USE THIS ONECAE appoints Daniel Gelston as group president for defence and security: CAE announced it has appointed Daniel Gelston as group president for defence and security effective 24 August and will be based in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Heidi Wood, CAE’s executive vice president for Business Development & Growth Initiatives, who was also acting as interim group president. Before joining CAE Gelston served as president of L3Harris Technologies’ Broadband Communications Systems sector and president of Communication Systems-West division. In this role Gelston led his team to multiple record-breaking years of fiscal performance and significantly improved the business’s overall competitive win-rate and pipeline expansion. Prior to his leadership role at L3Harris Technologies Gelston was president of the Special Security Agreement (SSA) businesses Smiths Detection and Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance. In 2017, he led the SSA-controlled portion of Smith’s US$710 million Morpho Detection acquisition and the divestment of Smith’s Brazil business. In 2015 Gelston led the sale of Cobham’s Surveillance Business and served as CEO during its transition to a standalone company.

Australia’s Defence looking for new bids on canvas products: Defence is inviting proposals from Australian companies to provide a wide range of quality canvas-type products for the Australian Defence Force, including tents, tarpaulins, mail bags and field furniture. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the A$2 million deal would provide Australian industry with an opportunity to secure work over an initial three-year period, with options for extensions. “This approach will enable the rolling replacement of existing stock, ensuring a continuous supply of high-quality canvas products for a range of ADF activities,” Price said. The new contract will form a new Standing Offer Deed agreement, reducing the administrative burden on Australian industry, and providing successful tenderers with greater assurance of work. Further information about this tender is now available at:

GeoSpectrum Technologies unveils new long-range underwater acoustic effector: GeoSpectrum Technologies, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary, has introduced a new C-Bass family of compact Very Low Frequency (VLF) long-range acoustic underwater transducers. Generating high power at very low frequencies from a small source is considered a technological challenge, with current high power underwater VLF sources available on the market being extremely large, costly and requiring a crew of at least a dozen people to operate. Addressing these deficiencies, GeoSpectrum introduces the patented, C-BASS family of underwater transducers, offering the market a deployable system that is small in size and weight but still maintains the high-power and frequency range (bandwidth) of legacy systems. Robust, affordable, easy to operate with, ranges exceeding 2500 km and capable to effectively operate under ice, the C-BASS family of transducers is suitable for a wide range of sub-sea applications including: communication/transmission from shore or surface units to submarines; divers’ alert and communications; communication with Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for control/positioning; mine sweeping, as well as augmentation of submarine signatures when transiting in or out of ports or narrow passages. C-BASS transducers are available in a variety of sizes and configurations from the 20 cm diameter configuration that can even fit in a medium UUV up to the 1.1 m diameter unit used in a multi-source high-power configuration for seismic exploration.


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