Proposal for CSC

Navantia team has announced the submission of its proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program.

Navantia team submits proposal for CSC
Navantia team submits proposal for CSC

«We are pleased to announce that Navantia-led team has submitted its tender response for the Canadian Surface Combatant program, with Saab Australia as the Combat Systems Integrator (CSI) and CEA Technologies providing key elements of the proposed solution. With a strong heritage in designing and building frigates and destroyers and proven technology transfer in global programs, the Navantia team offers a compliant solution with the best capability for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian shipbuilding industry», said Navantia Chairman Esteban García Vilasánchez.

The team’s proposal is focused on delivering an operationally proven design and leveraging the capabilities key Canadian companies to deliver a ship that is ideally suited to Canada’s requirement. A solution based on the proven F-105 frigate design for the Spanish Navy has been proposed. Navantia has a proud history of delivering for partner navies around the world variants of this design that are currently in service for Norwegian Navy and, most recently, the destroyer HMAS Hobart to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

This modern Anti-Submarine Warfare ship will incorporate Saab’s globally recognised 9LV Combat Management Systems (CMS), elements of which are in service on over 240 platforms in 16 navies across the globe, including Canada’s own Halifax class frigates. Demonstrating the proven capabilities Saab Australia and the 9LVCMS it was recently mandated by the Australian Government for use on all major surface combatants of the Royal Australian Navy.

«Our expertise in developing high quality solutions for Australian programs in partnership with CEA Technologies, Navantia and others allows us to provide a low-risk, high capability solution for Canada, which will be fully interoperable with partner navies. The confidence of the Australian Government in mandating Saab combat systems and tactical interfaces across the whole RAN fleet demonstrates the strength of our capability and we look forward to continuing to work with the Royal Australian and Royal Canadian Navies to continue to develop our world-leading systems».

The submission of the CSC bid is also a significant moment for CEA Technologies, providing further opportunities for global partnership, and recognition of the radar expertise the company has built.

«We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Canada in the CSC program», said CEA Technologies CEO Merv Davis.

«We can deliver a mature radar which is outperforming the expectations of the Royal Australian Navy and has substantial potential for future growth. Building partnerships through international programs such as CSC is an opportunity for CEA to continue to demonstrate the performance of our innovative solutions. We are proud to be able to provide our Australian technologies to our international partners and allies».

«Other key suppliers engaged by Saab to support the CSC program include Lockheed Martin (Moorestown, New Jersey), General Dynamic Mission Systems – Canada (GDMS-C), DRS Technologies Limited Canada (DRS TCL), OSI Maritime Service and Rheinmetall Canada».

«Our solution will utilise and develop the unique capabilities of over fifty Canadian companies and will create over one thousand long-term, high tech jobs in Canada. Our proposal includes a full technology transfer of Navantia’s design and Saab’s 9LV CMS to Canada to be integrated and maintained by Canadian companies».

«The F-105 is far beyond the conceptual stage of a slowly evolving design process, and is marketed based on proven operational performance as opposed to claims of wishful thinking.  Selection of the Navantia solution will ensure Canada is not burdened with unnecessary cost and risk concerns as CSC transitions from design, to production and ultimately, to a proven operational capability».

«An exciting opportunity, the Navantia team looks forward to having the opportunity to work with Canada in developing and delivering the full capability of the Canadian Surface Combatant to the Royal Canadian Navy».

Under the CSC program, the Royal Canadian Navy will acquire up to 15 frigates to replace the Iroquois Class destroyers and Halifax Class frigates. Construction of the frigates will begin in the early 2020s.

The 12th Atlas

The Directorate General of Armament (DGA) on November 22, 2017 took delivery of the twelfth A400M Atlas military transport aircraft for the French Air Force. The aircraft carries the serial number MSN62.

The French air force’s twelfth Airbus A400M airlifter on the ramp at Sevilla shortly before its handover (DGA photo)
The French air force’s twelfth Airbus A400M airlifter on the ramp at Sevilla shortly before its handover (DGA photo)

Beyond the tactical and logistical capabilities of its predecessors, this aircraft is the first to be equipped with 2 pods for refueling aircraft in flight. Other aircraft in the fleet will be progressively equipped with this capability during retrofit campaigns. The MSN 62 will fly to its home base at Orléans-Bricy airbase in the coming days.

