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Well, since the last smart RCAF officer left C Prog...

It's up to PSPC and TB to decide?   ;)

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Not sure if this has been previously or in another thread. If it has my apologies. Back on 01 May 2019 the Canadian government issued its "Invitation to Qualify for the Procurement Process for the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Project." The document can be found here.

A couple interesting facts are contained in the document:

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Wikipedia now lists the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, designated CU-163 is in Canadian service: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Air_Force#Rotary_wing

I believe this is incorrect data.  Anybody here a wikipedia editor?
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Wikipedia now lists the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, designated CU-163 is in Canadian service: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Air_Force#Rotary_wing

I believe this is incorrect data.  Anybody here a wikipedia editor?

The CU-163 was the Altair, which was a version of the Reaper tested in 2004.

http://www.ga.com/altair-unmanned-aircraft-to-deploy-to-canada
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Very interesting--Luftwaffe abandoning MQ-4C for Bombardier Global 6000:

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Germany walks away from $2.5 billion purchase of US Navy’s Triton spy drones

The German government has canceled plans to buy Northrop Grumman-made Triton drones to the tune of $2.5 billion, opting instead for manned planes carrying eavesdropping sensors.

The decision to buy Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft comes after officials became convinced that the Global Hawk derivatives would be unable to meet the safety standards needed for flying through European airspace by 2025, a target date for Berlin’s NATO obligations [emphasis added].

A defense ministry spokeswoman told Defense News the Triton option had grown “significantly more expensive” compared with earlier planning assumptions.

The U.S. State Department in April 2018 cleared Germany’s request to purchase four MQ-4C Triton drones for signals intelligence missions under the country’s PEGASUS program, short for “Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System.” The program includes a sensor, dubbed “ISIS-ZB” and made by Hensoldt, for intercepting communications and locating targets by their electromagnetic signature.

The German Defence Ministry for years had been banking on the Triton purchase to come with a pre-installed safety-technology package that would be easily approved by European air traffic authorities. But officials saw their hopes dashed as Italy recently issued a military-type certificate for a sister drone — NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance fleet of Global Hawks, stationed in Sigonella, Sicily — that prescribes tight restrictions on flights over the continent.

Manned aircraft like the envisioned Global 6000 are allowed to routinely fly alongside civilian traffic, a prospect that the Germans see as more palatable than dealing with drone-specific airspace corridors.

Berlin hopes to catch the tail end of Bombardier’s Global 6000 manufacturing run, as the model is being phased out in favor of an upgrade. While that strategy could yield a better price, Berlin needs to move soon before the production line goes cold [emphasis added], according to officials...
https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2020/01/28/germany-walks-away-from-25-billion-purchase-of-us-navys-triton-spy-drones/

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Well, Bombardier and Canada benefits from that, of course.
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There won't be a Bombardier in very near future. 

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Interesting article (authored by General Atomics):  Establishing a Persistent Presence: The Value of Versatile and Affordable UAVs in the Arctic

https://www.defensenews.com/native/general-atomics/2020/05/12/establishing-a-persistent-presence-the-value-of-versatile-and-affordable-uavs-in-the-arctic/

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Just realized this threat is 13 years old...



Not the Heron, but proof of concept.

Elbit adds life-saving capability to Hermes 900

https://www.flightglobal.com/aerospace/elbit-adds-life-saving-capability-to-hermes-900/138263.article

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Elbit Systems has added a life-saving capability to the maritime patrol version of its Hermes 900, equipping the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with four six-person life rafts that can be dropped to survivors.

The Israeli company has delivered an example to an undisclosed customer in South-East Asia, and believes the latest feature could give its UAV an edge over manned aircraft in search and rescue contests, including the UK%u2019s upcoming SAR-2G %u2013 or second generation %u2013 requirement.

%u201CAdverse weather and short endurance significantly degrade the SAR capabilities of manned aircraft, often preventing them from executing their life-saving missions,%u201D says the manufacturer. However, the Hermes 900 can fly continuously for more than 24h in %u201Cadverse conditions day and night%u201D.

Elbit says the aircraft%u2019s onboard radar and electro-optical/infrared sensor can visually identify survivors and calculate the best drop-point, enabling the rafts to be dispatched from as low as 600ft to a point a safe distance from those in the sea.


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Elbit adds life-saving capability to Hermes 900

There is no way the Hermes 900 is flying 24h with a pod like that. 
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There is no way the Hermes 900 is flying 24h with a pod like that.
I suspect it can fly 24 hours OR carry the pod, but not both.