Collaboration to Deliver Canada’s New Multi-Mission Aircraft

The platform will combine Bombardier Defense’s renowned Global 6500 aircraft with General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada’s fully interoperable mission system technology and sensors to create a next-generation aircraft By DA Staff / 23 May 2023
Collaboration to Deliver Canada’s New Multi-Mission Aircraft
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Bombardier Defense and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada (GDMS-C) are collaborating to deliver a next-generation Multi-Mission and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft designed to meet the requirements set by the Government of Canada for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) program. 

Both long-standing Canada-based companies are leveraging their extensive networks to prepare for success in a competitive, open, and transparent procurement process, and are joining forces as Canada’s Multi-Mission Aircraft Team. 

The foundation for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft Team’s solution is Bombardier’s highly efficient and agile Global 6500 aircraft, the right-sized jet for the CMMA with next-generation engines, long range, high endurance, and coupled with proven reliability and better fuel efficiency as documented in the jet’s recently published Environmental Product Declaration. The Global family of aircraft is the platform of choice for over 10 different mission types across the globe, given its ability to deploy in all weather conditions with full mission payload, its ultimate combination of speed, range and endurance, and its 24/7 worldwide support infrastructure.  

The aircraft will host General Dynamics’ best-in-class integrated mission systems, drawing directly from Canada’s investment in the newly modernized CP140 Block IV and CH-148 Cyclone. This operationally-proven Canadian design forms the basis for the iterative and low risk integration of modernized sensors and systems. The companies believe this future-proof foundation will also ensure continued operational relevance, responding to Canada’s emergent needs through the middle of this century.  

“Canadians deserve a leading-edge fleet for their Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft program. Bombardier is eager to take on this opportunity to deliver a state-of-the-art platform,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice-President, Aircraft Sales and Bombardier Defense. “This is a generational opportunity for a Canadian company to leverage its Made-In-Canada Global 6500 aircraft, renowned for their outstanding performance and customized mission enhancers for each client. Having Bombardier work on CMMA is the right choice from an aircraft performance standpoint, and also, an opportunity for Canada to foster innovation, bolster its capabilities and support talent across Canada’s aerospace industry from coast to coast to coast.”

”For decades, General Dynamics has been proud to provide solutions to Canada’s defense requirements,” said Joel Houde, Vice President and General Manager, General Dynamics Mission Systems–International. “This new partnership unlocks a generational opportunity to couple our leading edge, trusted mission systems to ultimately provide a made-in-Canada solution that supports Canada’s multi-mission airborne needs into the future, while creating a readily exportable capability that will benefit Canada in so many other ways.” 

The companies believe this partnership to deliver a Canadian Multi-Mission aircraft will benefit the Pan-Canadian aerospace ecosystem, resulting in the creation of high caliber jobs, numerous opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), scientific communities, and educational institutions in various regions of the country. With competitive acquisition and significantly lower operating costs, cross decking of existing mission system capabilities onto a high-performance, modern Global 6500 aircraft, represents a low-risk, evolutionary approach to achieving Canada’s multi-mission aircraft needs. 

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