MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has secured a contract from the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to upgrade ground systems for Canadian radar surveillance system for CP-140 fleet.

Valued at C$3m ($2.10m), the contract will see MDA provide upgrades to the ground systems supporting the radar surveillance systems used on Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft fleet.

The radar surveillance systems to be upgraded were supplied by MDA in 2014 as part of a C$64m ($57m) contract.

"Around 14 of 18 CP-140 Auroras are being upgraded by the Canadian DND."

Based on a Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion platform, the CP-140 Aurora is used by the RCAF for maritime patrol / anti-submarine warfare (ASW), as well as for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Around 14 of 18 CP-140 Auroras are being upgraded by the Canadian DND at a cost of more than $2bn to help extend their operational effectiveness to 2030 from 2020.

Conducted through the Aurora incremental modernisation project, the Aurora structural life extension project and the Aurora extension proposal (AEP), the upgrades commenced in 2014 and are scheduled to complete by 2021.

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Image: A Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 Aurora aircraft stationed at Geilenkirchen Airbase, Germany. Photo: courtesy of Arcturus.