This CASR Background Index covers the planning and
procurement of foreign militaries by way of contrast and comparison with DND and the Canadian Forces.
Readers must draw their own conclusions from these comparisons. However, at risk of stating the
obvious, we would remind that for each similarity between the Canadian and foreign situation,
history, geography and circumstance will dictate as many differences. In other words, comparing the practices of
foreign militaries might provide rough models for Canada but scale and details will inevitably vary.
Also see comparisons in CASR 's In Detail section. For example: Arctic Viking, a review of Danish assets in the High Arctic compared with Canadian
sovereignty efforts in the Far North, OPV: Off- Shore Patrol
Vessels, an overview of OPV size and capabilities issues using a select group of other countries, Maritime Security, middle power approaches to coast and harbour
security. Includes: an overview of coastal/harbour security for Australia (Coast Watch) , Italy , and the Netherlands.
Note: Pages listed/linked below will be arranged by subject, not chronologically.
Background — Comparisons ... Other Militaries' Plans and Procurements
Pacific Beginnings: Origins of the
The new Orca class Patrol Craft, Training boat sprang from Australian roots. Like a number of
patrol craft in Orca's size range, the hull design is based on Tenix's Pacific class.
Orca's closest relative is the RAN's Seahorse Mercator navigation trainer.
Army Aviation Comparion: TF ODIN
The US Army has taken control of its own aerial surveillance for detection of IEDs. Light manned
aircraft and UAVs carry the exact same suite of sensors.
Army Aviation: the Australian Example
The Australian Army took control of its tactical helicopters (and other Army Aviation
assets) from the Royal Australian Air Force. Before establishing Army Aviation, the Australian experience
mirrored that of Canada's in many ways. What about now ?
Australian Army Aviation  In
1986 the Australian Army took over existing RAAF tactical helicopters. The Black Hawk was about to enter
service but, as with Canada today, the Australian Chinooks had been sold off as an economy measure. A
revived medium-lift capability was a priority.
Australian Army Aviation  –
With ex-RAAF helicopters aging, Australian Army Aviation planned for new Armed
Recce Helicopters and a multi-role troop-lifter. These projects are now both bearing fruit but with the usual
delays and complications.