A tactical military transport aircraft with a strategic reach, the A400M, produced by Airbus Defense and Space, is unmatched in the global market. Equipped with four turboprops, it is designed to carry up to 37 tons of equipment and carry out all missions related to transport, including inter- and intra-theater links, assault landings on rough terrain, the personnel and equipment delivery by parachute – including from very high altitudes – air refueling and medical evacuations.

The Ministry of the Armed Forces will have received 15 A400Ms by 2019, in accordance with the Military Programming Law 2014-2019.

France now expects to have caught up with delivery delays as it will have 15 of the aircraft in service by 2019, as stated in its 2015-19 program law (DGA photo)
France now expects to have caught up with delivery delays as it will have 15 of the aircraft in service by 2019, as stated in its 2015-19 program law (DGA photo)



Overall Length 45.10 m/148 feet
Overall Height 14.70 m/48 feet
Wing Span 42.40 m/139 feet
Cargo Hold Length (ramp excluded) 17.71 m/58 feet
Cargo Hold Height 3.85-4.00 m/12 feet 7 inch-13 feet
Cargo Hold Width 4.00 m/13 feet
Cargo Hold Volume 340 m3/12,000 feet3
Maximum Take Off Weight 141,000 kg/310,850 lbs
Maximum Landing Weight 123,000 kg/271,200 lbs
Internal Fuel Weight 50,500 kg/111,300 lbs
Maximum Payload 37,000 kg/81,600 lbs
EuroProp International TP400-D6 11,000 shp/8,200 kW
Maximum Operating Altitude 12,200 m/40,000 feet
Maximum Cruise Speed (TAS) 300 knots/345 mph/555 km/h
Cruise Speed Range 0.68-0.72 M
Range with Maximum Payload (37,000 kg/81,600 lbs) 1,780 NM/2,050 miles/3,300 km
Range with 30,000 kg/66,000 lbs Payload 2,450 NM/2,796 miles/4,500 km
Range with 20,000 kg/44,000 lbs Payload 3,450 NM/3,977 miles/6,400 km
Maximum Range (Ferry) 4,700 NM/5,406 miles/8,700 km


Next Generation
Combat Vehicle

The likelihood is high that the Army won’t get to pick the time and place of its choosing for the next battle, said General Robert Abrams.

A Bradley belonging to the 1st Cavalry Division is shown here in Rukla, Lithuania during Operation Atlantic Resolve (Photo Credit: Staff Sergeant Keith Anderson)
A Bradley belonging to the 1st Cavalry Division is shown here in Rukla, Lithuania during Operation Atlantic Resolve (Photo Credit: Staff Sergeant Keith Anderson)

But it’s likely that the next battle will take place in a megacity, said Abrams, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command. He spoke, November 30, here during the Future Ground Combat Vehicles Summit.

«The chance of fighting in a megacity is going to go through the roof», he said, pointing out that there are currently 25 megacities across the world. A megacity is defined as a city of 25 million or more inhabitants. By 2035, the number of megacities is projected to double.

Coincidentally, 2035 is also the target delivery date for what is currently the Army’s conceptual Next Generation Combat Vehicle, or NGCV, he said.

Recent fighting in countries throughout the Middle East validate the value of combat vehicles in urban areas, but also reveal vulnerabilities, Abrams said. The NGCV will address such shortfalls.

Dense, urban terrain diminishes the effectiveness of fighting vehicles, which are impacted by obstacles, large civilian populations, and confined spaces, he noted. In such confined spaces, enemy dismounts are better able to isolate individual vehicles at close range, and employ anti-armor fire and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) of all types.

In light of those difficulties, requirements for NGCVs will include enhancements to optimize performance in urban environments, he stressed.



Another key consideration in the design of the NGCV is that the vehicle must contribute to a reduced logistics tail, or supply line, Abrams said. Reducing the logistics tail will enable the maneuver force to move more quickly and with greater agility.

The general offered several ways this could be accomplished. If the NGCV were to employ hybrid energy systems, for instance, that could reduce the need for fuel resupply convoys.

Other ways to reduce sustainment requirements include such things as speed diagnostics that support field maintenance and component ruggedness and life extension, he said.

Other capabilities of the NGCV might include:

  • Reactive armor;
  • Active protection systems;
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Autonomy and/or teaming;
  • Advanced target sensors;
  • Lasers;
  • Precision, extreme-range lethality;
  • Potential to accommodate future upgrades.

