Canadian Forces News

November 23rd, 2008  

Topic: Canadian Forces News

Canadian Forces to Receive Additional Force Protection Vehicles

Publisher: Force Protection, Inc.
Date: 11/17/2008

Ladson, SC (November 17, 2008 -- Force Protection, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT) today announced that it has received a modification under contract M67854-07-C-5039 for the delivery of 14 of its Buffalo A2 route-clearance vehicles and 34 of its Cougar vehicles to the Canadian Government. The undefinitized contract modification carries a dollar value not to exceed $49.4 million and includes vehicles, spare parts and field support. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2009.

This represents the second order for Force Protection vehicles by the Canadian Government. In 2007, Force Protection delivered five Buffalo and five Cougar vehicles for the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.

Michael Moody, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Force Protection, stated, “Our NATO allies continue to face threats from roadside bombs, landmines and many other types of improvised explosive devices. We are delighted that the Canadian military will be receiving this life saving equipment for use in supporting their operations in the global war on terror. This order further solidifies our belief that the Cougar and Buffalo are proving to be the most survivable, sustainable vehicles on the battlefield. We are very pleased that the Canadian government has chosen to procure additional vehicles from Force Protection.”

About Force Protection, Inc.
Force Protection, Inc. is a leading American designer, developer and manufacturer of life saving survivability solutions, predominantly ballistic- and blast-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, the Cougar, the Buffalo and the Cheetah, are designed specifically for reconnaissance, forward command and control, and urban operations and to protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). The Company also is the developer and manufacturer of ForceArmor™ an armor package providing superior protection against explosively formed projectiles (EFPs) now available for a wide range of tactical-wheeled vehicles. The Company is one of the original developers and primary providers of vehicles for the U.S. military’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle program. For more information on Force Protection and its vehicles, visit

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DND seeks more than $2B for vehicles for Afghanistan

Insiders question strategy given tough economic times

David Pugliese, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Monday, November 17, 2008
The Department of National Defence plans to ask the government to approve a multibillion-dollar package to purchase new armoured vehicles and rebuild others that have been worn down by continued use in Afghanistan.
Defence Department equipment and policy bureaucrats, along with army officers, are working on the proposal they hope will be presented sometime next month.
They will ask Defence Minister Peter MacKay to approve three vehicle projects at once and the value of the combined equipment package is estimated to be more than $2 billion.
But privately, some defence industry and military representatives are questioning the strategy of asking the government for blanket approval of such a large amount of money at a time of increasing concern over the economy.
They worry that the price of the vehicle programs will make it easy for some members of cabinet to raise objections and withhold approval for all three.
The Defence Department plan proposes the purchase of what is being called a "close combat vehicle," which would accompany the army's Leopard 2 tanks into action. The proposal also calls for the purchase of a new armoured tactical patrol vehicle and an upgrade of the existing LAV-3 armoured vehicle fleet, which has been worn down in Afghanistan.
Mr. MacKay's press secretary, Jay Paxton, said the minister is open to looking at all equipment proposals from the department.
"The government has been clear in that they will provide our troops with the equipment and protection needed to do the jobs asked of them," Mr. Paxton said. "Having said that, no proposal has come forward to Minister MacKay's office on this particular vehicle acquisition."
Defence officials hope by tying the three projects together they can better explain the need for the vehicles and how they fit into the overall military structure.
The push for new vehicles for the army comes at a time when the air force and navy are also proposing large-scale equipment purchases.
The navy wants a new joint support ship, Arctic patrol vessels and eventually a replacement for its destroyers and frigates. At the same time, about $3 billion will be spent modernizing the existing Halifax-class frigates.
The air force want to acquire 16 Chinook helicopters, new maritime patrol aircraft, search-and-rescue planes and an eventual replacement for the F-18 fighter aircraft.
Alan Williams, the Defence Department's former assistant deputy minister for materiel, said combining programs for blanket approval from cabinet is a risky proposition. He said the Harper government needs to be informed about where the vehicle programs fit into the overall defence policy, what the procurement strategy will be and why these three programs, above others, should proceed.
"You're talking about a couple of hours' worth of discussion for each project," said Mr. Williams, author of the book Reinventing Canadian Defence Procurement. "If you bundle three together, it could be a non-starter.
"It's a lot for ministers to get their head around at one time," he added.
Some cabinet ministers might also object to giving the department blanket approval and may want more control over the process, he said.
The purchase of new vehicles for the army is outlined, but without specifics, in the Conservative government's Canada First defence strategy, released earlier this year.
An army report leaked to the Citizen in the spring outlined the degree to which the Afghanistan war has taken a toll on the LAV-3s, as well as the army's other vehicle fleets.
"All of our equipment is either deployed, being reset, used in training or broken and waiting either labour or spare parts," wrote army commander Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie in the January report.
There is concern among some in the Canadian Forces about whether there will be enough money in future budgets to finance all of the equipment purchases, but Mr. MacKay has continued to point out that the Canada First strategy lays out enough funding for any new acquisitions.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

