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Canada reveals defense focus on five emerging technology areas

By OMX | April 27, 2018

Where is the future of defense going? Canada is betting on advanced materials, A.I., cyber resilience, autonomous technologies, and space systems.

This week, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) announced that the government will be using Canada's offset policy to stimulate five emerging technologies and 11 established technologies.

The emerging technologies have been identified as areas with enormous growth potential while the established technologies are seen as areas that are crucial to national defense and where Canada is already globally competitive.

Emerging technologies

  • Advanced materials
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cyber resilience
  • Remotely piloted systems and autonomous technologies
  • Space systems

Established technologies

  • Aerospace systems and components
  • Armour
  • Defence systems integration
  • Electro-optical and infrared systems
  • Ground vehicle solutions
  • In-service support
  • Marine ship-borne mission and platform systems
  • Munitions
  • Shipbuilding, design and engineering services
  • Sonar and acoustic systems
  • Training and simulation

The KICs were first recommended in the 2013 Jenkins Report. The list of KICs are expected to evolve over time to meet new technological advances and Canada's defense requirements.

Earlier this month, the Canadian Federal government announced $2.1 million in funding towards the development of quantum radar.


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