Advocacy / Member News
November 8, 2022

Honorable Greg McLean Officially Opens Canadian UAVs’ Textron Systems Distribution and Service Centre In Canada

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 8th, 2022 – Canadian UAVs is pleased to announce the completion of its Textron Aerosonde distribution Centre based in Calgary, Alberta. The 3,000 square foot of office space boasts local Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) training locations as well as order fulfillment and servicing infrastructure. This will ensure on-time and well supported service offerings for the Department of National Defence and other government agencies, such as law enforcement, search and rescue, wildfire control and environmental agencies.

“With more than 50 years within the defense, government, and aerospace technologies industries, Textron Systems understands the importance of developing and maintaining relationships to remain a worldwide leader in innovation. As Textron Systems continues to develop advanced technologies, we are excited to bring these new capabilities to countries and allies across the globe. Textron Systems is proud to team with Canadian UAVs, a leading provider of UAV technology and services in Canada,” Gil Garcia, Senior Manager, Global Military Sales & Strategy at Textron Systems.

Canadian UAVs is an aviation company, based in Calgary, Alberta, who solely specializes in the integration of unmanned aircraft into both commercial and military missions. This sole focus keeps them uniquely positioned to understand the best of market for technology, operations, airworthiness and delivery. “Our company has been working with DND for several years to bring cutting edge UAV platforms to the Canadian Forces. We learned early, and through experience, that proven airframes and agile teams are the key enablers to success for DND. As such, we are proud to team with one of the true world leaders in the military UAV market – Textron Systems. Their world leading technology, robust logistics support and team first attitude are the exact attributes we and DND need to be successful”, John Molberg, VP Military Programs at Canadian UAVs.

Textron Systems’ Aerosonde® UAS platform is a highly configurable maritime and land based UAS built to provide advanced capabilities for a variety of ISR mission sets. In addition to VTOL, this aircraft features a heavy fuel engine, multiple-intelligence payloads, communications relay, and is field-proven with over 575,000 flight hours. The Aerosonde UAS is capable of meeting continually evolving mission requirements and the wide array of environments seen across the Canadian landscape. Textron Systems remains committed to developing ground breaking UAS technology and looks forward to continuing our relationship with our Canadian allies.

“This new facility adds some key policies to Calgary’s growth as a hub for aviation expertise. We know opportunities follow infrastructure, and this centre adds to that base, including up to 20 new technology – based jobs. Today’s announcement is a welcome building block for our economy. Congratulations to Canadian UAVs.” - Honourable Greg McLean, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre.

“Hybrid VTOL fixed-wing unmanned systems are state of the art and Textron has the most proven system in its class. By leaning on their airframe technology and our years of commercial and military operations, we’re able to provide the most advanced large scale data acquisition services on the market. From forest fires to offshore oil spill response, we have the capability our customers demand.” said Sean Greenwood, president and founder of Canadian UAVs.


About Canadian UAVs

Canadian UAVs is a leading provider of UAS services including training, managed services, and consultancy; and a UAS distributor in Canada. The company’s base philosophy is to ensure that projects are conducted with the highest possible aviation standards.
Canadian UAVs has a dual market focus, working with both commercial consumers of geospatial data, as well as military users of UAS. Our mission of providing the ecosystem for the integration of UAVs into complex airspace means bringing our technology, safety-first aviation standards, and training expertise to both markets thus enabling a cross-pollination of best practices and experiences for our customers.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land products, services and support founded on the combined expertise in our family of brands that includes Textron Systems, Howe & Howe, Lycoming, and ATAC. We harness the unlimited power of teamwork to solve incredible problems across seven specialized domains: air, land, sea, propulsion, weapon systems, electronic systems and test, training & simulation. From product development and manufacturing to training, operations and support, we integrate and offer ingenious and advanced solutions to support defense, aerospace, and other customer missions. For more information, visit


About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit:

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Steve Cannon

Program Manager - Military

Canadian UAVs

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