Boeing Lost Another Military Contract with Canada, and There's More
The Melting Pot - Trudeau Please don't make a Diefenbaker of yourself!
Melting Pot from from well informed sources...
1 - CSeries
First Korean Air CSeries MSN is 55018 (CS300)… Yes 55019 is also for Korean Air but to be delivered after. MSN 55018 is going to the paint shop first week of August… look for the famous Korean Air (aka Pepsi) livery on a CSeries very soon!
2 - Bombardier Wichita
Since some CSeries FTVs (Flight Test Vehicle: early made aircraft used during the test & certification) having been sold, including the official first production CSeries (MSN 50006) P1, the responsibility of those aircraft preparations and refurbishing work have been given to the Wichita Bombardier staff, this to preserve a minimum number of employee engagement Bombardier for that location. Many came from the LearJet side.
An old hangar at the McConnell Air Force Base has been rented by Bombardier. That hangar used to belong to Boeing where maintenance on the VC-25A aircraft has been performed there. The VC-25A aircrafts (2) are the 747 used to transport the President of the United-States, yes, Air Force One.
In that hangar Bombardier is preparing those CSeries for delivery to its buyer. Delivery was supposed to be happening soon but the buyer asked to take delivery later then scheduled. Logically, this might also be another reason for Bombardier to revise the number of CSeries deliveries for 2017 if that's the case.
Why renting a hangar, why not using the current hangar 6G in their Wichita facility for example? Remember, the Global 7000! Bombardier Flight Test Centre (BFTC) needs all that space for the 5 FTV Global 7000 aircraft (Flight Test Vehicle) during its certification, then later the Global 8000.
-McConnell Air Force Base: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McConnell_Air_Force_...
3- Boeing attacking Bombardier CSeries
This is getting very very interesting. I have some News for you!
First, you are aware of Boeing pressing charge on Bombardier for supposedly "dumping" its CSeries with the sales to Delta? (By the way, Delta doesn't care, their CAE first CSeries simulator is being installed right now!)
CAE CSeries Flight Simulator being installed at Delta - July 2017Photo: Charlie Pickett
-"Some analysts say Boeing carelessly put at risk billions of dollars of defense work or pandered to growing protectionism"
May 22, 2017 http://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-bombardier-c...
For Boeing, the Super Hornet is not the only thing at play now with the Government of Canada (keep reading)
Remember when the Canadian Ambassador in Paris during the "Salon du Bourget" Paris Airshow black listed Boeing Defence from attending any private events held by the Ambassador where Boeing is usually invited?
(And you read about it first here! June 14, 2017 http://www.fliegerfaust.com/byebye-boeing-defence-...)
As we also know, the Canadian Government was about to order some 18 new Super Hornet replacing some of the hold Canadian CF-18 Hornet in the interim of replacing the complete fleet. Ottawa decided to put a BREAK on this initiative with Boeing to look "again for other options". Total value of this contract including maintenance is near $5 billion! Oops Boeing… Again, maybe Boeing Defence needs to have a rather small chat with someone at Boeing Commercial Aircraft… Not too good for the company shareholders someone would think… "Penny Wise Dollar Foolish"?
- Canadian plans put interim Super Hornet deal on hold http://www.fliegerfaust.com/canadian-plans-put-int...
Meanwhile, also pressed but President Trump, Justin Trudeau in Ottawa decided to increase its Military budget toward 2% of its GDP to get closer/on par with the contribution made by the USA in NATO.
- "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doubled down Friday in his defence of Canadian military spending levels, as the U.S. brought fresh pressure to bear on NATO allies to pony up… Canada currently spends about one per cent of GDP on defence, which would mean having to double its $19-billion military budget"
March 2017 http://globalnews.ca/news/3348402/justin-trudeau-nato-defence-spending/
But where will Canada increase its Military budget. More Fighter Jets! Ah! Canada, a country of aviation, we love aviation… First flight in 1840! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_aviation_in_Canada and aircraft flight 1909.
Ah... the Avro Arrow CF-105! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_CF-105_Arrow)
The CBC movie "The Arrow" with Dan Aykroyd
The Arrow (1997) www.youtube.com
(Complete Movie: Featuring Dan Aykroyd : A fantastic, rare, and out-of-print dramatization of one of Canada's most defining moments)
-1959: Diefenbaker cancels Avro Arrow project (Digital Archives)
- Did you know? Ottawa orders all evidence of Arrow destroyed Dumb and Dumber would have done better! Ah Diefenbaker!!!
But today… Canada makes no fighter jets! Hey, Sweden with a population of 10 million built and commercializes the well-known performing Gripen. What about Canada? http://www.fliegerfaust.com/sweden-can-build-a-nex...
Trudeau's Government decided, instead replacing all Canada old CF-18 by 65 new Fighter Jets, the new decision is to increase this number to 88, almost one third, or 35% more!
What a bad timing for the USA to renegotiate NAFTA and Boeing to Complaint about CSeries, when Canada was getting ready to go all-in selecting the F-35 by Lockheed Martin, purely made in the USA. Estimated above $50 billion with 65 jets, add 35% and you now have a value around $68 billion.
At the same time, many in Ottawa did remember the offer made by Dassault (France) for its perfect Rafale where Dassault offered to have it built in Canada (JOBS!!! Not any JOBS… AEROSPACE JOBS!!! How sweat to any politicians planning his 2019 federal election). As you might know, Trudeau government did not want the F-35, which was the project of the Harper government. The Rafale is a twin engine aircraft like the CF-18, important when you fly far away covering Canada to the North Pole and back. Have this requirement for the next Canadian Fighter jet would close the F-35 case for good. it's a single engine aircraft!
