SAN DIEGO, April 25 (UPI) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of the United States and Canada's OMX have teamed to identify and work with Canadian suppliers.
The two-year collaborative agreement will directly support GA-ASI meet the country's Industrial Regional Benefit policy in its bid to win a contract to supply Canada with Predator B and Predator C Avenger unmanned aerial systems.
GA-ASI has worked with Canada's CAE for that contract.
OMX's value is its large, structured database of Canadian companies in the defense, aerospace, and security industry sectors.
"GA-ASI is committed to integrating Canadian suppliers of all sizes into its long-term global supply chain, ensuring real, long-term, high-value, economic benefit to Canada," said Frank Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI.
"We want every Canadian supplier to have the opportunity to determine its own fate. Suppliers should be able to manage their own data and its availability to our company and other primes without the need to rely on others."
Added OMX founder Nicole Verkindt: "There is a constant 'push/pull' relationship between suppliers and GA-ASI. The best way for Canadian companies to be noticed, particularly SMEs, is to claim their company profile, update their information, including CCVs, and message GA-ASI directly on the (OMX) site."
OMX said its database will provide GA-ASI with a centralized location for managing data on potential suppliers.