«That’s an aggressive list», Abrams said. «And, it is unlikely all of these can be built into the Next Generation Combat Vehicle in that timeline. But that’s OK».

What’s important, he said, is that those items signal a green light from the Army to industry to deliver the most capable system that can be produced with existing technology, anchored in doctrine.

Another challenge, he pointed out, is balancing the age-old tradeoff of survivability with weight, agility and lethality.

«Ideally, we would be able to trade weight for protection other than armor», he said, explaining that will require advances in material science, along with innovations in active and passive defenses.

Whatever the outcome, the end product must be able to dominate peer enemies that have fielded their own version of a next-generation vehicle, he said.



Abrams said when developing the NGCV, the Army must resist the urge to do side-by-side comparisons with other combat vehicles.

For instance, the Russian T-14 tank provided «an avalanche» of recent discussion about their approach of putting all the crew in the hull for the first time for protection, using auto-loaders and re-introducing capabilities to launch missiles through the main gun, Abrams said.

«Don’t rush to judgment that Next Generation Combat Vehicle should have similar capabilities like an automated turret and putting all the crew in the hull», he said.

«Instead, the conclusion of what the vehicle should look like should be based on optimizing advantages for how we conduct combined arms maneuver and not simply that we want to match Russian or other country approaches», he said.



Abrams outlined a strategy for pursuing the NGCV. «I will continue to recommend that we lay out a realistic program, matched with engineering realities and communicate that frequently to Army senior leaders and to Congress. That is a far better approach in my opinion, than our history of overpromising and under-delivering», he said.

He pointed to the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program that was terminated in 2008 as a «cautionary tale of what happens when we adopt too aggressive a timeline linked to gold-plated requirements». That does not mean there should be a sub-optimal solution, he added.

The NGCV must have «leap-ahead, breakthrough technology which should be a revolutionary improvement over what’s available today», he said, noting his own experience in the 1980s as an armor officer, going through the transition to the M-1 Tank and M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Those were revolutionary in many aspects, he said.

The M-1 introduced superior crew protection, all-condition precision firepower on-the-move, maneuverability and dash speed which altered the geometry of the battlefield and provided decisive overmatch against Cold War enemies and every enemy since then, he said.

The Bradley was the first true infantry fighting vehicle, he said. Unlike with its predecessor, the M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier, the Bradley gave the Army the ability to get troops to their objective under armor with turret weapons and multiple precision direct fires options: The Bushmaster Chain Gun, Coaxial Machine Gun and TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missile.

«Today, 40 years later, they’re still our primary fighting vehicles», he concluded. «We’ve made tremendous incremental improvements but they are reaching the end of their lifecycle. We’re in a race against time».

Missile Moyenne Portée

France’s defence procurement agency, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), has accepted the delivery to the French Armed Forces of the first batch of 50 missiles and 20 firing posts from the new MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile) system.

MMP used by dismounted troops during training operation
MMP used by dismounted troops during training operation

The deliveries were conducted between 15 and 23 November. The new system will gradually replace the Milan, the HOT missiles mounted on VAB Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the ERYX for some of these missiles. It will be issued to French Army infantry and cavalry units, and to Special Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The MMP programme will see the delivery of 400 firing posts and 1,750 missiles across all of the French Armed Forces by 2025. The first deliveries will be used to train future users. The weapon system will be deployed in operations in the course of 2018.

The DGA, which awarded MBDA the MMP contract in 2013, qualified the system last July, clearing the way for serial production. The government-run techno-operational trials at the DGA’s test centre in Bourges from August to October 2017, with the assistance of operational experts from the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT), underlined the excellent performances of the system and confirmed that it met the requirement of the armed forces.

Thanks to input from army experts since the early stages of development and through to qualification, the MMP benefits from lessons learned in recent operational engagements. It offers both ‘fire-and-forget’ and ‘man-in-the-loop’ capabilities. The first enables fixed or mobile targets to be hit without intervention by the operator during the missile’s flight. The second allows the operator to change targets mid-flight, to refine the point of impact, or to divert the missile; it also opens up the possibility of firing at hidden targets beyond the direct line of sight.

The weapon system can be used by day and by night. Its multi-purpose warhead is effective against a wide variety of targets such as vehicles, armour, infrastructures and personnel. Its extreme accuracy gives it the ability to strike at a range of over 4,000 metres/13,123 feet while minimising the risk of collateral damage. Finally, the missile can be fired from confined spaces, a crucial characteristic for urban combat. MMP can be fired by dismounted infantrymen and is also to be fitted on the EBRC (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat – Reconnaissance and Combat Armoured Vehicle) Jaguar armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle, due to be delivered to the French Army in 2020.



