The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has selected ViaSat‘s small tactical terminal (STT) for use on its CP-140 Aurora aircraft fleet.
ViaSat’s STT, KOR-24A, enables network interoperability across Link 16 enabled platforms between Canadian Armed Forces and coalition / allied forces.
Using this two-channel radio, tactical warfighters such as ground vehicles, helicopters, UAVs, small boats, and light ISR aircraft will have access to both air and ground situation data and can provide secure and reliable target data to the network.
ViaSat government systems division senior vice-president Ken Peterman said: "In working with General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada, we are enabling a key coalition partner, the Department of National Defence, to meet the ongoing needs of their missions in a timely manner.
"By embedding our proven Link 16 STT into the CP-140 Aurora fleet, these aircraft will now find themselves in the ‘heart of the action’ during critical coalition missions, as the Link 16 platform provides advanced communications with real-time situational awareness and location data, and simultaneous voice or data communication on two key waveforms at the battlefield’s edge."
ViaSat has already started the deliveries of STT for the CP-140 Aurora fleet in March this year.
The RCAF uses Aurora fleet for domestic and international operations across a wide variety of disciplines, including domestic surveillance of the Canadian Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
The Lockheed P3 variant maritime patrol aircraft also performs anti-surface warfare, maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), strike coordination, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.