November 24th, 2008  

Also here is the official press release issued today (late Monday) from Sikorsky:

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 17, 2008 – The first CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, which is being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for the Canadian government as a replacement for its long-serving SEA KING helicopter fleet, has completed its first flight successfully at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in Florida. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The flight occurred Saturday, Nov. 15. Steered by Sikorsky Test Pilots John Armbrust and Rick Becker using state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire technology, the aircraft hovered and accomplished low-speed handling tasks including forward flight at speeds reaching 30 knots, and sideward and rearward maneuvers. The helicopter, Tail No. 801, will continue to undergo a series of increasingly demanding flight tests leading up to certification and production deliveries.

Sikorsky will build 28 CH-148 helicopters for the Canadian government. “The CH-148 helicopter will be a world leader in sophistication and capability for maritime helicopters,” said Program Manager Dan Hunter. “Today’s successful first flight represents a huge milestone, transitioning the program from the prototype build to the flight test stage. The aircraft performed beautifully, easily achieving each maneuver attempted. We’re extremely pleased.”

The CH-148 helicopter represents the next step in Sikorsky’s long planned extension of the S-92 helicopter into the H-92™ helicopter product line. It is equipped with a fully digital, fly-by-wire system designed to improve significantly the aircraft’s maneuverability, safety and effectiveness. The CH-148 helicopter further builds upon Sikorsky’s rugged S-92 helicopter, which meets the most demanding safety standards in North America and Europe.

Among the most sophisticated rotary wing aircraft in the world, the production CH-148 helicopter will be an extremely versatile, multi-mission aircraft with capabilities including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and troop and cargo transport. It will be fully equipped for ship-based operations including automatic blade and tail fold systems and a deck to aircraft recovery assist system. Capitalizing on proven S-92 helicopter capabilities that include a glass cockpit with advanced avionics, systems allowing flight into known icing conditions, flaw tolerant components and state-of–the-art search and rescue equipment, the CH-148 helicopter will incorporate additional mission systems including Forward-Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), 360 degree search radar, passive and active acoustics systems, threat surveillance and countermeasure capabilities, and network link communications.

“The stringent qualification and certification standards of the S-92 helicopter will be further extended through the Canadian military certification process resulting in an aircraft that will meet the most exacting civil and military standards in the world,” said Hunter. “Its proven and expanded design focused on reliability, maintainability and safety will provide operational capabilities at world-class life cycle support cost levels.”
November 24th, 2008  


The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Christian Paradis, the Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay, and the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement, today (Nov. 18 announced that the government awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the purchase of ten structural life extension wing kits for the CP-140 Aurora aircraft.

The CP-140 Aurora aircraft is the Canadian Force's long-range patrol airplane. The CP-140 Aurora Structural Life Extension Contract will ensure that the fleet continues to meet airworthiness standards and remains operational for many years.

“These Aurora core structural upgrades will ensure the Canadian Forces can continue to protect Canada’s maritime and northern sovereignty,” said MacKay said in a news release. “And they are in line with the Government’s pledge to provide Canada’s military with the equipment they need to do their job.”

