Air Force

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) enables the science and technology (S&T) advice, foresight, innovation and integration supporting the operational and technological effectiveness of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). 

Programs

Air Integrated

Ensures the RCAF has the tools, knowledge and concepts for improved mission effectiveness and greater situational awareness through integrated, interoperable and networked capabilities, including networked sensors with a shared operational picture.

Air Reach

Ensures an optimized and integrated RCAF capable of operating across the expanse of the country and projecting air power to the extremes of Canada’s sovereignty and approaches (this includes a comprehensive expeditionary capability).

Air Power

Ensures  an Air Force capable of conducting operations across the air power spectrum and operating in contested air space with protection from threats on the ground and in the air, while executing missions with tailored force capability and tunable effects.

Air Agile

Ensures the RCAF will have better tools to employ efficient and effective force generation and enabling capabilities, including pilot and aircrew training. This includes all aspects of system sustainment, human effectiveness, power and energy, and expeditionary support.

The Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness (URSA) system arrives at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrainm on December 28, 2016. URSA will support Operation Artemis and the Canadian-led Combined Task Force 150 team. PHOTO: Captain Colette Brake

A high-tech boost to the use of satellites on deployed operations

Since its inception in 2012, the Canadian Space Operations Centre (CANSpOC) has provided valuable support to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations, delivering space-domain awareness, battlespace information and space capability on a daily basis.
January 5, 2017

A member of HMCS Charlottetown’s Sea King detachment watches the Greek Navy frigate Spetsai (F453) (bottom), HMCS Charlottetown (top) and the Italian Navy frigate Virginio Fasan (F591) during Operation Reassurance in the Mediterranean Sea on September 15, 2016.

Neck pain research yields solutions

Defence Research and Development Canada’s Toronto Research Centre and the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment (CFEME) have studied chronic neck pain among Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircrew including pilots and flight engineers and have provided a series of solutions.
October 31, 2016

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