New CAE MAD-XR MAD System Enters Production

May 29, 2019 – Today at CANSEC, Canada’s global defence and security show, CAE announced the company has started production of the CAE Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role (MAD-XR) system. CAE also announced that the Government of Canada has purchased the first unit under the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). CAE MAD-XR is a highly sensitive magnetometer designed to sense changes in the earth’s magnetic field. Because of the size and weight of previous MAD systems, which CAE has produced for over 40 years, they were typically installed on large…

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HMCS Ottawa Tests Torpedo Readiness Against US Navy Submarines

March 26, 2019 – HMCS Ottawa has returned to Esquimalt after conducting torpedo readiness training with vessels of the United States Navy (USN) and supporting Operation Projection. The Halifax-class frigate and its crew of 220 completed a month-long deployment on March 4 that included participation in a USN Submarine Commander’s Course (SCC), February 20 to 22, off the coast of Hawaii. Ottawa sailed to Hawaii February 6 with HMCS Regina and Naval Replenishment Unit (NRU) Asterix. During their transit to Pearl Harbor, Ottawa served as the command platform for the…

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Dynamic Manta 2019 Completed

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Dynamic Manta 2019 has ended , one of NATO ‘s most important annual exercises , aimed at ensuring constant interoperability between air, surface and underwater forces in the anti-submarine struggle . Five submarines, nine ships, eight helicopters and seven maritime patrol aircraft from Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Canada and France took part in the exercise, which began on 26 February in Catania and took place in the central Mediterranean. , Germany and the United States. The exercise was conducted by…

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Canada Upgrading MK 46 Torpedoes to Modern MK 54 Standard

August 22, 2018 – Canada, along with the UK, Australia and Taiwan, is piggybacking on a US Navy contract to Progeny Systems of Manassas, Virginia for upgrading the 40+ year old MK 46 ASW torpedo, currently embarked on CP-140 and CH-148 aircraft as well Halifax Class fr9gates The MK 54 can be deployed from a surface ship, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft to track, classify and attack underwater targets. It uses sophisticated processing algorithms to analyze the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats. The…

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NATO’s Advanced ASW Exercise Dynamic Manta Begins off Sicily

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2018 (DYMA 18) began March 5th off the Sicilian coast. Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) training. Submarines from Canada, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 9 surface ships from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK, and USA. Host nation Italy is providing support from the Augusta Naval Base, Catania and the Sigonella Air…

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Windsor Sails for Exercise Dynamic Manta in Mediterranean

The Royal Canadian Navy announced February 24th that submarine HMCS Windsor has sailed for the Mediterranean to take part in NATO Exercise Dynamic Manta-L 18. NATO describes it: “To exercise submarine warfare and ASW (antisubmarine warfare) warfighting capabilities for submarines, ASW surface units and maritime aircraft in order to conduct sea control and sea denial related naval tasks in preparation for future collective defense and crisis response operations.” 20 years after acquisition, it is good to see two Canadian submarines deployed in ASW target duties, with HMCS Chicoutimi currently on…

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Civil Sikorsky S-92® Featured in New Science Channel Series “Mega Machines”

The S-92® helicopter produced by Sikorsky, a civil aircraft Canada is trying to make into a shipborne ASW helicopter, takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.” This debut episode airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on the Science Channel.  The engineering-focused show highlights the robust design and reliability of the S-92 and features Cougar Helicopters Inc., which exclusively operates S-92 helicopters and performs search and rescue and worker transport missions to oil rigs off the Canadian coast. “With a fleet of nine S-92 helicopters,…

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