The most recent CASR Background articles can be found listed
in the BG Index.
Background — Previous Articles — 2006
November 2006 – C-130J Super
Official confirmation is awaited but the CF's ACP-T tactical airlifter project seems to be in the
bag. By default, the winner is Lockheed Martin's modernized C-130J Super Hercules.
October 2006 – Sea Kings to
Five Sea King shipboard helicopters were refurbished as troop carriers fuelling specu- lation that
they are heading for Kandahar.
October 2006 – CH-148 Cyclone
Procurement history of the CF's Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, winner of the Maritime Helicopter
Updated Nov 2006 – Orca YAG replacement
The sole new-hull Canadian Navy project (since the Kingston class MCDVs) but little is
heard about the new Orca class training and patrol craft. With fitting out done and sea trails
beginning. Why no publicity?
Oct / Dec 2006 – Leopards to Afghanistan
Leopard tanks are now in Kandahar but a surprise was in the first shipment – heavy armour for the
Leo and a recovery Taurus.
September 2006 – MGS (Mobile Gun System)
CF direct-fire support became an issue in Panjwaii. So, what happened to the MGS? And what of a system-of-
systems including the Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle ?
September 2006 – Swap: Dutch Helicopters for
The CF loaned five Nyala blast-resistant patrol vehicles to the Dutch Army in Kandahar in exchange for
"routine access" to the Dutch Chinook medium-lift helicopters in southern Afghanistan – a very
good deal for both allies.
September 2006 Australian Army Aviation
The Australian Army took control of tactical helicopters from their RAAF. The Canadian tactical helicopter
experience in Afghanistan shows that we should follow their example. Part 2 looks at the Future of Australian Army Aviation: the ARH Tiger
August 2006 – The G-wagon's Armour
After a series of fatalities in Afghanistan, G-wagons were to be mostly 'restricted to base' in that
theatre. But were they ? The questions arise: are G-wagons more vulnerable than other
vehicles in Afghanistan
and, if so, why keep using them on combat patrols?
Also see: CF G-wagon variants – 'Basic', Command
& Reconnaissance, and MP.