The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy applies to this contract, meaning that Lockheed Martin will generate one dollar of economic activity in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.
November 24th, 2008  

OTTAWA, November 10, 2008 – Building on its 25-year legacy as the Canadian Navy’s systems integrator, Lockheed Martin Canada and its Halifax-Class Modernization (HCM) industry team today announced the signing of two contracts totaling approximately C$2 billion for the installation, integration and long-term in-service support of a new combat system for Canada’s Halifax-Class frigates.

The Combat Systems Integration (CSI) contract will provide a new command and control system, radars, tactical data links, electronic support measures and other warfare capabilities for the Canadian Navy’s 12 Halifax-class frigates, which were commissioned between 1992 and 1997. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin also will maintain the current command and control systems until the entire fleet has received the retrofit.

“Our technical solution will deliver tremendous new capability to the fleet, and we are already working towards meeting the Navy’s requirements,” said Tom Digan, president of Lockheed Martin Canada. “In anticipation of contract award, we have for the past several months worked to put in place the necessary infrastructure and sub-contractor arrangements to ensure our ability to begin immediate delivery in respect of the demanding schedule requirements.”

The HCM CSI effort will result in an increase in the hiring of skilled engineering, technical and manufacturing employees at Lockheed Martin facilities in Montreal, Ottawa, Esquimalt and Halifax. Over the next 12 months, Lockheed Martin expects to hire up to 200 new employees.

The HCM CSI effort is supported by Lockheed Martin’s Maritime Systems & Sensors business, which is the combat system integrator for all of the U.S. Navy’s Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers, the Littoral Combat Ship Freedom (LCS 1) and for five international navies. In addition, industry team members Saab Systems, Elisra, IBM Canada, CAE Professional Services, L-3 Electronic Systems and xwave all bring relevant domain experience to the Halifax-class modernization program.

Lockheed Martin Canada, the original equipment manufacturer of the Halifax-class frigate’s combat system, has been the vessels’ combat system integrator for the past two decades. It is the in-service support provider for both the Halifax and Iroquois Class vessels. The company hosts the Canadian Navy’s integration lab at its facility in Montreal and employs dedicated teams in Esquimalt, BC, and Halifax, NS, to maintain and upgrade the combat systems, maintenance procedure trainers, and team trainers located there.

Lockheed Martin Canada has about 500 employees at facilities in Kanata (Head office), Montreal, Halifax, Victoria, Esquimalt, Dartmouth, Valcartier, Petawawa and Wainright in order to provide direct support to its customers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.
November 24th, 2008  

The aerospace industry and military’s quest to find new non-petroleum-based fuels is continuing on several fronts in a number of countries.

I’m told that Pratt & Whitney Canada is pushing along with several major projects that could have an impact on the fuels used in aircraft engines and military operations.

It is leading a four-year, university-industry biofuel research project under a Canada-India science and technology agreement. As part of that project, P&WC and its partners will test and compare second-generation biofuels that do not compete with food resources, such as jatropha, algae and biobutanol.

The company is also exploring an ethanol based fuel in conjunction with the NRC on a PT-6 turboprop. In addition PWC will collaborate with Virgin Galactic to test some of Virgin’s fuels at high altitude in PW308 engines that power the White Knight Two space plane mothership.

The quest also continues in the CF. Last year I wrote about the creation of a then relatively new office at NDHQ whose job is to look for alternative energy sources as well as get better performance from equipment that it purchases in the future.

The directorate of fuels and lubricants was seen as a central clearing house on such issues. It not only monitors military fuel consumption but set standards and procedures for the use of alternative energy such as biodiesel. (There has been some interest at Canadian Forces Base Halifax on operating some of the diesel-powered trucks there on a biofuel made from fish oil….but I haven’t heard if that moved ahead).

Despite Senate defence committee testimony to the contrary earlier this year from senior CF leaders, the increasing cost of oil is a concern.

The U.S. military estimates that for every $10 (U.S.) increase in the price of a barrel of oil, its fuel bill climbs $1.3 billion. Its budget for oil has risen from a little more than $5 billion (U.S.) in 2003 to over $8 billion in 2006, even though it’s consumption of petroleum has dropped somewhat. I haven’t seen the latest figures but I’m assuming the pricetag has only gone up.

