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CANSEC 2020 Canceled

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries recently posted this notice regarding the annual CANSEC defense show.

Important notice about CANSEC 2020

Ottawa (March 31, 2020) – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, today issued the following statement regarding CANSEC 2020. 

Good afternoon, 

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our businesses, communities and our families close to home and around the globe. Over the last few weeks, CADSI has been working hard to determine what this means for our community and the events we produce for you. 

Today, I announce that we have made the difficult decision not to host CANSEC in 2020. As a result, we are now working hard to make CANSEC 2021 – which will take place June 2 and 3 at Ottawa’s EY Centre – the best CANSEC ever. 

CADSI staff have begun reaching out to our members, specifically exhibit managers and sponsor reps, as well as partners and suppliers to provide details on next steps. Please stay tuned to your inboxes for more information. If you do have questions, please email [email protected]  

We are all hands-on deck to manage your inquiries, but it may take us a few days to get back to you. Please continue to be patient with us and we will respond to every inquiry as soon as we can. 

As you can imagine, this was a difficult but necessary decision. We know how important CANSEC is to our members, to our government and military partners, and to the broader defence and security community. It’s more than a trade show; it’s a time for us to come together as one and strengthen the community tasked with keeping Canada and the world safe.  

We also understand that this decision has taken longer to make than some would have liked. Let me share why. CANSEC is a large event with many moving parts. It has a $10 million impact on the local Ottawa economy and provides significant revenue for dozens of loyal suppliers that are struggling to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Many of them are small businesses that rely on CANSEC as a key source of income. We took the time necessary to explore every possible option with the City of Ottawa, our partners, contractors, and suppliers to mitigate losses to our community and secure the long-term viability of CANSEC, which needs these partners and suppliers to be successful. 

We also took the time to think about our membership and the struggles it will face over the coming months. CADSI’s prudent plans and budgets in recent years have placed us on a solid financial foundation for the situation we find ourselves in today. For this reason — and for the good of our community, our suppliers and our members — CADSI will refund 100% of CANSEC purchases paid by members to CADSI (e.g. sponsorship, exhibits, meeting suites), while respecting timely payments to our suppliers.  

Irrespective of whether CADSI will incur losses and changes to our business as a result of this decision, our commitment to our members remains the same. We are doubling down as the best advocates we can be for you in these tough times. We are also working hard to make CANSEC 2021 the best CANSEC ever. 

Thank you to all stakeholders who came to the table in the spirit of partnership as we made this decision, and to our members for your patience and understanding in this time of uncertainty. Many of you have been busy contributing to Canada’s response to COVID-19 here at home and around the world. You have made us proud, and we cannot wait to reconnect with you – in person – at CANSEC 2021.  

Sincerely,  

Christyn Cianfarani 

President & CEO, CADSI 

Canadian Navy – Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform Update

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The latest version of the Canadian Navy’s Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform goes on trial soon with a Operational Wear test aboard a vessel. The earliest version was quite baggy, based on the Canadian Forces Combat Uniform, but in Black. It proved to be too baggy for use aboard ship. Logistik Unicorp produced the test uniforms and created a more streamlined fit as well as integrating features, like pocket designs, from a proposed next generation combat uniform.

The Naval Enhanced Combat Uniform is the replacement for the current No 5 Naval Combat Dress. Like its predecessor, it is black in color. However, two fabrics are currently being looked at, Nomex and Kermel, both competing pyramid fabrics with FR properties.

The shirt features onboard facing zippered Napoleon pockets as well as zippered hand pockets at the waist.

Additionally, there are zippered bicep pockets on either arm as well as a pile field for insignia.

One interesting feature is the integrated knee padding. It’s fairly simple and straightforward, but there are accommodations to add additional padding if needed.

In addition to fabric selection, they also hope to determine whether the trouser will feature a zippered rear pocket.

If all goes well, a final version will soon become the new No 5 dress for Canadian Navy personnel. Perhaps, some of the features of this uniform will find also their way into the combat uniform worn by ground-based Canadian forces.






CANSEC 19 – Integrity Tactical Solutions Breacher Chainsaw Available Through Parabellum Prime

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The MS 460 Breacher Chain Saw Kit is a backpack-mounted Stihl MS 460 Magnum chain saw with 16? guide bar designed for optimum speed during breaching operations. The saw features a displacement of 4.7 cu. in., engine power of 6.0 brake hp and powerhead weight of 15.2 lbs. The kit features a single pin quick release system allowing the operator to remove the chain saw from the pack rapidly and effectively. Weighing only 30 lbs., the system is lightweight and easily handled by a single operator.

What’s more, breaching equipment gets beat up during deployments. ITS can rebuild your gear and get it right back into service.

Integrity Tactical Solutions products are available in Canada from Parabellum Prime.






CANSEC 19 – ICOM Common Operational Awareness Situational Application for Use with ATAK

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The new Common Operational Awareness Plug-In App for the Android Tactical Assault Kit From ICOM enhances situational awareness with Coalition Forces.

