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Public Services and Procurement Canada has released another "request for information" to the defence industry for the Joint Unmanned Surveillance Targeting and Acquisition System (JUSTAS) project.
Industry has been down this route before, with various Canadian Forces attempts at JUSTAS going on for a decade or so now.
An earlier version of JUSTAS was supposed to have the unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones, UAVs, UAS, etc) operating as early as 2010.
Radio Canada International
Despite the growing political pressure at home and from allies abroad, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently told the gathering of the world's reach and powerful in the Swiss Alps he is determined to pull Canada's fighter jets from Iraq and end their combat mission against Islamic State militants.
"Canada recognizes that we need a global, concerted response to the war on terror, and terrorists specifically, and Canada has an important role to play on humanitarian side, on the refugee side, and yes, on the military side as well," Trudeau said during a question and answer session following his keynote speech.
Globe and Mail
Buying expensive defence equipment resembles a wrestling match. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but the bigger your opponent, the greater the likelihood of your defeat.
Big defence contracts are complicated beasts. Getting them to arrive on time and within budget is not impossible, just hard, like winning a wrestling match against a formidable opponent. Too often, defence procurement efforts go awry, which have soured Liberal and Conservative governments on the military.
Bluedrop Training & Simulation will deliver visual systems upgrades to existing flight simulators of the Royal Canadian Air Force used in training pilots under the Contracted Flying Training and Support program, the company announced recently.
The contract, valued at $2.2 million, was awarded by KF Aerospace Defence Programs as part of a wider scope of work that will see the companies provide the Royal Canadian Air Force's primary, rotary wing and multi-engine pilot training until 2027.
Northrop Grumman is still contributing to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter but is already looking at the next generation fighter aircraft.
Defense News' Lara Seligman writes that Tom Vice, president of Northrop's aerospace sector, has laid out his vision for a long-range, potentially unmanned fighter, featuring laser weapons and advanced "cyber resiliency" to counter threats in the increasingly connected world of 2030.
The F-35 joint strike fighter is flying high on news that the United Kingdom is reaffirming its commitment to the sleek and stealthy aircraft while Canada's defense minister said it is premature to say that his country will pull out of the billion-dollar program it helped develop.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's unqualified support of the F-35 program came in a defense budget report that said Britain will not only stick by its plans to buy 138 airplanes, but that it will accelerate its purchases by establishing an additional fighter squadron.
A reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.
The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.
Visit our website!
Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016
For further information, contact Gary Arnold — email@example.com
The Toronto Garrison Officers' Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. This annual event is the highlight of the Garrison's social season and it may be of interest to the membership of the RCAF Association. Subscription pricing ranges from $125.00 to $175.00 per person, and based on previous years, we sell out quickly. Please visit www.torontogarrisonball.ca for additional information.
On 5 May 1941, No. 406 Squadron RCAF was created at RAF Acklington. Now, 75 years later, the unit is still operational as part of the CH-124 Sea King community. To celebrate 406's long-standing and diverse history, a multi-day event will be held from Friday May 13th — Saturday May 14th, 2016, for all past and present members!
May 28, 2016 — Squadron Open House & Mixed Mess Dinner
May 29, 2016 — Brunch followed by a choice of several activities: Golf day in the Fredericton area, day trip to St. Andrews (including whale watching trip), or day trip to St. John.
More information will be added as details are finalized, but initial information is to help those travelling from afar. Please feel free to share with any former Wolf Pack members!
*Note: RSVPing for this event on Facebook does not constitute an official RSVP to the organizing committee.*
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to officially RSVP.
408 Goose Squadron Association
Come out and celebrate the 75th anniversary of 408 Squadron!
The 408 Goose Squadron Association is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and Reunion of the formation of 408 Squadron on the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. Register now for the early-bird rate!
Click here to view the event poster.
Click here to learn more about the event.
The New Brunswick Aviation Museum is hosting a reunion from July 8-10, 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Royal Canadian Air Force Station/Canadian Forces Base Chatham. The reunion is open to anyone who ever worked or trained there from 1941 until 1996, including former military and civilian personnel and their families. The reunion is also open to anyone who served at St. Margaret's or Tracadie Air Range.
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons
Sept. 15-18, 2016
Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa
The Ottawa members of SPAADS look forward to, again, welcoming our fellow members as our guests to join us in your nation's capital for the 2016 reunion. Our SPAADS 2016 website has just been activated. Here you will find information helpful for you to register for the reunion, make your hotel reservations, and assist you with your stay here in Ottawa.
Halifax International Security Forum
The Halifax International Security Forum announced recently that the 8th Halifax International Security Forum will take place from Nov. 18-20, 2016 in Halifax, N.S.
The annual Forum brings together democratic security leaders from more than 60 countries to address the most pressing international security challenges.
"As local communities deal with the consequences of global security threats, I am proud that Halifax provides an important venue for people with shared values to come together and build strategies for working more closely together," said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.
Invitations to the Nov. 18-20, 2016 Forum will be issued in the spring.
For more information about the Halifax International Security Forum, please contact email@example.com.
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