General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada

With an established Canadian presence for more than 60 years with employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada is Canada’s largest defence electronics company with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the production of leading-edge, technology-based, integrated solutions for land, airborne and maritime applications. The company’s success is based on strong systems engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders, and a singular focus on customer service. The company’s portfolio of next-generation Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions and integrated mission systems is backed by complete systems integration and in-service support. General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada is part of General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NY SE:GD).
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General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada traces its Ottawa roots to 1948, when two local engineers started Computing Devices Canada to produce defense electronics.   Now, our Ottawa headquarters is home to almost 800 of our 1200+ employees and specializes in Airborne C4ISR Systems, Naval systems and products and vehicle electronics. 

As part of previous IRB programs, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada established major operations in the Maritimes and Western Canada.  We have a 48,000-square-foot Maritime Support Center of Excellence in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia that opened in 2008 and supports the Canadian Forces’ east coast operations.  Our 143,000 square foot Calgary facility opened in 1993 and specializes in tactical communications, employing 400 people locally. 

General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada is a trusted mission system integrator for the RCAF.  Our tactical data management system is the backbone of the CP-140 Block III aircraft which are currently entering service.  That same system is at the core of the RCAF’s new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.  When these fleets reach full operational capability, this home-grown Canadian technology will make these assets the most advanced, and most capable maritime patrol aircraft in the world.  This means that we understand how to missionize platforms for RCAF use better than anyone else in the world.  This reduces FWSAR program risk in a very significant way.  Leveraging commonality with technology already deployed in other fleets will also reduce long term support costs which, over a 20 year support contract, are substantial.

That 20 year In Service Support phase is a critical aspect of this program and one where we are well positioned to excel. We have been supporting the Army, Navy and Air Force for over 60 years; we understand what is required to keep the equipment available at a high level of readiness over an extended period.  

This program is extremely important for General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada.  As a trusted partner to the RCAF on the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program (AIMP) and the CH-148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopter Program we are in the business of delivering world-leading airborne C4ISR capabilities.  We want to continue that partnership and help DND leverage the investment they have already made in their airborne mission systems.  With AIMP deliveries underway and Cyclones ready to fly, the FWSAR program would provide relevant and meaningful work for the team of experts here at General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada as well as the trusted Canadian support contractors on whom we currently rely.

Additionally, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada has one of the largest and most comprehensive logistics and support engineering teams in Canada. With more than 130 support engineers and analysts in Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax, the company’s Integrated Lifecycle Support Services (ILSS) team designs, develops and delivers in service support solutions for airborne, maritime and ground platforms.  The FWSAR program would allow General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada to continue leveraging its domain knowledge and extensive supply base across the country to maintain the operational readiness of DND’s platforms for years to come.