Dassault not only offered the Rafale fighter jet to be totally assembled in Canada, but also some parts made in Canada and integrating them into their global world-wide Rafale supply chain.
More about Dassault Rafale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dassault_Rafale
And Dassault offered more
Dassault offered as well the total transfer of the Intellectual Property of the Rafale made for Canada.
Here is what Yves Robins, vice-président principal, Dassault Aviation said:
"Should the Canadian industry wish to assemble or produce part of the Rafale in Canada, we are fully open to it" - "intellectual property" associated with the Rafale would be part of any sale, including the source codes for the fighter's computer system as well as the know-how to adapt and update the aircraft — both hardware and software — throughout its lifespan and is willing to have the planes assembled in Canada. The Rafale will be Canadianized… transfer of technology to the Canadian industry, creating high-value jobs and integrating the Canadian industry in the global supply chain."
Robins also said in an interview:
"the jobs created in Canada would far exceed those that would flow from a purchase of the F-35"
4- From well informed sources, the Canadian Government also did put on hold another military contract with Boeing Defence
Canada was ready to decide on replacing its fleet of aging Aurora CP-140 by the Boeing P-8, the contract was almost signed!
And there's more…
The CP-140 Aurora is an anti-submarine warfare and surveillance aircraft used by the Canadian Air Force.
And Electra... you got it, if you watch Buffalo Airways in Ice Pilots TV Reality show, you remember the Electra? That's what it is, 1950s aircraft, modified for a military purpose. I know, for "Buffalo" Joe McBryan those are top of the art.
After all, there seem to be light at the end of the tunnel in the Trudeau Government. Keep reading…
Many forgot about the recommendations made by the Maritime Air Veterans Association (MAVA) regarding the replacement of the Aurora. Trudeau will probably use this now… In their document named "Preserve Canada's Strategic Surveillance Capability" presented to the Defence Policy Review Committee.
Here are the recommendations, and they are… Fascinating!
It is recommended that update and life extension modifications be completed on all 18 Aurora aircraft before the window of opportunity closes.
It is recommended that RCAF manpower and associated funding be increased to restore the Aurora fleet to its full 18 aircraft capability.
It is recommended that planning be initiated now to replace the 18 aircraft Aurora fleet by 2030 with a fully ASW/ISR capable aircraft with sufficient range and endurance to meet Canadian strategic (sub-surface and overland) surveillance requirements. Such planning should consider the possible development of a maritime version of the Bombardier C-Series airliner in the same manner that Canadair developed the Argus from the Bristol Britannia airliner. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canada-needs-to-boost-aurora-aircraft-fleet-now-start-purchase-of-new-surveillance-aircraft
Like Brazil does with Embraer, the USA with Boeing, Europe with Airbus… Make sense isn't it?
- Bombardier CS300 vs Boeing P-8: A truly Canadian alternative http://www.vanguardcanada.com/2016/01/26/bombardie...
CSeries is not the only aircraft made in Canada on the list to replace the Aurora. The Q400 is also a candidate and offered by SAAB (who supplements it with the surveillance/electronic military equipment). Marshall offers additional fuel wing tip tanks for the Q400 too.
More on the SAAB offering using Bombardier Q400 and Global 6000 aircraft http://saabgroup.com/Media/news-press/news/2016-02...
L-3 Q400 Offered to the UK instead of Boeing P-8 offer http://www.fliegerfaust.com/had-not-seen-this-imag...
Canadians are not the only ones on the list… Airbus with its Casa 295 version, same aircraft type selected this year to Search & Rescue replacing the fleet of CC-115 Buffalo base on the DHC-5 aircraft. A contact of almost $5 billion including the 20 years maintenance.
The agile CC-115 Buffalo search and rescue (SAR) aircrafts can take off and land on even the most rugged terrain and in areas as short as a soccer field.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, third Left presenting the new Airbus C-295 the CC-115 BuffaloPhoto: Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press
But that's not all… the Polaris CC-150 are also on the list of aircraft to replace. It's a modified Airbus 310-300. Two are fuel tankers, 1 is VIP for the Prime Minister and others (passenger version), and two are Cargo, for a total of 5 aircraft. As a aerial refueling tanker, the Airbus A330MRT could be a good choice. For the VIP version is the CSeries again…
Would it be wrong for the Prime Minister of Canada to arrive in a foreign country showing off his Made in Canada Top of the Line aircraft? Would it time he starts promoting Canadian Aerospace by having the Government of Canada intentionally promoting its "latest and unique" aircraft? Yes I know, Ottawa got two new Challengers last year… you did not know?
Remember the Avro Arrow… Remember the Avro Arrow…
Will the Trudeau government be a government of all Nations OR a Government by Canadian for Canadians First? He has all the cards now to play a great win for Canadians. Please, DO NOT SACRIFICE the Canadian Aerospace industry like was done by the Conservative Diefenbaker government with the Avro Arrow CF-105!!!
MESSAGE TO JUSTIN TRUDEAU and you all Canadian Liberals. If you play this right for Canada, I promise I will renew my Laurier Club membership and vote for you in 2019. Make us, Canadians, Proud! Only a Strong Canada can help the World.
What do you think the Canadian Government should do?
Now that Boeing is accusing Bombardier with its CSeries of something that does not make sense. President Trump renegotiating NAFTA pressing hard on Canada/USA trades… Forcing Canada to spend more on Military…
To guarantee this article ends very nicely... Here are the First Ever Twins to fly on-board a Bombardier CSeries!
Lanis Thate-Hembree & Lynnette McCoubrey – Corporate Flight Attendants at Bombardier
When I say CSeries, right now you know about the CS100 and CS300… but the CS500 has been flying "virtually" for 3 years already. Did you know? ;-)
Sylvain Faust http://www.fliegerfaust.com
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