The most recent CASR Background articles can be found listed
in the BG Index.
Background — Previous Articles — 2005
December 2005 – Armoured Patrol Vehicle Project
The APV was to meet an IOR (Immediate Operation- al Requirement) for
Kanadahar. Bids were submitted for three mine-resistant candidates: KMW with the Dingo 2 , Thales Canada with the ADI Bushmaster , and GDLS-Canada with the winning RG-31 Nyala.
Aug 2005 – Future Indirect Fire Systems: 105mm
A review of the LAV III-based 105mm self-propelled guns often put forward as alternatives to MAVS –
DND's proposed truck-based 105mm C3 howitzers.
July/Aug 2005 – AVGPs for the African Union
DND is sending 100 surplus CF Grizzly (and five Husky) AVGPs to aid the African Union Mission in
Sudan. Crew training is underway in Senegal prior to AU peacekeeping deployment in Darfur.
NB: obsolete or now-redundant BG pages from 2005 have been deleted,
Strategic Airlift section (2005): we reviewed aircraft mentioned in relation to
DND's 'Future Strategic Aircraft' project and FSA's successor, the Airlift Capability Project Strategic or ACP-S. Both
strategic airlifter 'competitions' were skewed to select the Boeing C-17A and that was exactly what happened with an
ACAN for 4 x CC-177s.
Tactical Airlifters With a Twist? (Dec 2005): rejected 2-stage proposal by
Company Area Suppression Weapon (June 2005): we reviewed the possible CASW
candidates by type of operation – blowback, long- and soft-recoil. But the drawn- out CASW (now
Close Area Suppression Weapon) project was really meant to buy a fancy sighting system with a 40mm automatic grenade
launcher merely attached.
With the end of the CF's Afghanistan combat deployment approaching, the CASW project was going through the motions.
Just as citizen interest was lost, DND chose the expected HW GWG which will now enter CF service as the overly
See: Close Area Suppression Weapon System Automatic Grenade Launcher
Should we lease RAF C-130Js? (March 2005): this article examined an offer to lease
RAF C-130J Hercules and some of the fallacies surrounding the deficiencies of the immediately
available versus the benefits of C-130J-30s. This page was replaced by Comparisons - Stretched C-130J Hercules in the Canadian Aerospace section.
Sealifter Comparisons (March 2005): examined the trouble US San Antonio
class Landing Platform Dock (and its hovercraft LCAC landing craft). A comparion page on the Rotterdam class LPD remains for now for an Enforcer class LPD ModProp.
Medium-Lift Helicopter section (Feb 2005) covered the Boeing Chinook;
Sikorsky S-70, H-92, and CH-53; and the AgustaWestland EH-101. Later pages were added to cover the Mi-17 as well as
a section on available NATO Mi-8/Mi-17. This was made redundant first by the purchase of six 'interim' MHLH (the CH-147D Chinooks) and the leasing of Russian Mil Mi-17s
– both civilian operated and CF-flown CH-178s.
See: Canadian Medium-Lift Helicopters in Afghanistan –
Five Years Later