Weight (incl. Tube) 15 kg/33 lbs
Length 1.3 m/4.26 feet in tactical canister
Diameter 140 mm/5.5 inches
Range 4,000 metres/13,123 feet


Romania signs agreement

The government of Romania signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon’s combat proven Patriot from the U.S. Army. The agreement, formally referred to as a Letter of Offer and Acceptance, paves the way for Romania’s Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability, and sets the stage for the U.S. government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon.

Romania on fast track to become 14th nation to entrust Air and Missile Defense to Patriot
Romania on fast track to become 14th nation to entrust Air and Missile Defense to Patriot

Raytheon’s Patriot Solutions is a missile defense system consisting of radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors, all working together to detect, identify and defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones, advanced aircraft and other threats. Patriot is the foundation of integrated air and missile defense for 13 nations.

Patriot is a purely defensive system that is the backbone of NATO’s defense against ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced aircraft and drones.  Romania’s procurement of the system will help the country meet its NATO commitment to spend at least 2% of its Gross Domestic Product on defense.

«With its newly built Patriot capability, Romania’s military will have the ability to defend Romania and its NATO allies», said Tom Laliberty, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. «Patriot will also enable Romanian air defenders to train, exercise and interoperate with their U.S. and European counterparts».

Thirteen other nations depend on Patriot to protect their citizens and armed forces, including the U.S. and four other European nations: Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

«This procurement will create jobs in both the U.S. and Romania», Laliberty added. «Raytheon is developing long-term relationships with Romanian companies to help us build and sustain Romania’s Patriot fleet».

Romania will receive the Patriot Configuration 3+, the most advanced configuration available, as well as an undisclosed quantity of Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile (GEM-T) and Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor missiles. These interceptors will enable Romania’s military to defeat current and emerging threats.


Two days prior to the procurement closure date, Lockheed Martin Canada has confirmed delivery of the proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program signifying that the acquisition has moved to the next critical phase.

Canada's Combat Ship Team: BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics Join Forces to Deliver Canadian Surface Combatant Proposal
Canada’s Combat Ship Team: BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics Join Forces to Deliver Canadian Surface Combatant Proposal

BAE Systems, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics are partnering as Canada’s Combat Ship Team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet of surface combatants. Canada’s Combat Ship Team is offering the most advanced and modern warship design, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS), with high-tech platform innovations from prominent Canadian companies. The solution includes the internationally renowned Canadian-developed combat management system, CMS 330.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team’s approach to the CSC project exclusively parallels the Canadian Government’s Defence Policy, which is the foundation for the offering: Strong, Secure and Engaged.

STRONG. Canada’s Combat Ship Team’s approach to the strategic objective STRONG is to provide the right ship for the Royal Canadian Navy that surpasses baseline requirements with minimal change. This solution represents the lowest development risk and is underpinned by Canadian doctrine; interoperability with five-eyes nations and other NATO allies; ability to achieve safety certification and security accreditation; ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment; and ease of upgradeability to address future capabilities.

SECURE. Under the pillar of SECURE, Canada’s Combat Ship Team’s offering focuses on ensuring successful program execution by bringing together a pan-Canadian team who have proven, demonstrated and current pedigree in performing complex defence contracts in Canada; who have well-established infrastructure, employees, security clearances and facilities in place today; who have demonstrated their commitment and reliability to successfully execute the project by their substantial investments in CSC and in meeting all procurement deadlines; and therefore who are poised to perform the CSC program, Ready on Day One.

ENGAGED. Embodied throughout Canada’s Combat Ship Team’s offering is our multifaceted approach to achieving the strategic pillar ENGAGED. The underlying principles implemented focus on partnership with all stakeholders and, equally important, maintaining sovereignty of the CSC solution in Canada, which can only be achieved by having the solution and capability developed «at home» by Canadians.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team is living proof that capability investments made in Canada result in sustained jobs not only through long term sustainment of its system and products, but also extend to exports which leverage Canada’s investments to other nations adding more jobs to Canadian industry. This team recognizes the significant benefits that Canada will receive with the implementation of Canada’s Combat Ship Team’s strategic objective to bring the jobs “home” to Canada and therefore collectively become the Home Team.



