200 DEFENCE JOBS CREATED IN OTTAWA BY DAVID PUGLIESE OTTAWA CITIZEN JOURNALIST

 

 

 

By David Pugliese, Reporter

The Ottawa Citizen

 

Defence deal set to bring up to 200 jobs to Ottawa; Thales Canada wins military contract worth $184 million

The Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

 

Up to 200 new jobs could be created in the Ottawa area as a result of military contracts announced Monday.

 

Thales Canada, which has about 190 employees in Ottawa, will receive a $184-million contract to develop software for the army’s command and control system. The contract runs for five years, but there is an option to continue such work for an additional five years.

 

Thales spokesman Conrad Bellehumeur said the contract will sustain 60 jobs at its Ottawa facility. Those employees had already been working on earlier versions of the software for the army’s command and control systems.

 

The new contract would also create 30 new jobs at the firm’s offices in Ottawa and Quebec City, he said.

 

With subcontracts and spinoff work going to other high-tech companies, there is the potential for another 170 new jobs in Ottawa because of the Defence Department contract, according to Bellehumeur.

 

The battle management system being developed by Thales is based on original software that the firm created for the French army.

 

Bellehumeur said the firm sees a growing market for such software for civilian agencies, such as for police forces and those who deal with large-scale security operations, such as the Olympics.

 

He declined for security reasons to get into specifics about what the firm is doing for the Defence Department. But Bellehumeur said it involves integrating the flow of information from various sources on the battlefield.

 

“Thales’s strength is systems integration, so it’s taking all of the components of the system, whether it’s a handheld (device) for a soldier on the ground or computer imagery and integrating all of that,” he said.

 

There is also great potential to export such software to other countries, Bellehumeur added.

 

Thales Canada has 1,350 employees in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto.

 

The Ottawa branch handles the defence portion of the company’s work, said Bellehueur. The bulk of the firm’s employees are in Toronto and work on systems for urban rail such as subways. The company’s parent firm is based in France.

 

The second contract announced Monday was awarded to General Dynamics Canada of Ottawa, but the bulk of the work will be done in the firm’s Calgary facilities.

 

General Dynamics Canada was awarded the long-term support contract for the Canadian army’s land command support system. The contract is valued at $341 million and runs for five years.

 

General Dynamics Canada spokeswoman Amy MacLeod said the contract will sustain 250 existing jobs at the company’s Calgary location.

 

General Dynamics has been providing support for the army’s digital communications systems since 2003.

 

 

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One Response to “200 DEFENCE JOBS CREATED IN OTTAWA BY DAVID PUGLIESE OTTAWA CITIZEN JOURNALIST”

  1. DND TO REQUEST LEOPARD TANK FUNDING FROM TREASURY BOARD - News and Opinion Blog of Blogs Says:

    […] Defence Department officials will be before Treasury Board soon to request funding for the Leopard 2 tank project.Defence Watch has been told they are hoping to either make their presentation to TB on June 8 or June 18.Cabinet has given its approval for the project to refurbish 20 Leopard 2 tanks in Germany so they can be sent as quickly as possible to Afghanistan. Another 20 Leopard 2 tanks will also be refurbished in Germany and those turned over to the government there as payment for tanks that nation had earlier loaned the Canadian army. The package to be presented to Treasury Board also includes approval for work on the 40 Leopard 2 tanks now stored in Montreal.Although Cabinet has approved all this work, the mechanisms of government require that those who hold the purse-strings approve the financial portion.The Harper government announced the purchase of 100 used Leopard 2 tanks from the Netherlands in April 2007 as well as the loan of another 20 tanks from Germany for use in Afghanistan. The German-supplied tanks are currently in Kandahar, along with other older Canadian Leopards.Forty of the tanks purchased from the Netherlands have been sitting in the depot in Montreal since November. For previous articles I have written on procurement go to the following links:http://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/06/18/procurement-david-pugliese/http://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/military-procurements-in-trouble-by-david-pugliese/http://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/mackay-announces-infrastructure-contracts-by-david-pugliese-ottawa-citizen-journalist/http://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/200-defence-jobs-created-in-ottawa-by-david-pugliese-o… […]

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