Canadian in-service support (ISS) integrator L-3 MAS has secured a Build in Canada Innovation Programme (BCIP) contract to test and demonstrate the new Prognostica diagnostics technology on the CF-18 aircraft.
L-3 MAS’ partner Paradigm Shift Technologies has engineered the new technology for rapid fatigue analysis, structural health monitoring and life prediction of complex structures and parts that are made of metals, composites or plastics.
L-3 MAS vice-president and general manager Jacques Comtois said: “We are very pleased to be awarded a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Programme.
“As a Canadian leader in ISS solutions, we are developing state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions to help our customers keep their fleet flying for longer periods of time at a lower cost.”
Under the terms of the contract, L-3 MAS will partner with the Royal Canadian Air Force to test the technology, including the Chameleon Skin Gauge sensor, on components, as well as the CF-18 aircraft structure.
The procedure is expected to replace existing non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies with a new sensor solution that requires minimal skills to perform structural monitoring and results in aircraft downtime.
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With the BCIP, Canadians innovators may be able to land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada.
L-3 MAS is a division of L-3’s Aerospace Systems business segment and its solutions span fleet and life-cycle management, electronic information environment (EIE) applications, systems engineering, maintenance, material management.