«The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is a flexible, next generation warship design which offers a low risk and affordable solution for the Canadian Surface Combatant program. With the UK Type 26 program running ahead of CSC, our Canadian ship will benefit from lessons learnt on the UK program. This schedule also allows Type 26 the opportunity to be the most advanced Canadian Surface Combatant. Canadian companies such as W.R. Davis Engineering in Ottawa, Rolls-Royce in Peterborough and L3 MAPPS in Montréal have already begun work on delivering high-technology systems for the UK’s Type 26, demonstrating the skills and capability available from the Canadian supply chain». Anne Healey, Country Director, Canada, BAE Systems

«Building on our proud Canadian history of more than 70 years, we are honoured to join forces with this pan-Canadian team that has been assembled for CSC. CAE welcomes the opportunity to leverage the strengths of our combined organizations to support the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding to deliver a modern, capable warship with an integrated training system that aligns with the Future Naval Training Strategy. CAE is dedicated to offering customers the most innovative training solutions to achieve the highest levels of operational readiness and performance». Joe Armstrong, Vice President and General Manager – Canada, CAE

«The Defence Policy released earlier this year announced the Government’s new vision for the Canadian Armed Forces, and as a Pan-Canadian team, our approach to CSC implements these Defence Policy pillars where we are offering the right ship for the Navy to enable them to be STRONG; we are offering proven, Canadian pedigree of companies to ensure successful program execution is SECURE; and we are offering a solution that ensures sovereignty is maintained by bringing the direct jobs on CSC home to Canada so that we are ENGAGED and able to sustain the CSC ships throughout their lifespan. Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada’s trusted Combat System Integrator for more than three decades, and our team can be counted on to deliver affordable solutions, sustained job creation, and technology development in Canada for export potential. We’ll employ our proven collaborative partnership model to successfully manage the highly complex systems integration process – including integrating our CMS 330 Combat Management System with the Type 26 Global Combat Ship – and leverage the innovation and talent here at home which will ultimately result in unprecedented economic outcome for Canada». Rosemary Chapdelaine, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems

«We are proud to be a member of Canada’s Combat Ship Team. With a strong Canadian footprint, we are in a unique position to leverage our established Canadian companies to deliver Canadian marine technologies, systems integration support, and through life in service support to the team in a number of areas including integrated communications, electro optic and infrared sensors, torpedo handling systems, and integrated platform management systems». Mike Greenley, President, L3 WESCAM

«As one of Canada’s leading space and defence companies, MDA’s participation in this team is very strategic. For MDA, in addition to providing world-class operational CSC capability to the Canadian Forces, this project will be a major enabler in achieving significant future MDA exports from Canada and the resulting growth in jobs and business in Canada – a continuous corporate strategy for MDA since 1969». Dave Hargreaves, Vice President – Aerospace and Defence, Surveillance and Intelligence, MDA

«As a long-time participant in Canada’s defence community, Ultra Electronics is delighted to be a member of Canada’s Combat Ship Team. It is truly a privilege to be able to provide our world-leading Canadian designed and developed underwater warfare products to this uniquely assembled team to deliver Canada’s future surface combatant». Ken Walker, President, Ultra Electronics Canada


Quick Facts

In June 2016, following Industry engagement, the Government of Canada announced that it would proceed with a procurement package based on a Total Ship Reference Point. For industry, this meant combining the efforts of a warship designer and combat systems integrator into a consolidated proposal.

BAE’s Type 26 has been selected by the Royal Navy and steel has been cut on the first of a planned eight ships. Due to its current stage in the lifecycle, there is no obsolescence in the design and it therefore offers the lowest risk to build in Canada.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship can undertake a wide range of roles from high intensity conflict to humanitarian assistance, including anti-submarine warfare and air defence. It is flexible, versatile and highly survivable with an extremely low acoustic signature.

Built for the Royal Canadian Navy’s doctrine, tactics and operations, Lockheed Martin Canada’s innovative Combat Management System – CMS 330 – was developed in Canada as a result of 34 years’ experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations.

Members of Canada’s Combat Ship Team are currently delivering on the final stages of Canada’s HALIFAX-class Modernization Project.

Collectively, our team employs more than 9,000 Canadians in over 40 facilities across the country with an established presence on both coasts. Our collective Canadian supply chain consists of approximately 4,000 contracts Canada-wide.


