One MCDV Drone for Each Coast

February 18, 2019 – Kingston-class ships are equipped with a visual line of sight intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, but have lacked a similar capability for vessels of interest beyond their visual line of sight. Enter PUMA, a Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS) equipped with powerful enhanced optical and infrared cameras that are able to capture still imagery and video. It is capable of staying in the air for approximately two hours and can fly at an altitude up to 10,500 feet with a range of 20 km…

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Sixth AOPS Ordered

November 2, 2018 – The Minister of National Defense announced that the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth patrol ship, which will help sustain hundreds of highly-skilled middle class jobs at Irving shipyards heading into an election year. The lightly-armed ships will not be capable of combat due to their civil construction standards and instead will mostly be providing a “presence” in the Arctic outside of thick ice areas. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd RCN, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, said, “I could not be more pleased with the decision to proceed…

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RCN to Field AeroVironment Puma II AE with Mantis i45 Sensor on MCDVs

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, and MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, announced the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has acquired the AeroVironment Puma™ II AE, maritime mini unmanned aircraft system, for fielding aboard RCN Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV). The Puma II AE systems will include the Mantis i45 sensor and a 360-degree antenna system. MDA partnered with AeroVironment to satisfy the requirement of the Department of National Defence of Canada for the Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS). “The addition of our…

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GeoSpectrum Awarded MCDV Sonar Contracts

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) has been awarded two contracts from the Department of National Defence under the ADSA Science and Technology (S&T) program. Under the first contract – Long Range Detection and Communications – GTI will build and field-demonstrate a Very Low Frequency (VLF) acoustic source for long distance underwater detection and potentially basin-scale (1000 km) communications, as well as supporting, for example, an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) engaged in under-ice work. This source will be suitable for year-round Arctic deployment, capable of providing persistent surveillance and messaging over very long…

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Nanaimo Deploys on Operation Caribbe September 28th

[smartslider3 slider=9] Official photos of HMCS Nanaimo departure from CFB Esquimalt September 28th for Operation Caribbe. A better choice for the Canadian Government, in the runup to the introduction of the Arctic Ocean Patrol Ship (AOPS), would be use of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in Operation Caribbe. With helicopter capability, could embark a US Coast Guard HITRON helicopter for counter-narcotic operations.

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