Protecting Canada and Investing in Aerospace Sector
The Hon Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C. M.P for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, together with the Hon Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, have announced Canada is expanding its fleet of upgraded CP-140 Aurora aircraft. Through an existing modernization and life-extension program, four additional Aurora aircraft will gain new and enhanced capabilities and extended service lives. This will expand Canada’s current upgrades fleet to a total of 14 Auroras.
The Aurora program is a Canadian innovation success story, with Canadian industry delivering a world class capability. With new wings and tail, the Auroras will be restored to a “like new” configuration in terms of the critical structural components, extending the structural life to 2030. At that time, Canada will be better placed to buy its next Canadian multi-mission aircraft.
The addition of four more updated Aurora aircraft is Canada’s best means of ensuring effective piloted airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities into the future, and the best use of taxpayer dollars. The enhancements and modifications are expected to be completed by 2021.
The expanded fleet of upgraded aircraft will deliver excellence at home by helping protect Canadian sovereignty through coastal surveillance and long range patrol, as well as contributing to international peace and security.
The modernized Aurora aircraft will offer superior capabilities, making it one of the best ISR aircrafts available. Up- graded and state-of-the-art avionics and missions systems will add three new capabilities to the aircraft specifically: Link 16 Datalink, Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications capability, and an improved self-defence system. The total cost of the expansion is $548 million, which ensures the best value for taxpayer dollars.
The Aurora program is a further investment in the Canadian aerospace industry as the work will extend contracts held by Canadian companies such as General Dynamics Canada, IMP Group, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.