Similar figures are not available for the Canadian Forces but some DND officials acknowledge the increase in oil prices is draining resources.

The U.S. military has established some projects to ease its energy problems. At some its bases the U.S. uses wind turbines to provide electricity and it is researching solar power as well as hybrid-electric engine technology. In 2006/2007 the U.S. air force conducted experiments flying a B-52 bomber on fuel made partly from natural gas.

Will such fuels be the solution for military energy woes in the future? Who knows?
November 24th, 2008  


Naval frigates to receive $3.1B refit

Shipyards in Halifax, Victoria invited to submit bids to retrofit the 12 frigates

Last Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

CBC News

Ottawa will spend $3.1 billion to refit the navy's entire fleet of Halifax-class frigates, making them "giant floating command posts" to protect Canada at home and around the world, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.
"New, updated equipment will make these ships stronger, safer and better able to do all that we ask them to do," said Harper at the Halifax Dockyard.

Prime Minister Stephen greets the crew of HMCS Halifax on Thursday, after announcing the frigate refit plan.

(Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)
"They are the backbone of the Canadian navy, so by upgrading them we are making the entire navy stronger."
Part of the refit will include enhanced command and control centres on the 12 frigates, allowing them to lead operations instead of simply participating in them, said Harper.
"Now more than ever, our Halifax frigates will be giant floating command posts, standing up for Canada at home and abroad," he said.
The upgrades will also accommodate the new CH-148 Cyclone Maritime helicopters Ottawa has ordered to replace the aging fleet of Sea Kings, said Harper.
Made in Canada

Harper said the entire refit will be done by Canadian companies in Canada.
"It's excellent news for Canadian naval shipyards, their employees and their suppliers, and it is excellent news for Canada," said Harper.
Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor, who appeared at the announcement with Harper along with Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay, said the refit process would start in 2010 and likely take seven years.
"The process will make the 12 frigates relevant for decades to come," said O'Connor.
Shipyards in Halifax and Victoria have been invited to submit bids to retrofit the frigates, he said.
Harper praised the frigate fleet as underappreciated "workhorses" performing missions in the four corners of the world.
"The frigates patrol Canada's three coastlines to protect them from drug traffickers, terrorism, illegal fishing and polluters," said Harper.
Restore international influence

They're also on the front line of the fight against international terrorism, deliver humanitarian aid around the world and protect Canada's Arctic territories, he said.
"Our government is determined to restore our status and influence in the world stage. That means strengthening our ability to stand up for our interests, and having the tools we need to assert and defend those interests."
First commissioned during the Cold War, the Halifax-class frigates were launched between 1988 and 1995.
The announcement came a day after six Canadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Harper's visit in the province was to be brief — he's scheduled to appear in Saskatchewan later in the afternoon.
November 24th, 2008  

Patrol vessels Kingston class and Frigate Halifax class refit


The RCHMG Trials – a Claxon Blast from the OTO Melara ‘PA’ System

In October of 2006, the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre ran OTO Melara’s 12.7mm P.A. ‘Remote Controlled Heavy Machine Gun’ (RCHMG) through its paces aboard a Kingston-class MCDV. The 40mm ‘Boffin’ gun was unshipped and the Italian weapon station substituted for testing. The Navy intends the RCHMG to replace the pintle-mounted 12.7mm Browning M2HB machineguns on both Kingston class and Halifax class frigates.The point of the CFMWC trials was to experiment with shipboard remotely controlled weapons stations while also ‘test-driving’ a new system, albeit one from a familiar supplier.

