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Canada Orders Deployable ATC System (May 29)



CALGARY---On behalf of the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Art Eggleton, Justice Minister and Attorney General Anne McLellan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton West, announced today that Computing Devices Canada Ltd. of Calgary has been awarded a $41.1 million contract to construct a modern, lightweight and reliable CC-130 Transportable Communications and Air Traffic Control System to support deployed air operations worldwide.

Computing Devices will integrate, test and deliver commercial off-the-shelf equipment, which includes three air traffic control radar systems, two control towers, three navigation beacons, deployable computer networks, as well as a variety of communications equipment, vehicles, shelters, and generators.

The 8 Air Communication and Control Squadron (ACCS) of Trenton, Ontario will operate the new system.

"8 ACCS is constantly deploying around the world to support Air Force operations, and this new state-of-the-art equipment will greatly enhance the safety of Canada's aircrews," said Minister Eggleton.

Once the equipment is in its inventory in the Fall of 2002, 8 ACCS will have the capability to operate independently at remote locations worldwide. In addition, the system will enable personnel to interface with fixed-site components, thus serving as a viable alternative to a permanent facility.

"Three jobs will be created, and 18 will be maintained at Computing Devices as a result of the contract," said Minister McLellan. "Once again, the talent of Computing Devices' employees is helping to ensure that Canada's military is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment."

"This is a strategically important contract for Computing Devices Canada Ltd. It will allow us to apply our extensive Command & Control skills to support Air Operations. As a result, this will position us to compete for similar opportunities in NATO and elsewhere", said David Scott, President of Computing Devices.

Funding for this competitive program was provided for in the February 1999 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework. This announcement is an example of how this government is prioritizing its spending so that it can better serve Canadians by making efficient use of their tax dollars.

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Canada To Acquire A New Air Transportable Air Traffic Control System