About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a world leading shipbuilding, support and maintenance company with the skills and expertise to design, build, integrate, test, commission and support complex warships. BAE Systems has a strong track record of collaboration with customers and industrial partners worldwide to share technology and skills – helping countries grow their naval and industrial capabilities. Canadian industry is already integral to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship program.


About CAE

As a globally-recognized training systems integrator, CAE is committed to providing defence and security forces world-class training centres, training services, and a comprehensive portfolio of training solutions. CAE is headquartered in Canada and has employees in 15 locations across the country.


About Lockheed Martin Canada

Lockheed Martin Canada has a proud legacy of providing innovative naval systems and sustainment solutions for Canada and abroad. For more than three decades, Lockheed Martin Canada has demonstrated its capability and commitment to the Royal Canadian Navy as the Prime Contractor and Combat System Integrator for the HALIFAX Class Frigates.


About L3 Technologies

A leading provider of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms, L3 Technologies is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. With over 50 years of business operations in Canada, L3 has a strong Canadian presence with L3 MAPPS, L3 MAS, L3 Communication Systems Canada and L3 WESCAM that each have experience working on technologies and projects for the Royal Canadian Navy.


About MDA

MDA’s business provides technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. The Company’s established global customer base is served by more than 6,500 employees operating from 21 locations in Canada, the United States and internationally. MDA focusses primarily in the Communications and the Surveillance and Intelligence sectors, and has supported the Royal Canadian Navy for over two decades.


About Ultra Electronics

Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Ultra Electronics is a part of the Ultra Electronics Group, an international electronics company. Ultra Electronics has been delivering sophisticated, cost-effective, and innovative solutions to the defence market for 70 years. Ultra Electronics has been extremely successful in transforming its research investment into the technologically advanced underwater battlespace sensor systems that it delivers to both Royal Canadian Navy and internationally. Today, Ultra Electronics is recognized worldwide for its expertise in hull mounted sonar, towed active and passive arrays, sonar sensors, and underwater acoustics.

Maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017.

Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight
Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months that will focus on avionics and software. Activities for the qualification of the delivery configuration will start over the course of 2018 once additional modifications have been made to the prototype.

Despite the very demanding timetable, the company is convinced that deliveries to the German Navy will start at the end of 2019. Final assembly of the first Sea Lion series production aircraft also started recently; this will run in parallel to the qualification.



Length 19.56 m/64.18 feet
Width 16.30 m/53.48 feet
Height 5.31 m/17.42 feet
Maximum Gross Weight 10,600 kg/23,369 lbs
Alternate Gross Weight 11,000 kg/24,250 lbs
Empty Weight 6,400 kg/14,109 lbs
Useful Load 4,200 kg/9,260 lbs
Cargo Hook 4,000 kg/8,818 lbs
Single or dual Rescue Hoist 270 kg/595 lbs
Rescue Hoist on ground 400 kg/880 lbs
Crew (2 + 1); 20 troops in full crashworthy or up to 12 strechers
7-Cell Internal System 2,035 kg/4,486 lbs
Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each) 400 kg/882 lbs
External Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each) 292 kg/644 lbs
or 500 kg/1,102 lbs
Width 2.00 m/6.56 feet
Length 4.80 m/15.75 feet
Height 1.58 m/5.18 feet
Volume 15.20 m³/536.78 feet³
Sliding doors opening 1.60 × 1.50 m/5.25 × 4.92 feet
Rear ramp opening 1.78 × 1.58 m/5.84 × 5.18 feet
Maximum Cruise Speed 300 km/h/162 knots/186 mph
Economical Cruise Speed 260 km/h/140 knots/162 mph
Maximum Rate of Climb 11.2 m/s/2,200 feet/min
OEI (One Engine Inoperative) Rate of Climb 2 min Rating 4.3 m/s/850 feet/min
OEI Rate of Climb Continuous Rating at 2,000 m/6,560 feet 1.5 m/s/300 feet/min
Hover Ceiling IGE (In Ground Effect) 3,200 m/10,500 feet
Hover Ceiling OGE (Out of Ground Effect) 2,600 m/8,530 feet
Maximum Range 530 NM/610 miles/982 km
Maximum Range with 2,500 kg/5,511 lbs payload 486 NM/559 miles/900 km
Maximum Endurance 5 h
Ferry Range (with Internal Aux Fuel Tanks) 864 NM/994 miles/1,600 km
Twin engine with dual channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control)
Two Turbomecca (RTM 322-01/9 or RTM 322-01/9A enhanced version)
Two General Electric (GE T700/T6E1 or CT7-8F5 enhanced version)
RATING RTM 322-01/9
OEI 30 sec (100%) 2,172 kW/2,913 shp
OEI 2 min 1,855 kW/2,488 shp
OEI Continuous 1,781 kW/2,388 shp
AEO (All Engines Operating) TOP (30 min) (×2) 1,781 kW/2,388 shp
AEO Continuous (×2) 1,664 kW/2,231 shp
OEI 30 sec (100%) 2,095 kW/2,809 shp
OEI 2 min 1,842 kW/2,470 shp
OEI 60 min 1,692 kW/2,269 shp
AEO TOP (30 min) (×2) 1,692 kW/2,269 shp
AEO Continuous (×2) 1,577 kW/2,115 shp
Door mounted pintle machine gun (7.62-mm or 12.7-mm)
Armour protection for cabin (modular)
Self-protection suite

