- Canada’s plan unveiled last year to invest $240 billion over 20 years in military equipment has transformed the formerly sleepy CANSEC show into a bustling, sprawling event, with three packed exhibit halls, about 7,000 attendees and a nearly full showing by industry.
- Watch your back, F-35. Boeing and Eurofighter are pitching the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Typhoon, respectively, here at CANSEC despite Canada’s participation in the nine-nation F-35 partnership.
- Elbit Systems will unveil a new small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS) at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft will be offered to the US Navy and US Marine Corps, via the newly-formed UAV Dynamics joint venture with General Dynamics.
- Peace protestors in Ottawa are extremely polite. One of them even wished me a nice day, even though she thought I was a defense contractor — or, as her sign put it, “merchant of death”.
- An industry day scheduled on 26 May to launch the joint unmanned surveiillance target acquisition system (JUSTAS) contract competition was canceled at the last minute by the Canadian government. No explanation.
- Canada is the only major NATO power I can think of that lacks a defense industrial policy.
- Sikorsky (CH-148 Cyclone) and Bombardier are the most surprising exhibit hall no-shows at CANSEC.
- Canada’s Viking Air Ltd is proposing to modernize Canada’s fleet of DHC-5 Buffalos – designated the CC-115 — rather than replace them with all new aircraft, such as C-27Js or C-295s.
- Ottawa weather in late-May can be as bad as Washington DC weather in early March.
- Despite its growing popularity, CANSEC is still not used as a platform for Canadian government or industry to announce major policy or equipment decisions.
Random 10 List: Things I learned on the first day of CANSEC
By Stephen Trimble on 27 May, 2009 in Uncategorised
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