Army

Arrest warrant for Canadian soldier

A Canadian Army trooper faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and forcible confinement following an Ontario court’s hearing in a private prosecution. The accuser’s lawyer said the civil action was initiated after the Department of National Defence declined to prosecute after an investigation in 2018. A warrant has been issued for Corporal Oleksii Silin, based at CFB Gagetown. [node:read-more:link]

Rapid Ukrainian tank training expected

New tank training programs in Poland could get the Ukrainian army ready to operate Leopard 2 main battle tanks in as few as six weeks due to their experience thousands of Ukrainians have built up in combat with their own and captured Russian armour. That could position Ukraine for a spring counteroffensive against Russian invaders a year into their war. [node:read-more:link]

Leopard MBTs for Ukraine

Unnamed German government sources say their government, subject to parliamentary debate January 25, is prepared to send Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. The expected ratification would effectively free Canada and other NATO allies to ship their Leopards as well to bolster the country’s defences. [node:read-more:link]

Army modernization a glacial process

More than a decade after the Army identified the need for a range of equipment upgrades needed to ensure its status as a modern combat force, most of the plans have atrophied with age, a victim of a political indecision and a glacially-slow procurement process. The new gear includes ground-based air defence, modern anti-tank systems and long-range artillery, all top priorities for many of Canada’s allies in Europe as they face down a resurgent Russia. [node:read-more:link]

Army recruitment shortfall worrisome

The commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Joe Paul, says more demands at home and abroad are putting increased pressure on his resources. The situation has been exacerbated by continued shrinkage in the ranks. He says the loss of 1,200 soldiers in 2021 could be followed by 800 more once the final 2022 count is in. [node:read-more:link]

BAE proposing radical IFV

BAE Systems Land & Armaments is proposing a radical replacement for its M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle, which has been in service with the U.S. Army since 1981. While there’s a basic similarity, a seminal difference in the “optionally manned” design unveiled November 30 is the replacement of its large diesel engine, which has a readily-targettable heat signature, with a hybrid-electric system distributed throughout the armoured hull. That also frees up internal space to relocate other components. [node:read-more:link]

Combat engineers heading to Poland

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced today in Warsaw that Canada will send “approximately” 40 combat engineers to bolster training in Poland of Ukrainian forces on reconnaissance, explosives, mining and de-mining. She said it would complement other Canadian training support such as the use of the M777 howitzers Canada donated to Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

Canadian military getting new pistols

The Canadian Army expects to begin receiving the first of at least 7,200 new Sig Sauer P320s sem i-automatic pistols next summer under a US$3.2-million contract signed with Victoria-based M.D. Charleton Co. Announced today, the contract, which also includes holsters, spares and training, has an option for up to 9,500 pistols for the RCAF, Navy and Military Police, which would boost the procurement to US$7.6 million. [node:read-more:link]

No non-essential military activities

The Chief of the Defence Staff has ordered an immediate halt to all non-essential Canadian Armed Forces activities due to personnel shortages. General Wayne Eyre sent the order to senior commanders across the country October 5, saying that his “interim goal is to address shortcomings that are preventing the CAF more specifically from being in the position it needs to (be) in order to excel as a modern and combat-ready military force.” [node:read-more:link]

Army has issues with new machine guns

The Canadian Army, in cooperation with Colt Canada, is addressing problems with many of the company’s C6A1 general purpose machine guns despite the fact that they’re based on a proven design used by more than 80 other countries. Defective parts and other issues have been found in more than 1,000 of the 3,331 weapons delivered to date under a contract for 4,774. [node:read-more:link]

SABER suit cuts troopers’ burden

An exosuit developed by the U.S. Army and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee is a step closer to deployment after getting good grades from more than 100 soldiers. Weighing less than 1.5 kilograms, the Soldier Assistive Bionic Exosuit for Resupply works as a harness around arms and legs and when a activated, an arrangement of straps lessen the burden of lifting heavy objects. [node:read-more:link]

He might have used a domestic brew

Seriously, however, the Department of National Defence has ordered a “unit investigation” after a Royal 22nd Regiment paratrooper posted images of himself drinking an American light beer during a jump at CFB Petawawa. The stunt apparently was the operator’s last because he retired from the military September 1 but a DND official points out that “the code of service discipline still applies.” [node:read-more:link]

3 RCR struts its stuff in public

CFB Petawawa, a couple of hours northwest of Ottawa, was the site of a public display by the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiments, of its paratroopers’ skills August 17. Jumping from a Lockheed Martin CC-130 Hercules transport at low altitude, dozens of troops landed on an Ottawa River beach as well as into the water itself. “Paratroopers may at some point accidentally land in the water, so conducting an exercise such as this today allows us to practice their drills and how to react accordingly,” said the exercise’s organizer, Major Paul Mayne. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. Army troops looking for operations upgrade

Lockheed Martin has a $58.8-million contract to furnish the U.S. Army with prototypes of a suite of electronic warfare, cyber and signals intelligence capabilities. The Terrestrial Layer System-Brigade Combat Team prototypes will be incorporated in Stryker combat vehicles (derived from the Canadian Armed Forces LAV III platform developed by Generl Dynamics Land Systems-Canada) for operational assessment as the Army moves to a joint all-domain operations philosophy. [node:read-more:link]

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