* GE engines with Integrated Particle Separator (IPS)


Czech optical systems

Czech optical specialist Meopta will support vital line-of-sight technology for BAE Systems’ CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with defence and security company Saab.

Czech precision optical systems producer to support line-of-sight technology for BAE Systems’ CV90
Czech precision optical systems producer to support line-of-sight technology for BAE Systems’ CV90

The agreement, signed at NATO Days 2017 in Ostrava, the Czech Republic, will cover potential local production of key components for the CV90’s fire control system, of which Meopta and Saab are subcontractors.

The Universal Tank and Anti-Aircraft Fire Control System (UTAAS), developed by Saab with production supplier Meopta, is produced specifically for the combat-proven CV90. There are more than 1,200 CV90s in operation with seven nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. BAE Systems is offering the CV90 to replace the Czech Army’s fleet of BMP II IFVs, and has joined forces with Czech industry to strengthen the offer while promoting local investment and job creation. Adding Meopta to a team already consisting of numerous Czech companies, among them VOP CZ and Ray Service, further builds on BAE Systems’ relationship with Czech industry.

«BAE Systems is committed to offering the Czech Army a modern, adaptable combat vehicle with cutting edge technologies», said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, general manager of BAE Systems’ Hägglunds business. «As we continue to pursue the BMP II replacement program, we are pleased to see one of our key suppliers expand their own range of services in support of one of the nation’s most important defence programs».

The modular integrated UTAAS technology provides direct fire capability, which is a critical operational feature. This allows the CV90’s gunner to take aim independently of the vehicle’s movements while the fire control system automatically aligns the gun. In combat situations, this means firing can commence quicker than with conventional target alignment technology, providing a crucial advantage in battle. Meopta’s participation in BAE Systems’ Czech CV90 offering could extend to other future opportunities.

BAE Systems recently participated in the Czech-Swedish Industry Days organized by the Czech Ministry of Defence in Prague. Representatives from 20 local Czech companies – including Meopta, Ray Service, and VOP CZ – were joined by Swedish businesses for a three-day event focused on building local industry relationships across the defence sector.

Third GPS III Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle.

The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite, GPS III SV03, is now fully integrated and ready to begin environmental tests. Lockheed Martin is in full production on ten contracted GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver
The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite, GPS III SV03, is now fully integrated and ready to begin environmental tests. Lockheed Martin is in full production on ten contracted GPS III satellites at its GPS III Processing Facility near Denver

GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) followed the first two GPS III satellites on a streamlined assembly and test production line. Technicians successfully integrated the satellite’s major components – its system module, navigation payload and propulsion core – into one fully-assembled space vehicle on August 14.

GPS III SV03 was assembled in Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility, a $128 million, cleanroom factory designed in a virtual reality environment to drive efficiency and reduce costs in satellite production. Now fully assembled, the third satellite is being prepared to begin environmental testing.

GPS III SV03 closely follows the company’s second satellite in production flow. GPS III SV02 completed integration in May, finished acoustic testing in July and moved into thermal vacuum testing in August. The second GPS III satellite is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 2018.

The fourth GPS III satellite is close behind the third. Lockheed Martin received the navigation payload for GPS III SV04 in October and the payload is now integrated with the space vehicle. The satellite is expected to be integrated into a complete space vehicle in January 2018.

In August, Lockheed Martin technicians began major assembly work on GPS III SV05.

