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Argus II?

Proposal to use Canadian designed aircraft for Canadian needs.

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Posted in Acquisitions, Allies, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, Canadian Industry, Modest Proposal, RCAF, RCN, Sovereignty

Chops for AOPS – Providing the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) with an ‘organic air capability’

Ed: Originally Published on the Canadian American Strategic Review. Worth re-upping here as the Royal Canadian Navy will soon see it’s first AOPV, and they still have no helicopter for organic operations. See Part Two: ‘Loach’ Scout & SOF –

Posted in Arctic, Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Forces, CASR, RCAF, RCN, Sovereignty

‘Loach’ Scout & SOF: Bringing back the Light Observation Helicopter and introducing a ‘Little Bird’ for Special Forces

See Part One: Chops for AOPS – Providing the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) with an ‘organic air capability’ Note: Originally published on CASR, it is re-upped here as the companion to the Bell 429 Light Maritime Helicopter article. Canada’s 1992

Posted in Canadian American Strategic Review, Canadian Army, Canadian Forces, Canadian Industry, CASR, RCAF

Shoring up SHORAD

Canada/US cooperation on SHORAD systems? Possibilities arise.

Posted in Allies, Canadian Army, Canadian Forces

Twin Option for the Twin Otters: Simple Solutions are often the Best

Converting NAPS to Acquisitions … or, DND attitudes towards Canadian Aircraft Makers The National Aircraft Procurement System (NAPS) does not exist – but an outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that there was a real ‘NAPS’. For those making

Posted in Acquisitions, Arctic, Canadian Forces, Canadian Industry, Modest Proposal, RCAF, Reserves, Sovereignty

Twin Otters for Twin Otters – Buying ‘New’ makes financial sense … so does adding similar Guardian 400 surveillance aircraft to the mix

Ed: In my previous Op/Ed article, Twin Options for the Twin Otters – Simple Solutions are often the Best, I noted that the cost of buying brand-new Series 400 Twin Otters from Victoria’s Viking Air is only a tad more

Posted in Acquisitions, Arctic, Canadian Forces, Canadian Industry, Modest Proposal, RCAF, Sovereignty

The Defence of Democracy

Readers of mine will know that I am an ardent supporter of the Canadian Forces, and by extension Canadian democracy. I do this through my various writings as advocacy of a better prepared Canadian military that can carry out the

Posted in Canadian Forces, CDN POLI, World Affairs

Name For The Navy

When Irving Shipbuilding starts construction of the new Canadian Surface Combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy, there will be a great deal of discussion on how these ships should be named. Two main themes emerge if we study how Corvettes,

Posted in Acquisitions, Canadian Forces, RCN

Federal Fighter Fiasco

Anyone who follows defence issues in Canada is well aware of the Liberal government’s ongoing plan to sole-source 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighters to augment our current legacy Hornet fleet. This is to be an “interim” measure, with the new

Posted in Canadian Forces, RCAF

RCAF CF-156B for the COIN Role?

Note: This was originally published on the Canadian American Strategic Review in July 2008. The content is slightly outdated, but is offered here unedited to show how Canada has missed an opportunity. With even the USAF now looking at light

Posted in Acquisitions, Canadian Forces, RCAF
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CASR has announced that it will cease operations on 31/December/2016.

I have grateful to have been given the opportunity to write for them, and to repost my material on Defence Muse.

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