Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) specialistAeronautical Systems (GA‑ASI) announced yesterday a teaming agreement with one of ’s leading defense companies , to offer the UAS to . and will jointly compete for this program, with serving as the prime contractor supporting a U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) procurement.
will act as the leading Canadian partner for the team, responsible for assembling a pan-Canadian team of companies to develop and support any Canadian-specific requirements and content for Canada’s national ISTAR capabilities. CAE will also be the Tier-I Canadian subcontractor for GA-ASI, with overall responsibility for In-Service Support (ISS) solution, including operator and mission training systems; integration with Canada’s existing Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure; systems engineering support; and lifecycle and integrated logistics support services.
This Medium/High Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) is ccurrently operational as ‘Reaper’ with the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force and as with the Italian Air Force. Canadians forces in Afghanistan are currently supported by IAI Heron I MALE UAS, operated by the MDA Company. Under the program presently referred to as the program, the Canadian Government will establish a requirement to field and support interoperable, network-enabled UASs to provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) and all-weather precision-strike capabilities in support of its operations worldwide.
“CAE has transformed itself in recent years as much more than a flight simulation company,” said Martin Gagne, CAE’s group president, Military Products, Training and Services. “Our experience and expertise in operational and in-service support, as well as modeling and simulation for both manned and unmanned systems, makes CAE the ideal Canadian partner for GA-ASI, and well-positioned to support the Canadian Government as our country acquires a critical UAS capability.” As part of its expansion plan, CAE has recently joined Force Protection in its bid for the Canadian TAPV program, playing the in-country team leader for the program.