All of these satellites are following Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III satellite, GPS III SV01, through production flow. In September, the Air Force accepted and declared GPS III SV01 «Available For Launch», with launch expected in 2018.

«GPS III is the most powerful and complex GPS satellite ever designed and built, and it’s now into a smooth production flow. The real credit goes to the Air Force for all the Back to Basics work done in advance, reducing program risk for all the GPS III satellites going forward», said Mark Stewart, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Navigation Systems. «We are looking forward to bringing GPS III’s advanced capabilities to our warfighters in 2018».

Lockheed Martin is under contract for ten next generation GPS III satellites as part of the Air Force’s modernized Global Positioning System. GPS III will have three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. Spacecraft life will extend to 15 years, 25 percent longer than the newest GPS satellites on-orbit today. GPS III’s new L1C civil signal also will make it the first GPS satellite to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems.

Lockheed Martin’s unique GPS III satellite design includes a flexible, modular architecture that allows for the insertion of new technology as it becomes available in the future or if the Air Force’s mission needs change. Satellites based off this design are already proven compatible with both the Air Force’s next generation Operational Control System (OCX) and the existing GPS constellation.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

Multinational Group

The New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) formally took command of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U) from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th IBCT during a Transfer of Authority ceremony here November 22.

Colonel Dennis Deeley, the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine commander, and Command Sergeant Major Thomas Ciampolillo uncases the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's colors during a JMTG-U Transfer of Authority ceremony here November 22. During the ceremony Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) took command of the JMTG-U from the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th IBCT, who have been in Ukraine since January (Photo Credit: Sergeant Alexander Rector)
Colonel Dennis Deeley, the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine commander, and Command Sergeant Major Thomas Ciampolillo uncases the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s colors during a JMTG-U Transfer of Authority ceremony here November 22. During the ceremony Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) took command of the JMTG-U from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th IBCT, who have been in Ukraine since January (Photo Credit: Sergeant Alexander Rector)

Approximately 250 U.S. Soldiers from the 27th IBCT assigned to the JMTG-U will take the lessons learned from the 45th and build upon their successes as they further assist in developing the capabilities of Ukrainian ground forces during their time in country, which is expected to last until late next summer.

The 27th IBCT is headquartered out of Syracuse, New York with most of the Soldiers assigned to task force Orion coming from the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry headquartered at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, New York. The squadron also has troops in Jamestown, Geneva, and Buffalo.

The 45th IBCT has been deployed in Ukraine since January where they have worked together with Ukrainian forces in developing a Combat Training Center (CTC).

The goal of the CTC is to provide Ukrainian troops with the facilities, experience, and knowledge to develop their warfighting capabilities to achieve NATO interoperability.

Engaged in this effort along with the U.S. and Ukraine, are soldiers from Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

During the ceremony, Madam Marie L. Yovanovitch, The United States ambassador to Ukraine addressed the troops where she praised the successes of the 45th IBCT, and charged the incoming 27th IBCT Soldiers to build upon their legacy.

«This is a bittersweet day for the Thunderbirds», said Colonel Dave Jordan, the 45th IBCT Commander. «We are certainly excited to get back home and see our families and return to our civilian jobs, but it’s difficult to leave our friends and comrades in arms. The capacity that you have helped build at this combat training center will help serve Ukraine for decades», said Jordan. «I believe we have all learned as many lessons as we’ve taught. We must now return to our home nations and pass on what we’ve learned from our Ukrainian brothers to our own formations».

Soldiers from the 27th arrived in Ukraine early this November after completing pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, TX and additional training with the 7th Army Training Command at Grafenwohr, Germany.

«Today is exciting for the 27th IBCT’s task force Orion as we assume this important mission», said Colonel Dennis Deeley, the 27th IBCT (forward) commander. «This is a complex mission, however Colonel Jordan and the entire 45th IBCT have done an outstanding job preparing us», said Deeley. «It is your time now to carry the torch and bring this mission to the next level of success».

A delegation including ambassador Yovanovitch, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Major General John Gronski, and Brigadier General Tony Aguto welcomed the incoming JMTG-U commander, Colonel Deeley and Task Force Orion and said their goodbyes to Colonel Jordan and his Thunderbirds.

The 27th IBCT (forward) is now officially set in motion as the third iteration of the JMTG-U and looks to make a significant impact on the Ukrainian Armed Forces and their training facilities. Each day will present opportunities to form relationships and build cohesion amongst the various nations involved.