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Aéro Montréal welcomes governments’ commitment to support the sustainable recovery of the aerospace industry

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Montréal, Thursday, July 15, 2021 – Aéro Montréal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, welcomes major investments confirming the strategic and economic importance of the sector. In a special announcement today, the governments of Québec and Canada provided $685 million to support the development of tomorrow’s sustainable aerospace technologies.

This funding will support projects led by Bell Textron Canada, CAE and Pratt & Whitney Canada, representing investments of $2 billion in Canada, including nearly $1.6 billion in Québec.

A return to growth through innovation

With the support of governments, Bell Textron Canada, CAE and Pratt & Whitney Canada – three major players in the sector – have kicked off a green recovery for the Québec and Canadian aerospace industry by announcing three major projects that will contribute to reducing the sector’s environmental footprint.

The announcement of these projects  was made in the presence of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; François Legault, Premier of Québec; the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada; the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages of Canada; and Éric Girard, Minister of Finance and Minister of Economy and Innovation of Québec.

Prime Minister Trudeau took advantage of the announcement to launch the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI), which will provide $250 million in federal investment over three years. Unveiled in the 2021 budget, this initiative will provide exceptional leverage for SMEs and subcontractors in the ecosystem. Its objective will be to support those companies that innovate to accelerate the sector’s sustainable transition, boost productivity and improve the industry’s resilience and competitiveness. 

By demonstrating its willingness to develop and market more environmentally friendly technologies and products, the industry is paving the way for a new era in aviation. With this announcement, the governments are reiterating their determination to support this approach and to preserve one of the economy’s flagships.

Future-oriented projects to attract the next generation of workers

The aerospace industry intends to redouble its efforts to attract the next generation of workers. The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs. In total, more than 1,000 jobs will be created in Québec and across Canada.

Committed to working with educational institutions to stimulate interest in the sector among the next generation of students, Bell Textron Canada, CAE and Pratt & Whitney Canada will be able to offer co-op placements to more than 6,200 students as part of these projects.

“The collaboration between governments and the industry ecosystem demonstrates the systemic approach that will guide our recovery,” said Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal. “Together, we have built a harmonized roadmap towards a green recovery and concrete solutions, fully adapted to the needs of the sector. By focusing on the development of innovative technologies, we will succeed in retaining our talent and appealing to the next generation, as well as strengthening our position as a leader in innovation and in attracting strategic investment in aerospace.” 

About Aéro Montréal

Created in 2006, Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, as well as associations and unions.

The activities of Aéro Montréal are made possible thanks to the participation of the governments of Canada and Québec, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, as well as  company members of the cluster.

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BSF to Get Anti-Drone Technology

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Considering the increasing threat of drones on the entire western border, including Jammu, BSF is soon going to acquire anti-drone technology.

BSF western command special DG S S Panwar on his two-day visit to the border areas told reporters that along with whatever latest technique is required for guarding the borders, BSF is planning to acquire this tech.

Panwar visited border outposts in the Shahgarh bulge area of 108 battalions and took stock of operational readiness, effectiveness and other security arrangements. Battalion commandant Satyanand Pandey, sector north DIG Arun Kumar Singh and other company commanders briefed him about the entire border area.

Addressing a soldier’s meet at Veerhill BOP, he warned them about the threat of drones and advised them to remain alert. He praised the jawans for discharging their duty in these tough conditions. He asked the jawans to plant more trees around BOPs.

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Rajnath Singh-led DAC to finalise deal to buy 30 US made MQ-9 Reaper drones

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India is finalising its deal to acquire 30 US made MQ-9 Reaper or Predator B armed drones for its military. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh-led Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) will take the final call in its meeting scheduled for next week.

Official sources claim that India will be acquiring 30 MQ-9 Reaper—10 each for the three services (Army, Navy and IAF)—from the US worth $3 billion (approximately ₹22,000 crore).  Procurement of armed drone will further sharpen India’s offensive capabilities as till date Indian military only operates drones for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

“Earlier, one of the services was not keen to go ahead with the procurement of Predator B armed drones. But, now all issues have been resolved. DAC will take a final call on the issue soon,” said a defence official.

Moreover, if the deal goes through, it would be the first tri-service procurement since Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was appointed to synergise the operational and procurement requirement of the armed forces. Once cleared by the DAC, the cabinet committee on security will give its final approval.

In 2019, Donald Trump-led US administration had approved the sale of Predator-B armed drones to India. If it happens, India will become the first country outside the NATO alliance to get such a weapon from Washington.

Last year, Major General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of powerful Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed along with several officials from Iraqi militia backed by Tehran when an American MQ-9 Reaper drone fired missiles into a convoy that was leaving the airport.

The MQ-9B, manufactured by San Diego-based General Atomics, has an endurance of 48 hours, can carry a payload of about 1,700 kilograms (3,700 pounds) with a range of over 6,000 nautical miles. It comes with nine hard-points, capable of carrying sensors and laser-guided bombs besides air-to-ground missiles, with a maximum payload of two tonnes.

With the weaponised drone, the Indian military will be able to do what NATO forces did in Afghanistan; launching remote control operations and surgical strikes on terrorists’ hideouts in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and engaging with targets on Himalayan borders. It has also given long legs to Indian navy to keep an eye on Chinese warships loitering the southern Indian Ocean.

Last year, Indian navy leased two unarmed MQ-9 Predators amidst tension on border with China in eastern Ladakh. Presently, Indian security agencies use Israeli UAVs, and Defence Research and Development Organisation-developed Netra and Rustom drones.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is already in India to enhance bilateral relations between the two strategic partners. Last week, the US has handed over two MH 60 R multi-role helicopters to Indian navy. The Indian navy is procuring 24 of these Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales from the US government at an estimated cost of $2.4 billion. The deal was signed in February 2020, when then US President Donald Trump was on his maiden visit to India

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Alitalia Cargo lifts 1 million vaccine doses from Italy to El Salvador

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Alitalia Boeing 777 cargo flight landed in San Salvador, El Salvador at 1:55 pm on July 26, 2021 with one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China.

Alitalia flight number AZ9460 operated by Boeing 777-243ER EI-DDH. It returned as AZ9461 the following day to Milan Malpensa.

A few weeks ago Alitalia Cargo operated a similar cargo flight from Milan Malpensa to Port of Spain for delivery vaccines to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

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