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What’s Canada Buying? – April 21, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – April 17, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 14, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – April 11, 2014

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What’s Canada Buying? – April 8, 2014

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  • Halifax is getting two brand-new army facilities as well as the multimillion-dollar contracts for building them.  The two projects, one in Bedford and one at the Canadian Forces Base in north-end Halifax, are expected to create 380 jobs, the Department of National Defence said on Monday.  Junior ranks at the base will enjoy the results when they move to an expansive housing and training facility, likely in 2016.  Three new buildings will be dedicated to the younger members. The first complex, more than 21,000 square metres, will include living quarters and a dining, galley and mess hall, according to a description provided by the department.  A second, smaller building will house a retail store, a snack bar and financial services ….” – more here and here
  • The latest menus for “boil in a bag” by Wornick are out – including Indian Chicken Breast, Chipotle Chicken Carbonara and Tortillas
  • Wanted:  “target” boat, crew for OP NANOOK  “…. The Department of National Defence has a requirement for the provision of temporary and exclusive use of a marine vessel commencing on August 21, 2014 in IQALUIT, NUNAVUT (NU). A marine type vessel of not less than 150 feet in Length Over All (LOA) with the capability to accommodate, shelter, feed and support 25 participants – role players from 21 August to no later than 31 August 2014.  The vessel must be capable of conducting shore-to-ship (embarkation) at IQALUIT, NU (63 32.781N 68 21.925W) and ship-to-shore (disembarkation) activities at YORK SOUND, NU ( 62 31.979N 66 22.475W) without the use of pre-existing wharves and jetties.  Passengers with up to 150 lbs of personal military baggage will board the vessel in IQALUIT, NU on 22 August 2014 and remain on the vessel until disembarked at YORK SOUND, NU on 30 August 2014.  The vessel will anchor at YORK SOUND, NU.  Role player equipment will consist of 1 x ruck sack (50 lbs), 1 x barrack box (50 lbs), and 1 x duffle. Please refer to Annex “A” Statement of Requirement for additional information ….”
  • Blogger makes a case for a different jet  “…. The (Textron AirLand) Scorpion at first glance may seem like an unlikely candidate for consideration by the R.C.A.F. However the Scorpion is designed to be affordable, costing US$3,000 per flight hour, with a unit cost expected to be below US$20 million. This means a per hour flight cost of something like one tenth that of a modern fighter at one quarter the purchase price.  If issued to an expanded Air Force Auxiliary, Scorpions would solve a multitude of problems, they would renew the Air Force commitment to close air support, they would form the nucleus of an expanded and useable force ….

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8 April 14 at 9:30

What’s Canada Buying? April 4, 2014

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4 April 14 at 10:30

What’s Canada Buying? – April 1, 2014

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1 April 14 at 11:00

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

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 21, 2014

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21 March 14 at 22:15

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