Global supplier BAE Systems (Booth 711) claims a heritage in Canada reaching back to 1911 through legacy aviation companies such as Avro Canada and de Havilland Canada, and ship-building activities. In the late 1990s, the company opened an office in Ottawa to support Canada’s submarine programme, from where a number of activities across air, sea, land and cyber domains are now managed.
With an accent on maintaining long-standing relationships with Canadian partners and the armed forces, BAE Systems works with more than 240 local companies, of which the large majority are SMEs. Over the past five years that commitment has delivered more than $450 million in industrial benefits to Canadian companies.
A number of them are involved as part of BAE Systems’ commitment to the F-35 JSF industrial programme. Around 2,400 people are employed directly or indirectly by the company in Canada.
For BAE Systems, one of the most exciting local opportunities is the offering of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship to meet the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) new-generation frigate requirement.
The company is working with a large number of local companies to develop a supply chain for the vessel if it is selected. Building on its global experience in maritime support, including that of Canada’s Victoria-class submarines, BAE is also proposing integrated support services for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) and Joint Support Ship.
BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 naval gun system has been in service in the navy’s Halifax-class frigates since 1987, being updated from Mk 2 to Mk 3 status in 2009. Last August, its 25mm Mk 38 machine gun system was selected to equip the new AOPS vessels, suitably optimised for operations in the Arctic climate. The company is pitching its 127mm Mk 45 for the CSC, this weapon having already been selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 vessels.
Furthermore, two new rounds are being developed for the Mk 45 to expand its multi-mission capability. The MS-SGP (multiservice – standard guided projectile) and HVP (hypervelocity projectile) offer ranges in excess of 50nm, while the MSSGP is compatible with the BAE Systems M777 lightweight towed howitzer that is in Canadian Army service. The army also utilises BAE’s BV206 all-terrain vehicle.
In the air domain, BAE Systems is involved in supporting the Hawk aircraft of the CAE-owned NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) military flight school.
The company sees considerable opportunities with the forthcoming Future Pilot Training scheme.
Cyber-security and information intelligence is a growing market, and BAE Systems is addressing the needs of government and commercial customers through its Applied Intelligence business unit based in Toronto. Among its areas of expertise are large-scale data exploitation, high-level security and complex services integration.