TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Alenia Aermacchi Expands Canadian Team
- Team Spartan Engages with over 50 companies during FWSAR Partner Tour
- In the News
- Upcoming Events
This month’s FWSAR newsletter centers on Team Spartan’s progress on its Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) plan including information on its recent Canadian cross-country partner tour and the team’s new Canadian hires, Mr. James Steven Lucas and Mr. Richard Mohns. In the coming months, we will be participating in a several FWSAR-related events. In September, look for us at DEFSEC in Halifax, and in October, at AIAC’s Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa.
Alenia Aermacchi recently added two new Canadian members to Team Spartan: Mr. James Steven Lucas, the former Canadian Forces Chief of Air Staff and Commander of the Air Command, and Mr. Richard Mohns, the former Director of Training and Education Policy for the Canadian Forces. Both will play significant roles in Team Spartan’s government relations operations, bidding process, and overall management of the FWSAR program.
Lucas, a retired LGen, boasts a 38-year military career. He has held senior leadership positions as Chief of the Air Staff and Commander of the Air Command; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff for Defence Policy Review and Homeland Security Issues; Chief of Staff Joint Force Generation; Chief of Staff Human Resources (Military); and Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region. Lucas was the head of Canada's Air Force from 2005-2007 where he was responsible for the Air Force’s strategic planning and daily operations, supervising some 14,500 airmen and women on two continents and managing a $750 million budget. Earlier in his career, he commanded one of Canada's search and rescue squadrons. Before joining Alenia Aermacchi, Lucas was a Senior Associate at Cirrus Research Associates and served as a senior mentor to the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. Lucas holds a B.A. in Engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston. He is a board member of Vintage Wings of Canada.
Mohns has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, defence, and government sectors, including expertise in project and resources management and policy and program development. He served 30 years in the military holding various leadership positions including as Director of Training and Education Policy/Plans for the Department of National Defence; Project Manager for the Canadian SAR Helicopter Project, Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Officer for the 442 Search & Rescue Squadron; and as Special Staff Officer to Director General Aerospace Engineering and Maintenance for the Department of National Defence. Mohns also has experience in the private sector serving in program management and business development roles at Boeing, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada, and L-3 Communications. He holds a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.
On the opportunity to join the team, Lucas said, “As we approach this critical stage, I am excited at the opportunity to assist the Alenia Aermacchi team in preparing what I anticipate will be a very competitive bid for the Fixed Wing SAR Program. I am impressed with all aspects of Team Spartan and believe that the capability represented by the C-27J and its associated Mission Suite represents a huge leap forward for SAR in Canada. ”
Mohns added, “I am delighted to be associated with the Alenia Aermacchi team to bid the C-27J Spartan for Canada’s FWSAR requirement. I have been associated with this program since its inception and I believe strongly that the C-27J Spartan is the right aircraft for Canada. The aircraft’s speed, range, manoeuvrability and large cabin are a perfect fit for Canada’s demanding requirements; as well, it is the most affordable in its class.”
Lucas said his top goal is to enhance the C-27J’s value proposition through working on Team Spartan’s FWSAR proposal: “I want to help mold Team Spartan’s bid so that all of strengths of the C-27J are understood and appreciated for what they are. If we can achieve this then I am confident that the C-27J will emerge at the top of the list.”
When asked about his role on the team, Mohns said, “My intent is to assist Team Spartan to fully understand Canada’s requirements and ensure we are fully compliant in our proposal. Our Canadian team is strong and promises to get stronger; we understand that Canada demands the best return on investment possible in terms of contributing to the growth of the Canadian aerospace sector and Team Spartan is well positioned to satisfy this critical requirement.”
Ben Stone, chief executive officer and president of Alenia Aermacchi North America praised the two new representatives’ experience and capabilities: “We are excited to have both Richard and Steve on-board, as they have a wealth of knowledge and experience in both search and rescue and with the Canadian government. Our primary objective has always been to offer Canada the most capable, best value search and rescue aircraft, and adding the expertise of Steve and Richard to Team Spartan only enhances are ability to reach that goal.”
