Update On The Defence Industry – New Contracts And Work Being Pursued

19 May 2016

Nortrax recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Ottawa, just off of Highway 7 west of Stittsville.

Nortrax, Inc., a John Deere company operates John Deere construction and forestry dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. The flagship location will serve the construction, forestry, and quarry business in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

But besides the quest for business in those areas, the facility will be a base for the company’s interest in the Canadian military’s Common Heavy Equipment Replacement project.

The project will improve the Canadian Forces mobility, counter-mobility, force protection and sustainment capabilities by recapitalizing existing fleets of Heavy Support Equipment, according to the military.

It will include a materiel handling capability to load and unload containers and bulk materiel and equipment for large scale construction activities ranging from runway repairs to road construction and maintenance.

The project is estimated to cost between $500 million and $1.5 billion. Request for proposals are to be released next year with a contract awarded in 2019.

The Nortrax facility in Ottawa is designed to easily accommodate the larger production-class equipment offered by John Deere, the firm noted in a news release. In addition to an expanded parts warehouse, product support and a technology showroom, the building is designed to be expandable for future growth.

GeoSpectrum Technologies of Dartmouth, NS announced it has been awarded a contract to provide a Digital Preview Processor (DPP) to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Acoustic Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) for post mission analysis.

GeoSpectrum’s DPP system will be based on its TruView sonar processing system, previously delivered to ADAC and currently in use, the company noted. TruView is a system built using a mix of Canadian government and GeoSpectrum intellectual property. Government IP includes software libraries from Defence Research and Development Canada’s Software Tools for Analysis and Research (STAR) and System Test Bed (STB) software suites. Atlas Elektronik Canada and Pernix Technology will also help the team develop key data interfaces using their background knowledge and experience, according to GeoSpectrum Technologies.

MBDA recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of a coastal defence system for the Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF). The memorandum will pave the way in the short term for a contract that could be worth an estimated $950 million.

The supply of these coastal missile systems will allow the QENF to monitor maritime coastal traffic and prevent hostile ships from reaching and threatening their territorial waters. According to MBDA. The coastal missile systems can deploy two different munitions, Exocet MM40 Block 3 and Marte ER (the Extended Range version of the Marte missile), reflecting the maturity and excellence of these munitions, MBDA officials said. The system can work in autonomous mode with its own radar, or alternatively by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.

Straightline Aviation (SLA) signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 12 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships with a potential value of approximately $480 million. SLA is working with Hybrid Enterprises, Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship reseller, to finalize the purchase agreement.

Based in the U.K., the leadership team of SLA has long-term experience in airship operations and established the company specifically to act as an owner-operator of Hybrid Airships.

“Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship represents a revolution in remote cargo delivery,” Rob Binns, chief executive officer of Hybrid Enterprises, said in a statement. “Having an experienced team such as SLA recognize the Hybrid Airship’s potential by signing the LOI solidifies the demand for this new mode of transportation. We are honored and excited to share this milestone with them.”

With its tri-lobe shape and air cushion landing system, the Hybrid Airship can affordably transport cargo and passengers to and from the most remote locations, according to the companies. They require little or no fixed ground infrastructure and burn significantly less fuel compared to conventional aircraft making them an environmentally friendly solution to remote cargo delivery, the firms added.

Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. recently deployed aircraft from Wittmundhafen, Germany to participate in the annual Dissimilar Air Combat Training (“DACT”) exercise hosted by the Spanish Air Force at Gando Air Base, Canary Islands.

Flying embedded with German Air Force Eurofighter squadrons, DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks joined units on exercise for air combat training with different fighter aircraft, including F-16, F-18 and Mirage 2000, Discovery Air Defence officials said. Unlike training with similar aircraft, DACT allows pilots to experience the flight profiles, characteristics and presentations of different combat aircraft, the company noted.

The Canadian government has a contract with Solar Ship Inc. to help expand Canada’s future capabilities in peacekeeping, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.

Through the federal government’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), the Department of National Defence (via the Royal Canadian Air Force) will work with Solar Ship to test and evaluate the capabilities of innovative aircraft designed to transport critical cargo during disaster relief missions, according to the company.

The aircraft will be tested for additional applications relevant to the RCAF’s support of humanitarian assistance missions, as determined by the government of Canada.

Retired lieutenant-colonel Tim Shopa, former lead operational test and evaluation officer for the RCAF’s CF-18 fleet, said in a statement that, “Solar Ship has proven some core capabilities in conducting difficult missions when it demonstrated the ability to takeoff and land from a soccer field with a mass of 1.8 tonnes using solar electric power. Now we must further demonstrate that a number of key performance parameters can be met to enable disaster relief missions in regions such as Africa where there is little or no infrastructural support.”

OSI Maritime Systems of Burnaby, BC announced the signing of a contract to provide Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (WECDIS) to the Turkish Navy for the MILGEM Corvette New Build Program.

Under the terms of this contract, OSI will deliver WECDIS systems, including its world leading ECPINS Warship software for hulls 3 and 4 of the MILGEM program. Previously, OSI was contracted to deliver and install systems on hulls 1 and 2. The Turkish Navy has deployed OSI systems on a number of classes of warships.


Source : ottawacitizen.com