What’s more, 91% of those Canadian companies are small and medium-sized enterprises, and our global footprint means that Canadian technologies and products are being incorporated into our global supply chain. For example, WR Davis Engineering in Ottawa, Rolls-Royce in Ontario and L-3 in Montreal have all begun work on delivering high-technology systems for Type 26.
Land and air collaboration
On land we have collaborated for many years with Soucy International in Drummondville, Quebec, on the rubber tracks used on our BV-series, M113 and CV90 vehicles. Ontario and New Brunswick-based DEW Engineering has led the M113 armoured personnel carrier sustainment program since 1996, carrying out repair and overhaul, technical services and logistics support for this BAE Systems vehicle. In the air domain, CAE uses our Hawk fast jet training aircraft for the NATO Flight Training operation at Cold Lake, Alberta.
As part of BAE Systems’ involvement on F-35 manufacture Canadian companies are benefitting. We have transferred advanced assembly techniques, composite manufacturing, machining capabilities, quality standards, engineering methodologies and tooling and assembly technology to support Magellan and Avcorp in producing key aerostructures. Magellan manufactures F-35 CTOL horizontal tail assemblies and Avcorp is the single source for the foldable outboard wing on the carrier version of F-35.
Our technological know-how is also helping high-tech Canadian civil businesses develop. For instance, among our collaborations is one with Instream Energy Systems of Vancouver, which develops and installs advanced hydro-electric power generation systems which do not require expensive dams or diversions.