C-27J FWSAR E-Newsletter - August 2013

August 22, 2013 | In The News

Alenia Aermacchi Expands Canadian Team

Team Spartan's latest edition of their FWSAR newsletter has been issued. This edition centers on Team Spartan's progress on its Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) plan including information on its recent Canadian cross-country partner tour and the team's new Canadian hires, Mr. James Steven Lucas and Mr. Richard Mohns. In the coming months, they will be participating in a several FWSAR-related events. In September, look for them at DEFSEC in Halifax, and in October, at AIAC's Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa.

Below is an excerpt from the newsletter.

Alenia Aermacchi recently added two new Canadian members to Team Spartan: Mr. James Steven Lucas, the former Canadian Forces Chief of Air Staff and Commander of the Air Command, and Mr. Richard Mohns, the former Director of Training and Education Policy for the Canadian Forces. Both will play significant roles in Team Spartan's government relations operations, bidding process, and overall management of the FWSAR program.

Lucas, a retired LGen, boasts a 38-year military career. He has held senior leadership positions as Chief of the Air Staff and Commander of the Air Command; Special Advisor to the Chief of Defence Staff for Defence Policy Review and Homeland Security Issues; Chief of Staff Joint Force Generation; Chief of Staff Human Resources (Military); and Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region. Lucas was the head of Canada's Air Force from 2005-2007 where he was responsible for the Air Force's strategic planning and daily operations, supervising some 14,500 airmen and women on two continents and managing a $750 million budget. Earlier in his career, he commanded one of Canada's search and rescue squadrons.  Before joining Alenia Aermacchi, Lucas was a Senior Associate at Cirrus Research Associates and served as a senior mentor to the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. Lucas holds a B.A. in Engineering from Royal Military College in Kingston. He is a board member of Vintage Wings of Canada.  

Mohns has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, defence, and government sectors, including expertise in project and resources management and policy and program development. He served 30 years in the military holding various leadership positions including as Director of Training and Education Policy/Plans for the Department of National Defence; Project Manager for the Canadian SAR Helicopter Project, Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Officer for the 442 Search & Rescue Squadron; and as Special Staff Officer to Director General Aerospace Engineering and Maintenance for the Department of National Defence.  Mohns also has experience in the private sector serving in program management and business development roles at Boeing, General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada, and L-3 Communications. He holds a Master's of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston.On the opportunity to join the team, Lucas said, "As we approach this critical stage, I am excited at the opportunity to assist the Alenia Aermacchi team in preparing what I anticipate will be a very competitive bid for the Fixed Wing SAR Program. I am impressed with all aspects of Team Spartan and believe that the capability represented by the C-27J and its associated Mission Suite represents a huge leap forward for SAR in Canada. "Mohns added, "I am delighted to be associated with the Alenia Aermacchi team to bid the C-27J Spartan for Canada's FWSAR requirement.  I have been associated with this program since its inception and I believe strongly that the C-27J Spartan is the right aircraft for Canada. The aircraft's speed, range, manoeuvrability and large cabin are a perfect fit for Canada's demanding requirements; as well, it is the most affordable in its class."

Lucas said his top goal is to enhance the C-27J's value proposition through working on Team Spartan's FWSAR proposal: "I want to help mold Team Spartan's bid so that all of strengths of the C-27J are understood and appreciated for what they are. If we can achieve this then I am confident that the C-27J will emerge at the top of the list."When asked about his role on the team, Mohns said, "My intent is to assist Team Spartan to fully understand Canada's requirements and ensure we are fully compliant in our proposal.  Our Canadian team is strong and promises to get stronger; we understand that Canada demands the best return on investment possible in terms of contributing to the growth of the Canadian aerospace sector and Team Spartan is well positioned to satisfy this critical requirement."

Ben Stone, chief executive officer and president of Alenia Aermacchi North America praised the two new representatives' experience and capabilities: "We are excited to have both Richard and Steve on-board, as they have a wealth of knowledge and experience in both search and rescue and with the Canadian government.  Our primary objective has always been to offer Canada the most capable, best value search and rescue aircraft, and adding the expertise of Steve and Richard to Team Spartan only enhances are ability to reach that goal."

To read the full story, go to www.c-27j.ca.

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