With a busy spring of events including CANSEC and Aéro Montréal, and the timely announcement of our new contract with team member Esterline CMC Electronics for the C-27J’s flight management system, Team Spartan’s momentum is strong.
Although the FWSAR procurement remains in its pre-RFP period after this stage's closing date was extended, all signs, including the recently released Defence Acquisition Guide, point to the release of the RFP this Fall. Backed by its well-balanced and highly capable line-up of Canadian aerospace companies, Team Spartan is eager to compete in the FWSAR procurement process as Canada moves towards the release of the RFP in this, one of Canada's longest active procurement programmes.
All parts of Team Spartan, which encompasses many highly qualified Canadian firms, are fully committed to bringing high value work to Canada in key areas of technology. From all current indications, this can be done within existing budget limitations.
Team Spartan is gearing up for an eventful summer and fall, with representation at Abbotsford Air Show in Lower Mainland British Columbia, and DefSec in Halifax. To support these shows, the team recently launched a new advertising campaign that clearly demonstrates why the C-27J is the best value solution for Canada (shown above).
As the Canadian government gears up to make a series of decisions on procurement, Team Spartan remains ready to bring Canada the best value platform for FWSAR, while delivering high value jobs to Canadians.
Team Spartan has Strong Presence at Canada’s Largest Defence Trade Show
Team Spartan exhibited the C-27J for the upcoming Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) FWSAR Program at the Canadian Association Defence and Security’s Annual CANSEC Trade Show from May 28 – May 29 at the EY Centre in Ottawa. At CANSEC 2014, Team Spartan had a substantial presence with representation in three booths.
At the DRS Technologies Canada, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada (GDC), and KF Aerospace booths, Team Spartan showcased full-scale models of the C-27J, video and graphic images depicting the C-27J's capability to operate in austere conditions. As a highlight, Team Spartan announced its latest agreement with Team Spartan member Esterline CMC Electronics. Esterline CMC Electronics was selected to provide the C-27J’s flight management system for both the FWSAR C-27J and its worldwide C-27J fleet.
Team Spartan’s presence went well beyond the boundaries of the CANSEC show itself. On May 27, CEO and President of Alenia Aermacchi’s North America business unit, Ben Stone, spoke at a prestigious aerospace forum at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The event was titled, Aerospace and Defence Industry in Italy and Canada: Towards Global Cooperation and was organized by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Ministry of Defence, in association with the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defence and Security companies (AIAD).
Team Spartan Attends Western Innovation Forum in Vancouver
Team Spartan attended the Western Innovation Forum in Vancouver, Canada on April 16-17. The purpose of the forum was to provide an open platform for the aerospace, defence and security industries to exchange dialogue and ideas and network for innovation driven investments, partnerships, and business opportunities. The keynote speaker was the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Diane Finley, with additional presentations from:
The Department of National Defence (DND)’s RAdm Pat Finn, Chief of Staff of Materials Group
PWGSC’s Tom Ring, ADM Acquisitions Branch
Industry Canada’s Phil Jennings, ADM, Industry Sector.
In total, there were more than 500 registrants, plus representation from three federal ministers. The four dynamic moderated discussions, 14 technology demonstrations, forums on 17 federal and provincial innovation support programs, and the 143 Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government meetings all demonstrated to the Western Innovation Forum’s utility for Canadian and foreign prime contractors and suppliers seeking to expand their engagement with Canada and grow their support of Canada’s new Defence Procurement Strategy.
Esterline CMC Electronics to Provide Flight Management System for C-27J Spartan
Alenia Aermacchi recently selected Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to provide the flight management system (FMS) for its worldwide C-27J Spartan fleet and for Team Spartan’s offering for the upcoming FWSAR Program.
Esterline CMC Electronics was also recently selected to supply its TacView® Portable Mission Display and SureSight® Enhanced Vision System sensor for Team Spartan in Canada. The company, headquartered in Montreal, has over 100 years of experience providing high-technology electronics products, facilities in Ottawa and Montreal, and over 1,000 employees across Canada. CMC’s high-performance FMS systems are already at the heart of the Canadian Department of National Defence A310 Polaris fleet upgrade Program.
CMC’s Flight Management System selected by Alenia Aermacchi is fully certified for use in commercial aviation and military aviation aircraft. It combines both the flight management and the ARINC 739 MCDU control display unit functions in the same cockpit mounted enclosure. It incorporates not only the flight navigation features, but also provides control and display for external subsystems. It is unique among FMS equipment offered for retrofit applications as it provides tactical procedures as well as several fully certified FMS-resident functions to support future CNS/ATM and GATM functionalities, which will be progressively introduced over the coming years (2014-2020).
