Industry Canada

Industry Canada

November 18, 2005 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Breakthrough Defence Technologies

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced a $5-million investment that will further advance a Canadian company's participation in the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

This Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) investment is part of a $12.5-million research and development project being undertaken by Vancouver-based NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation. Through this initiative, NGRAIN will advance its three-dimensional (3-D) software technologies for use in the design, assembly and maintenance of the F-35 aircraft being produced by Lockheed Martin through the multinational JSF program.

"NGRAIN's technology will revolutionize aircraft design and assembly for the next generation," said Minister Emerson. "By supporting this type of innovation, we are reaffirming the Government of Canada's commitment to the JSF program and the Canadian aerospace and defence sector.

NGRAIN provides installation, maintenance and repair training solutions to the defence industry. Using its patented 3-D technology, the company helps everyday computer users to rapidly produce and interact with information-rich virtual equipment on common PCs. This investment will enable NGRAIN to further advance its 3-D software capabilities into manufacturing design and assembly, with a focus on the F-35 aircraft being produced by Lockheed Martin.

"One of the key tenets of the JSF program is affordability, and the innovative solutions developed by NGRAIN offer significant opportunities for cost savings," said Tom Burbage, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Joint Strike Fighter Program Integration for Lockheed Martin. "Lockheed Martin continues to welcome best-of-breed technologies from around the world as we build the next-generation aircraft for the United States, Canada and other nations."

Technology Partnerships Canada is a key instrument for advancing research and development toward commercialization. Working in partnership with innovative companies across Canada, TPC shares in the cost of private sector technology development projects in aerospace and defence, in environmental technologies, in enabling technologies such as biotechnology, and in information and communications technologies.

The news release and other documents are available on the Technology Partnerships Canada Web site at http://tpc.ic.gc.ca.


Backgrounder

Government of Canada Investment with NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation

Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) is making a $5-million strategic investment in the development of three-dimensional software technologies to support the design, assembly and maintenance of the F-35 aircraft being produced by Lockheed Martin.

This investment aims to enable NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation to advance its technology so that real-time training, visualization and communication of complex objects can be realized over a much broader technology platform with wider capabilities. NGRAIN's technology holds the potential to improve training effectiveness and operational efficiency, and to reduce the cost of sharing knowledge through the use of detailed and engaging interactive three-dimensional content.

TPC's support of this initiative is part of the Government of Canada's overall commitment to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The goal of this U.S.-led program is to develop a new multinational family of fighter jets that is inexpensive to build and operate. Canada has joined the JSF program to provide the Canadian aerospace industry with access to the largest international military procurement program in U.S. history. Through this agreement, Canadian companies are able to compete for JSF contracts in the system development and demonstration phase of the program.

The tasks outlined under this project have a new technology element and new product requirements to support the needs of the JSF program. TPC's participation will allow NGRAIN to advance and adapt its core technology to meet the immediate and future needs of the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, as well as position NGRAIN for opportunities with other JSF suppliers. It will also help to ensure that a Canadian-sourced technology contributes significantly to a high-profile and technology-driven program such as the JSF program.

NGRAIN provides interactive three-dimensional installation, maintenance and repair training solutions to the defence industry. Its customers include the United States Army, the United States Air Force, the Canadian Department of National Defence, Lockheed Martin and CAE. NGRAIN also licenses its breakthrough graphics technology to leading organizations across multiple industries and application areas. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company currently has 70 employees. This initiative is expected to create or maintain approximately 120 highly skilled jobs over the life of the project.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 943-2502