Team Spartan recently concluded a two-week cross-country Canadian partner tour in support of its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Replacement offering, the C-27J. From July 10-19, team representatives met with more than 50 companies and visited Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Sault Saint Marie and Vancouver.
There were two objectives to the tour: to understand the aerospace and industrial capabilities of each Canadian region as they relate to Team Spartan’s FWSAR offering and to identify new Canadian partners who match Team Spartan’s platform and Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) needs. The team worked with Canada’s five regional economic development agencies to organize meetings with a diverse array of companies whose aerospace capabilities ranged from research and development to component manufacturing to aerostructure production to training and simulation.
“This partner tour represents another important step in building and strengthening Team Spartan’s Canadian supply chain. Our team, which already includes two world-class Canadian companies, is dedicated to advancing the Canadian industrial base, with particular emphasis on well-balanced, regional distribution of benefits and involvement of SMEs,” said Ben Stone, president and chief executive officer of Alenia Aermacchi North America.
He added, “The outcome of the tour was positive; we engaged in many productive meetings with interested partners and have identified a number that could fit with our platform. We will move forward in discussions with those who can best meet our team’s needs and contribute to a strong Canadian supply chain.”
The team’s next step will be to assess the capabilities of each individual company and understand how each could fit Team Spartan’s needs and the requirements of the FWSAR program overall. New team partnerships are expected to be announced in the coming months. Team Spartan will also continue its strong relationships with the regional economic development agencies in order to identify additional opportunities in each specific region.
Team Spartan remains committed to driving superior benefits to all parts of Canada, coast-to-coast-to-coast by creating and supporting new jobs, new work, and new opportunity within Canada’s aerospace sector.
Alenia Aermacchi: first ATR72-600 TMUA delivered to Turkish Navy
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first ATR72-600 TMUA (Turkish Maritime Utility Aircraft) to the Turkish Navy, the first of a total order of eight ATR72s, which consists of two TMUAs and six ATR72-600 TMPA (Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft) maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
Compared to the ATR72-600 basic platform, the two ATR72 TMUA, modified at Alenia Aermacchi’s plants in Napoli-Capodichino and Torino-Caselle, feature new radios; an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe system) and a cabin area equipped with tactical tables and communications equipment for the crew. Both aircraft, to be easily reconfigured into cargo, will be used for utility roles, personnel and cargo logistic transport. The first Turkish Navy flying instructors just completed the training on the new aircraft at Alenia Aermacchi’s Training Centre in Caselle. The second aircraft will be delivered within the first half of August.
The following six multi-role aircraft ATR72-600 TMPAs are being converted by TAI, Turkish Aerospace Industry in Ankara and, further to some additional equipment specific to their multi-role asset, they will integrate the Thales AMASCOS mission system, datalink Link 16, AIS (Automatic Identification System) and a weapons system.
The first TMPA will be delivered to the Turkish Navy in February 2017 and deliveries will be completed by 2018.
Australian Audit Report verifies C-27J capabilities
Recently, the Australian National Audit Office released its findings regarding the 2012 acquisition of 10 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J’s for the Royal Australian Air Force. This report reinforces the C-27J’s proven capability as a medium tactical military airlifter and as a best value solution for a full-range of missions.
The audit report includes several important points, worth noting here since Team Spartan is proposing the same platform for the RCAF’s FWSAR Replacement Program:
- The Australian Defence Department selected the C-27J because of its ability to fly further and faster and carry more than any aircraft in its class and because it best met the RAAF’s requirements.
- The C-27J had significant strengths over competitors: it was the only true off-the-shelf military option, contained logistical advantages, and had systems that are compatible with heavier airlifters and key international air forces, decreasing the risks associated with the aircraft integration.
- The aircraft was selected because it was the “best value for money solution.”
- Despite the complexities of the procurement process between the Australian and U.S. governments, the audit concluded the acquisition approach was compliant with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.
The auditor’s report underscores the C-27J’s international success, superior performance and capabilities, and mission flexibility. These same characteristics are applicable to the FWSAR mission.
- DEFSEC, Booth #401…September 4-6, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- AIAC Summit…October 16-17, Ottawa, Ontario
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