General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada’s Role in Delivering James Bond – Like Capabilities
"The Block III modernization puts the Aurora tops among the world's leading surveillance planes of its kind" said Major-General Pierre St-Amand, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region, in a recent article called Canada’s modernized CP-140 Aurora has ‘James Bond’ properties.
"Given Canada's vast maritime domains, its Arctic region to protect, including the wide variety of missions that we do both domestically and internationally, the modernized Aurora will deliver capabilities to better enable commanders to react decisively in any mission."
As the prime system integrator of the Block III mission sensors and systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada played a major role in delivering that James Bond-like capability.
"The Aurora was originally acquired in the 1980s, and the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project (AIMP), consisting of blocks of modernization work, began in 1998 to upgrade its capabilities. The Block III upgrades focused on Aurora’s suite of mission avionics, including navigation, communications, mission computer and sensors, and enables the Aurora’s capabilities in a variety of roles, including search and rescue, airborne surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as command and control.
GD Canada developed the Integrated Mission System (IMS) for the upgraded Aurora aircraft. Designed specifically for Canada, the IMS incorporates new radar, electro-optics, electronic support measures, acoustics and magnetic anomaly detector subsystems, and interfaces with the communication and navigation systems.
The focal point of the IMS is the Company’s Data Management System which coordinates information gathered from the Aurora’s extensive suite of modern on-board sensors to deliver an integrated view of all mission information and to provide unmatched situational awareness to Aurora crews.
General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada brings this expertise to Team Spartan as the mission system integrator for the C-27J. It will be responsible for modifying the aircraft to accept high tech sensors and the computers that manage them, increasing the search and rescue crew's ability to detect rescue targets. In addition, GDC will serve as the in-service support (ISS) integrator for the C-27J.
More information on GD Canada’s mission systems can be found at www.gdmissionsystems.com
UPDATE: The Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise and is currently underway in Honolulu Hawaii. Two of the three Auroras that the RCAF has brought to the largest naval war games in the world have new Canadian-made Block III sensors and mission computers that may give Canada the deadliest anti-submarine warfare platform in the world. Read about the Aurora’s cutting edge capability in the PostMedia News article: Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare.
Alenia Aermacchi Awarded Training Contract with United States Coast Guard
Alenia Aermacchi has been awarded a contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide training services for initial cadre members who will fly the USCG’s newly acquired C-27J. The training will consist of in-class sessions, flight simulation instruction, and in-flight training for USCG pilots and loadmasters.
In 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received 14 C-27Js through the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The aircraft will be used for medium range surveillance USCG missions such as maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue.
The C-27J represents a highly efficient, cost-effective solution to the USCG’s recapitalization program. Its selection by the USCG reinforces the C-27J’s proven adaptability, maneuverability, and speed for maritime and search and rescue missions.
Finmeccanica Present at Aéro Montréal B2B Event
Finmeccanica, including representatives from Team Spartan, were part of an Aéro Montréal Business-to-Business Event on May 26 in Montréal. The event focused on the aerospace industry relationship between Quebec and Italy. Finmeccanica presented to the audience on the capabilities and strength of the Group and how those capabilities match those of the current needs of the Canadian Government. The audience appreciated the long term commitment that Finmeccanica has demonstrated over decades to enhance the Canadian global supply chain.
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi attends Farnborough 2014
From July 14-20, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica company) participated at the Farnborough International Air Show, one of the largest and well-recognized international aerospace and defence sector tradeshows, an event that takes place every two years in England.
Alenia had a number of products on display. These included the M-346 Ground Based Training System Demonstrator Device (GDD); the Eurofighter simulator, a simulator called E-ACPT (EF-Aircraft Cockpit Procedure Trainer), a flight training system that allows an advanced pilot training on the Typhoon; the M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) in both static display with a mock-up and in flight display (with the avionic demonstrator); and the MC-27J, that just two years ago had made its official debut at the Farnborough International Air Show.
During the show, Alenia Aermacchi and ATK announced that the MC-27J had successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force (ITAF). The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK's side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon. The ITAF MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a Gunship, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; various radio and data links and ATK's Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) palletized gun and mission control systems.
At Finmeccanica's static area, it was also possible to visit the Sukhoi Superjet 100 of the Interjet Airline, the 100-seat regional aircraft that features leading-edge technology, a full fly-by-wire system and “In Flight Entertainment Solution” (IFE), operational flexibility with lower costs and comfort similar to that of a narrow-body aircraft.
- Abbostford Airshow, August 7-8, British Columbia
- DEFSEC 2014, September 3-5, Halifax