Pro­tect­ing Canada and In­vest­ing in Aero­space Sec­tor

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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.

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