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Volume 18, Number 20, May 12, 2004

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Cdn Defence Research and Development: Update

Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) is investing $33.5 million in six new projects proposed under the Technology Demonstration Program, a collaborative initiative involving Canadian industry, academia, and government designed to encourage technology development for the Canadian Forces.

The Technology Demonstration Program was introduced in 1999 to measure the impact of scientific and technological advances on military operations. It is typically aimed at technology evaluation and concept validation, with projects spanning three to four years in duration. In exchange for making investments and contributions, Canadian industry partners benefit from insight into future projects, the ability to take advantage of intellectual property, and the development of new skills within their workforce. The Technology Demonstration Program strengthens Canada’s ability to compete in international markets through commercialization and technology transfers, and further contributes to economic prosperity through job creation and exports.

The six projects include: Electronic Countermeasures for Remote Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices ; Interoperable Combat Fluid Resuscitation Capability; Advanced Integrated Multi- Sensing Surveillance System; Space-Based Hyperspectral Image Exploitation; Multi-Sensor Torpedo Detection, Classification and Localization; and the Code Division Multiple Access Geo-location Demonstrator. Each project is related to the land, air, maritime, and joint elements of the Canadian Forces.

DRDC will display the results of on-going Technology Demonstration Projects April 22 and 23, 2004 at CANSEC , an annual exhibition sponsored by the Canadian Defence Industries Association, held at the Congress Centre in Ottawa.

DRDC is an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence responding to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces. Its mission is to ensure that the CF remains scientifically and operationally relevant. The agency is made up of six research centres located across Canada with a corporate office in Ottawa. DRDC has an annual budget of $250 million and employs 1400 people. With a broad scientific program, DRDC actively collaborates with industry, international allies, academia, other government departments and the national security community.

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