~ Foreign Military Sales ( FMS ) Notices ~
To satisfy United States law, the US Department of Defense's Defense Security Coop- eration Agency (DSCA) must
notify the US Congress of potential exports of any US- made or controlled military equipment
through Foreign Military Sales. If approved by the Congress, the DoD or manufacturer(s) will receive permission
to export to Canada.
Canadian Procurement – US FMS – Armament for CH-146 Griffon – June 2011
Mounts & Parts for GAU-12 Machineguns for CH-146
The GAU-21 is a faster-firing version of Browning's venerable M2MB for aircraft use. Now manufactured only in
Belgium by FN Herstal - which calls it the M3M - in Canadian service, M3Ms are referred to by their US designation,
the GAU-21. CF GAU-21s arm Griffon helicopters as part of INGRESS (Interoperable Griffon
Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance System, a sensor upgrade for the CF CH-146 fleet.
commentary on the GAU-21 and Helicopter Machinegun Armament
Canadian Procurement – US FMS Notice – Mk 48 Mod 7 torpedoes –
Conversion Kits for 36 'New' Canadian Submarine
Victoria class SSK "always late/First thing you learn is you always have to wait"
Canada's Victoria class submarines have spent most of their
time in 'refits'
having spent much of their previous incarnation
as British Upholder class in 'open-air'
the SSK's problems is being an orphan class, meaning no-one
parts. But sometimes DND makes its own problems. An
FMS notice for submarine torpedo upgrades is a case
commentary on the Mk 48 Mod 7 torpedoes and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – Field Artillery –
37 Additional 155mm M777 Light-Weight Towed Howitzers
In January of 2008, an LOI was published for new ' Light Weight Towed Howitzers'. No one seriously expected
any outcome other than an order for additional M777s. As a result, the 17 June 2008 FMS Notice comes as
no surprise either. However, the number of howitzers in this proposed sale is slightly higher than the LOI
required – 37 versus 34. This higher number may be testment to the CF's regard for the
commentary on the M777 / LWTH and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – Boeing CH-47D Chinook
Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters — Six CH-47D Chinooks
This FMS notice covers six, stock-standard ex-US Army 'D model Chinook helicopters
(which entered CF service in Dec 2008 as the CH-147D ). The
package also covered some in-service support and spares (including two T55 turbine engines). Also
mentioned are 30 pairs of night vision goggles and four M240 machineguns (a US version of the FN MAG,
designated C6 GPMGs in Canadian service).
commentary on CH-47D / CH-147D and the US FMS Notice
Heavy Support Vehicle Purchase – DND/CF News Release – 10 May 2006
CF-18 Incremental Modernization Radar Warning Receiver
As a part of the CF-18 IMP (or Incremental Modernization Program), the avionics suite of
Canada's CF-18 Hornet fighters is being updated. One such component is the 1970s- era AN/ALR-67(V)2
radar warning receivers, antennae to detect radar emissions and alert the pilot that his aircraft has been "painted"
by a hostile fighter. The CF-18 RWR is to be the ALR-67(V)3 designed for later F/A-18Fs.
commentary on ALR-67(V)3 RWR and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – Support for Boeing C-17s
Support for C-17/CC-177 (Airlift Capability Project-Strategic)
In early July 2006, an Advance Contract
Award Notice was announced to place orders with Boeing for 4 CC-177 Globe- master III transport aircraft.
As part of that planned CC-177 order, Canada had to seek the US government's permission to procure
specific US-made military equipment – engines, NVGs, secured communications, countermeasures,
training equipment, software, technical support and data, supply and parts support,
etc. The costs for support was estimated at $1.46B (then US $1.3B).
commentary on CC-177 support and US C-17A support FMS Notice
AMIRS Pod – CF-18 Modernization – DND/CF News Release – April
Support for Sikorsky H-92 ( CH-148 ) Maritime Helicopters
Although the CH-148 Cyclone purchase involves a direct commercial contract, US government approval is required
for the export of US military technology (including adapt- ations of civilian aircraft), services and
support expertise, etc. Some $5B in contracts were awarded to Sikorsky (plus General Dynamics Canada and
L-3 Communications) for integrated mission systems, 20 years of support, flight and maintenance
training, and simulators, etc. This FMS was approved. The delays to the Cyclone
contract apparently involve new engines and redesign of the flight dynamics.
commentary on the CH-148 Cyclone and the US H-92 FMS Notice
Open Skies Treaty – DND/CF Backgrounder
– Arms Control – March 2006
The Treaty on Open Skies and the SAMSON Observation Pod
The Australian Defence Force's AIR 5376 Project is an F/A-18 Hornet upgrade (HUG) program akin
to the CF's CF-18 Incremental Modernization Program. The RAAF will upgrade 71 Hornets –
55 F/A-18A single-seaters and 16 F/A-18B two-seaters. As with the CF-18s, key systems
are the radar and IFF but Canadian industry is involved in other aspects of the HUG which require US permission
(cockpit, repair tracking and structure work)
Read CASR commentary on
the F-18 upgrade and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – AIM-120C AMRAAM Missile
AIM-120C AMRAAM Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
Canada wanted the US AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of the
CF's on-going IMP ( Incremental Modernization Program ) of 80 of the Air Force's
remaining CF-18 Hornet fighters. The AMRAAMs are to replace the CF's current AIM-7 Sparrow
medium-range air- to-air missiles (which require continued flying toward a
commentary on AIM-120C AMRAAM and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – SM-2 Standard Missile
SM-2 Block IIIA Standard Naval Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM)
The SM-2 Standard missile arms the Iroquois class air defence destroyers. Canada asked for US
government permission for 12 SM-2 Block IIIA missiles, 12 MK 13 Mod 0 canisters, containers,
spare and repair parts, supply support, technical assistance, plus logistics
support at an estimated cost of US$19M.
commentary on SM-2 Block 111A and the US FMS Notice
Canadian Forces Procurement – US FMS Notice – TOW 2B ITAS
TOW 2B ITAS Improved Target Acquisition System Components
The CF uses TOW 2B anti-tank missiles on tripods and vehicle mounts. ITAS was first purchased for TOW tripod
mounts. ITAS – and an improved fire control system – were then selected as an upgrade for
TOW-Under- Armour. TUA turrets were being refurbished for the LAV but that was scaled back.
commentary on TOW ITAS and the US FMS Notice