It integrates seamlessly into ATAK, offering real-time S/A as well as AES Encryption. Additionally, COA is compatible with Icom’s F3400D / F4400D Series, radios by US and Coalition Forces.

www.icomamerica.com






CANSEC 19 – Millbrook Tactical To Introduce Two New Winter Boots From Lowa

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Millbrook Tactical is Lowa Footwear’s number one Retailer in Canada and for good reason. Millbrook works with Lowa to provide special versions of their boots, specifically for the needs of Canada’s uniformed professionals.

This year, they are introducing two new Lowa Task Force models. Both are cold weather boots.

The first is the Elite Patrol GTX Thermo TF. This mountaineering-style boot features a full grain leather upper with a 4-layer Gore-Tex performance comfort liner and 400 gr Primaloft insulation. The sole is Single injection DURA PU monowrap (support frame) combined with the grippy-on-ice Vibram Arctic Grip sole.

The boots seen are prototypes, but the brown final boots will feature a brown rubber rand, rather than the black seen here. The final production boot will also incorporate closed hook lacing. I fully expect demand for these in the UK.

The second boot is the R-8 GTX Thermo TF. This is more of a duty boot with a full grain leather polishable toe.

Like the Elite Patrol, the R-8 features a 4-layer Gore-Tex performance comfort liner and 400 gr Primaloft insulation as well as the Vibram Mottarone Arctic Grip sole. The final boot will feature closed lacing hooks.

Lowa Task Force boots are available in Canada from Millbrook Tactical.






CANSEC 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Please enjoy our somewhat limited coverage of CANSEC 2019. Next week will do a deeper dive on a few, key Canadian Soldier Systems initiatives.






Millbrook Tactical Introduces Liberty Dynamic Flashbangs To Canadian Market

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Ottawa, Canada – We are proud to announce that Millbrook will bring Liberty Dynamic technology to the Canadian market as the exclusive Canadian distributor. The Liberty Dynamic flashbang is a technological leap forward in the industry and will greatly enhance operator safety and effectiveness. Visit us at CANSEC 2019 booth 421 for more information or contact us at [email protected] for a live demonstration.






Rheinmetall’s Autonomous Rescue and Surveillance Vehicles to be Showcased in Canada at CANSEC 2019

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Rheinmetall is launching the Rescue model of its Mission Master at CANSEC 2019. The Mission Master is a modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that facilitates recovery of injured troops without compromising the operators’ safety, along with many other dangerous, dirty, and dull (DDD) tasks.

The newly released rescue variant of Rheinmetall’s flagship autonomous vehicle allows for in-field medical intervention. This gives remotely situated soldiers the ability to evacuate casualties over long distances either autonomously or via remote control.

Rescue model: enhancing casualty care effectiveness

In the field, the right equipment can be the difference between life and death for wounded soldiers, since 90% of fatalities occur between the time of trauma and arrival at the combat zone medical facility.

Rheinmetall’s Rescue UGV has all the equipment necessary for a successful evacuation, including two basket stretchers with sliding provisions, head and foot immobilizers, oxygen masks and canisters, a monitor defibrillator, and a hot/cold box. All of these items would be impossible for a medic to carry on foot, but the Mission Master can handle the load with ease.  

Operators can command the Mission Master from near or far using autonomous navigation, reducing the number of personnel needed on the ground. This feature leaves medics free to focus all of their attention on the injured soldier, as opposed to wasting precious time driving back to the extraction point. While transporting a wounded soldier using the UGV’s stretcher, for example, accompanying medics can use the vehicle as a workstation to administer emergency care.

Using the “follow me” function, the UGV can roll alongside other soldiers, who are busy making sure that the surrounding area is safe and secure. In both “follow me” and autonomous navigation modes, the Mission Master significantly relieves cognitive and physical stress, allowing troops to deal with the mission at hand.

Surveillance that saves lives

The Mission Master – Surveillance is designed to carry out observation and reconnaissance. Rheinmetall’s UGV is equipped with long-range EO/IR cameras, a 5-metre telescopic mast, radar, laser rangefinders (LRF), and GPS heading systems for 360-degree surveillance.

As an autonomous vehicle, the Mission Master – Surveillance can minimize the number of troops needed on the ground, while providing timely situational awareness for enhanced security and informed decision-making. Multiple sensors relay real-time data to the integrated Rheinmetall Command and Control Software (RC2S) and Argus soldier system, enabling rapid threat detection during operation in the field.

The UGV can transport much more specialized, high-performance equipment than soldiers can typically carry on their person. As a result, not only does the Mission Master help to significantly reduce the physical load carried by dismounted soldiers, it also enhances the likelihood of mission success.

The integration advantage

Each version of the Mission Master is networked to both the Argus soldier system and RC2S, the Group’s command and control software. This type of integration is a Rheinmetall specialty, and will be proudly on display at this year’s CANSEC tradeshow.

The rugged, ultra-portable Argus soldier system can control the UGV as well as receive data from its many sensors, delivering mission-critical information straight to soldiers’ tactical user interface. It can also send essential reconnaissance and updates to higher echelons of command via the RC2S.

Seeing is believing

Nothing compares to seeing our UGV in person. At this year’s CANSEC exhibition, Rheinmetall will be showcasing the Rescue model at its outdoor booth, and the Surveillance version in its indoor booth. Don’t miss your chance to speak with our experts about the Mission Master and its many advantages!

www.rheinmetall.com