Maritime Command is discarding its $100M mid-life refit plan for the twelve vessels in this class. Instead, MCDVs will be replaced by new vessels to enter service in 2020. It had been intended to retain the ‘mid-lifed’ vessels through 2045-2055 however, Maritime Command has concluded that the money would be better spent in acquiring a new platform. MARCOM's review listed low speed and small size as reasons for the MCDV being inadequate for patrol duties (both are factors of the original specification). Critics note that patrol and training were tacked onto the mine-countermeasures role and that the platform lacks serious armament for a sovereignty enforcement role.
The Kingston class is armed with twin 12.7 mm (50 cal) M2HB machine guns on either side of the bridge but the main armament is a Bofors 40 mm L/60 Mk 5NC, a significantly refitted version of a gun dating from 1944. A replacement for this gun (the OTO Melara 12.7 mm RCHMG) is being trialed
In October 2006 Maritime Command experimented with mounting a remote controlled heavy machine gun station in place of the 40mm Bofors cannon aboard HMCS Summerside. (PAGE 12/32)
November 24th, 2008  

(Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan 2002, during Operation Anaconda, the first combat action of canadian forces since the Korea war in 1950-1953. Behind a U.S CH-47D)

First of long-awaited helicopters arrive in Kandahar

Updated Thu. Oct. 30 2008 3:30 PM ET
The Canadian Press
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Canadian pilots are finally flying long-awaited transport helicopters over the Afghan battlefield.
The Canadian Air Force is confirming that the first of six Chinook helicopters to be purchased from the United States are now at the Kandahar Airfield base.
"A small number of Canadian Forces aircrew are in Afghanistan undergoing training on these aircraft," said Maj. Dave Sullivan from Ottawa.
"They are not expected to be operational until early 2009."
Canadian crews must also be trained in the care and maintenance of the Chinooks before the helicopters can be fully worked into battle planning.
Canada has not yet officially taken delivery of the choppers, which will cost a total of $292 million, although that is expected soon.
The deal was announced last August. Canada is buying six used CH-47D Chinooks from the Americans and Canadian pilots began training on the aircraft in the United States over the summer.
The Chinooks are capable of carrying heavy payloads or several dozen soldiers. Their presence will reduce the need for military convoys to carry supplies or troops over Afghanistan's treacherous, bomb-laden roads.
A total of 40 out of Canada's 97 combat deaths in Afghanistan have come from improvised explosive devices, although not all those deaths occurred during convoys.
Still, Canada is the only major country in the ISAF alliance that doesn't have its own helicopter support, forcing its troops to rely on other nations, hitching rides when they were available.
Provision of some kind of helicopter support was one of the conditions under which Parliament extended Canada's combat mission to 2011. Helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft were both recommended by a panel led by former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley.
The push to get battlefield helicopters into Kandahar was mired in defence bureaucracy for almost two years.
The internal debate pitted the army, eager to reduce soldiers' exposure to deadly roadside bombs, against a frustrated air force that sought a versatile aircraft, useful in more places than just Afghanistan.
November 24th, 2008  


Military and security planning for the 2010 Olympic Games in British Columbia is still in its early stages. But one of the things that crossed my desk recently are the numbers of Canadian Forces helicopters that could be involved. I’m told at this stage 28 Griffons will be assigned to the Games for security duties. (With a year and a half still to go I'd expect that number to change).

Now of course, a number of those Griffons will be on standby for JTF2, which will be discretely waiting in the wings to respond to any major security threat. Others will be used for surveillance.

The Air Force has launched the Interoperable Griffon Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance System (INGRESS) project will acquire 19 electro-optical/infra-red sensor systems to be installed on the helicopters. Sixty-four Griffons are to be modified to carry the equipment. (The first delivery of the systems would be in November. The final delivery would be by the summer of next year. Bell Helicopter in Mirabel would be installing the systems on board the Griffons.)

The Griffons outfitted with the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance package will be ready to go for the Olympics.

But those I was talking to in the Air Force world made an interesting point. Twenty-eight helicopters means at least 28 full Griffon crews. That’s a lot of crews and pilots and one reason - it has been suggested to me - that Griffons aren’t going to be sent to Afghanistan any time soon to fly escort for the Chinook helicopters the Canadian Forces will be using. As you recall, Canada is now looking to its allies to supply escort choppers for the used Chinook Ds the Canadian Forces will be operating in Kandahar in 2009.

The other bone of contention in regards to the Olympics is that local helicopter firms in the Vancouver and Whistler area are ticked off because of flying restrictions that will be placed over a number of areas. They say that will cut into their business at a time when business should be very very good.

