MONTREAL - The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Art Eggleton, Minister of National Defence, today announced the award of a contract for the modernization of DND's fleet of eighteen CP-140 Aurora aircraft.
BAE Systems Canada, located in Montréal, Québec, and Kanata, Ontario, was awarded a $58M contract to carry out the Navigation and Flight Instruments Modernization Project following a competitive bidding process.
"The modernization of our 18 long-range patrol Aurora aircraft with state-of-the-art main computers and enhanced navigation and communications systems will greatly increase the effectiveness of Canada's coastal patrol fleet," said Mr. Eggleton.
"The Government is strongly committed to providing the men and women of the CF with effective, modern and reliable equipment. The new systems scheduled for the Auroras will replace thirty-year-old systems and will enable the crews to fulfil their tasks professionally and safely in the challenging environment they encounter off our coasts and hundreds of miles out to sea," added Mr. Eggleton.
The Modernization Project is a sub-project under the umbrella of the Aurora Incremental Modernizaton Project for which the Aurora's flight and mission avionics will undergo modifications, upgrades or replacements. The CP 140 Aurora aircraft is used as a long-range maritime patrol platform for surface and undersea surveillance roles.
The work will include the replacement of the existing inertial navigation system with a Global Positioning/Inertial Navigation System which will improve navigational accuracy and allow the aircraft to meet new and emerging air traffic navigation requirements. The aircraft will also be upgraded with modern electronic flight instruments, a digital Auto Pilot system and an improved Radar Altitude Warning System.
"Federal government projects such as this modernization of a vital fleet of CF aircraft offer significant benefits to the local economy as well as providing Canadians with valuable employment and a chance to operate with leading-edge technologies," said Mr. Dion.
As a result of the contract, it is expected that the equivalent of 92 person-years of employment will be created and 60 person-years of employment will be maintained by BAE Systems Canada in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia for the duration of the contract.
Funding for the project was provided in a previous federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework. (ends)
DND Awards Contract forModernization of Aurora Aircraft