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Background — Previous Articles — 2007
Canadian Aerospace – Aircraft and Industry
Third in a series: Raytheon Sentinel R1
battle- field surveillance platform to meet ASTOR, an RAF requirement. The Sentinel R1 is based on the
Bombardier Global Express bizjet airframe.
Global Express as an Aurora
Media reports have confused the Sentinel R1
or "ASTOR" with a proposed maritime patrol
variant of Bombardier's Global Express. This new page focuses exclusively on that variant.
The CP-140 Aurora Replacement Candidates
With the closing of the Aurora modernization, thought must be given to replacements. Direct replacements are
limited to three types: EADS MPA320 /'A319, Boeing P-8A, and KHI P-X. All are future designs, closer to CF timing is BAE System's MRA4 Nimrod update. Another option is a
reconnaissance derivative of the Bombardier
Global Express. The final (and least plausible) option is one of many P-3C Orion rebuild proposals.
Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue
FWSAR, the on-again/off-again project to replace six remaining CC-115 Buffalos
and remove SAR from the list of primary CC-130 Hercules duties. There are two candidates.
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.
The Armoured Heavy Support Vehicle
Canada has order 86 Actros AHSVS for Afghanistan. Cargo AHSVS will replace HLVWs, there is also a tank
on order for the Leopard 2 A6M tanks.
Force Protection Cougar/Buffalo
Canada has order five each of FPI's Cougar and Buffalo blast-protected vehicles as
part of a new "Expedient Route-Opening Capability" for EOD
( Explosive Ordnance
Disposal ) in Afghanistan. Also see: new South Africa Mine Detector Vehicle, the RSD DCD-Dorbyl Husky
Dutch Leopard 2 A4 and 2 A6Ms
The rumours are confirmed. Canada will lease 20 Leopard 2 A6Ms from Germany. The mine-protected tanks will
later be replaced by 20 2 A6Ms and 80 Leopard 2 A4s bought from Holland. These tanks will arrive in
JUSTAS – the CF HALE/MALE UAV Project
JUSTAS is a $500M project to procure UAVs
to patrol East,
West, and then Arctic coasts. High- & medium-altitude UAVs are reviewed and six candidate UAVs (one
HALE and five MALE UAVs) are reviewed in detail.
Buffalo Wings – New Engines
for the CC-115s?
"Extending the life of the existing Buffalo...fleet is an option under consideration",
DND announced on 16 Feb. 2007. But, if engine conversions, what engines?
Leopard 2 A6M – ein neues Panzer ?
Canada has been arranging to lease 20 Leopard 2 A6M mine-protected tanks for
Afghanistan and (possibly) to also buy 80 surplus German Leopard 2 A4s.
'Triple 7': M777 155mm Towed Howitzer
The M777 was one of the Nov. 2005 IOR orders and a conspicuous success. In late December 2006,
CP reported that options on 6 more M777 howitzers had been filled.
Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle Project
The LARV Project, announced in January 2006, was described as a "mini-Coyote". This planned
is meant to fill a slot between the large Coyote recce
type and the slightly smaller
G-wagon C&R variant.
Support Vehicles for the Leopards in Afghanistan To perform their mission, CF
tanks need back-up from Taurus ARV armoured
recovery vehicles and the Badger AEV
armoured engineering vehicles.
LAV TUA ( LAV TOW-Under-Armour) Project
LAV TUA is the simplest of the three DFS projects. As an expediency, the turret from the tracked M113 TUA is being
upgraded and transfered to a LAV III hull. LdSH(RC) are field testing the wheeled TUAs.
Joint Support Ship Project
We have reviewed JSS and
a number of preferable alter- natives in the past. Here we compare specifications for
some of those alternatives to the confused JSS project.
Remote Control Heavy Machine Gun (RCHMG) Project
The RCHMG Project is intended to provide Navy frigates and MCDVs with a close-in defence system which can be operated
under protection ( from weather and hostile fire ) unlike the current, exposed, crew-operated