New sensors for Griffons

Canadian Forces' CH-146 Griffon helicopters will receive new imaging sensors - along with the necessary controls and displays - under the Interoperable Griffon Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance System (INGRESS) project.
The INGRESS project will procure up to 19 electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sensor systems for installation on the Griffon helicopters as mission kits. These sensor systems will enable crews to conduct reconnaissance and escort missions in direct support of tactical units on deployed operations, and domestic employment tasks.
"The system will give the Griffon helicopter the capability to conduct escort missions to support CF expeditionary deployments," said Major Paul Kreller, Project Director for INGRESS. "It will give the crews the mission equipment with the performance characteristics that will enable the Griffon to function more effectively in operational environments."
The INGRESS project will also procure a weapon system for use in the escort role. "The capabilities provided to the Griffon through the INGRESS project do not represent new roles for the helicopter. We are just equipping it with the mission kit that will provide the crews with the tools that will enable them to function more effectively," said Maj Kreller.
Domestically, the INGRESS could be employed to support the national or international events hosted in Canada, such as the 2010 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games, or in assistance to other government departments when responding to natural disasters or emergencies.
November 24th, 2008  

New Hercs - faster, higher, farther

The Government of Canada is investing $1.4 billion to purchase 17 J-model C-130 Hercules from Lockheed Martin to replace the oldest of the current Hercules fleet.

"The resemblance to our existing planes is only skin deep," said Defence Minister Peter MacKay at the contract announcement. "The new Hercs fly faster, higher and farther. And they carry heavier loads while burning less fuel. They deliver cutting edge technology to provide the Canadian Forces with a cost-effective, operations-proven tactical airlift capacity."
The Royal Canadian Air Force first purchased the CC-130 B-model Hercules in 1960; one was lost in a crash while the others were sold back to the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, in 1967. Between 1964 and 1968, the Canadian military purchased 24 E-models, of which 19 are still in service. Then, between 1975 and 1996, Canada purchased 16 H-models, of which 13 are still in service. Currently, the fleet consists of 32 aircraft. Recently, 5 E-model aircraft have been removed from active service leaving an active fleet of 27 aircraft.
Delivery of the first C-130J is expected in 2010. How will the new Hercules compare to the older models?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
First C-130J Super Hercules visit to Canada since contract signing

Canadian Forces’ New Tactical Airlifter on Display at Abbotsford Air Show

Abbotsford, British Columbia

The Abbotsford Air Show is the first Canadian event to host a C-130J Super Hercules since Lockheed Martin signed a contract with the Government of Canada valued at $1.4 billion to purchase 17 of the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter plus related equipment and services.

One C-130J Super Hercules from the 146th Airlift Wing of the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station will be on display at the Abbotsford Air Show in British Columbia from August 8 through 10. This is the same type of aircraft that will be delivered to the Canadian Forces starting in 2010. Canada has joined the growing number of nations with C-130J fleets—allied operators include the United States, Australia, Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom, and Norway and India have C-130J fleets on order.
“The C-130J is a proven, available, rugged aircraft capable of performing a full spectrum of tactical airlift missions in demanding environments,” said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin Vice-President for Air Mobility. “We are confident it will become Canada’s new workhorse and serve the Canadian Forces well for years to come.”
The new C-130J generates much greater operational efficiency than the older C-130s, such as Canada’s E and H model, by flying farther, faster, with more payload and higher reliability. Additionally, the C-130J only requires three crew members for most missions so fewer flight crew members are exposed to potential threats in-theatre. C-130Js are currently deployed in several theatres and are operating at a very high tempo efficiently and reliably. C-130Js are being used daily for troop and equipment re-supply via ground delivery and airdrop, for air-to-air refuelling, ground refuelling and humanitarian relief.
“Contract signing began the process of working with the Federal Government and Canadian industry to put a 20-year In-Service Support (ISS) program in place for the new fleet,” said Mr. Grant. Lockheed Martin will conduct a series of competitions to select Canadian companies to deliver the ISS capability in Canada. “We look forward to utilizing this acquisition to strengthen our relationship with Canada,” added Grant. “It is in that spirit that we will be announcing Canadian partnerships—and the full C-130J Canadian Industrial Team—later this year.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs approximately 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.

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