpower neighbor China …. State-owned Canadian Commercial Corp. will meanwhile be contracted to supply eight Bell 412 combat utility helicopters worth 4.8 billion pesos (~CDN $119,000), with the first three helicopters expected to be delivered next year, he added. “This is significant because it will give our armed forces the minimum capability to demonstrate their ability to perform their responsibilities,” he added ….”
  • March 26, Postmedia News:  “The Philippines will spend more than $100 million to buy eight Canadian-built helicopters as the country bolsters its military with new equipment, including fighter jets, to counter Chinese interests in the region.  The first of the Bell 412 helicopters are to be delivered next year, said Philippines Defence Undersecretary Fernando Manalo.  Manalo described the helicopters as “combat utility” aircraft but also added that some of the choppers would be used to fly government officials ….” – more here
  • More from the Info-machine on new boots for the troops  “Soldiers will soon be able to choose which combat boots suits them best.  The Directorate of Land Requirements and the Directorate of Soldier Systems Program Management will give soldiers a choice about which type of Land Operations Temperate Boot (LOTB) they wish to wear. This choice marks a change in how combat footwear is issued, allowing soldiers to choose their preference out of two designs of boots.  This is the newest development to address the requirement for a new temperate combat boot for the Army, and will replace the in-service combat boots, Mark III and the General Purpose Boots ….”
  • “The Department of National Defence has a requirement for a Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Portable Infantry Target System ….”
  • Wanted:  help in CF labs for research into better protection systems  “DRDC Valcartier’s Electro-Optical (EO) Warfare Section has a military platform (ships, vehicles, fighter planes, personnel) protection program to address the needs of the Canadian Forces in this area. The EO section is the national centre of expertise in electro-optical threat detection and characterization and in camouflage, and therefore is frequently called upon.  Generally speaking, the work to be done by the Contractor will be to provide engineering capacity in the field of electro-optics applied to military platform protection. For example, the Contractor will be required to develop advanced detection and countermeasure concepts for protecting a vehicle.  Tasks will range from the development of a simple Windows application to analyze data from a travelling missile’s position in space to the development of an autonomous vehicle protection system. In short, a task may require one individual or a team of three to four experts working in electro-optical design for three to six months ….”
  • Let’s try again, shall we, on that animal non-human model training for medical staff  “The Department of National Defence (DND) requires the following Non Human Model Training courses and course topics at DND/Canadian Forces (CF) site(s) or at the Offeror’s facility, as and when requested: Train the Trainer Course, Operator Course, Instructor Non Human Model Table Top, Instructor Non Human Model Scenarios, Non Human Model Table Top Training, Non Human Model Scenario Based Training, Mass Casualty Discussions, Ballistic Session ….”

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28 March 14 at 8:00

What’s Canada Buying? – March 25, 2014

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25 March 14 at 8:30

What’s Canada Buying? – March 21, 2014

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21 March 14 at 7:30

What’s Canada Buying? – March 17, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – March 13, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – March 10, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – February 28, 2014

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  • F-35 Tug o’ War  A case for the Eurofighter folks to crank up their Canadian push?  “News last week about Germany reducing its planned numbers of Eurofighter Typhoons has put a damper on continued production.  There is now possibility that the line may end with only a few prospects for further sales.  While the Typhoon is a fine fighter, it has the unfortunate distinction of being a “higher end” model.  Recent fighter sales have indicated a tendency to gravitate to the high-zoot F-35 or the more affordable Gripen.  The Typhoon does have a few prospects, however.  Friction with the Indian Rafale deal has left Eurofighter reminding India that it would be more than happy to play ball.  There’s also a few possibilities in the Middle East and Denmark.  Where Eurofighter should really step up its game is Canada ….”
  • “…. The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for the establishment of a National Individual Standing Offer (NISO) for the supply of nicotene patches.  The patches are to be provided on an as-and-when requested basis and delivered to various bases across Canada ….”
  • Industry Canada is lending aviation simulation firm CAE $250-million as the Montreal-based company looks to expand its suite of modelling and simulation technologies.  Made through its Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), the Industry Canada loan will go to CAE’s Project Innovate, a five-and-a-half-year research and development program that will see the company work to develop next-generation simulation platforms for both the civil and defence aviation markets.  “By supporting and nurturing innovation in the aerospace industry through the SADI program, the government helps maintain and grow highly skilled jobs in Canada,” CAE president and chief executive Marc Parent said in a statement.  “Innovation is in CAE’s DNA and it has allowed us to become a leader in our civil aviation and defence markets.” ….”

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28 February 14 at 8:00

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