Textron Aviation Inc. was awarded a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to deliver three Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada.
The firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $37 million was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The contract also includes program management, pilot training and field maintenance training. The contract work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2021.
Canada is acquiring three Beechcraft King Air 350ER (Extended Range) aircraft under the Department of National Defence (DND)’s Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (MAISR) project.
The new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft will be used by the DND, specifically Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), to “provide an enduring, operational level, multi-sensor capability, deployable on short notice to provide dedicated support to Special Operations Task Forces (SOTFs)”.
The acquisition of the aircraft and mission systems with related support is being conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The FMS request was initiated in April 2018 and the sale was approved by the U.S. State Department in October the same year.
According to a DSCA announcement, the mission equipment onboard the aircraft will include:
• WESCAM MX-15D Electro-Optical & Infrared Imaging Sensors;
• AN/AAR-47B(V)2 Missile and Laser Warning System (MWS);
• AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems (CMDS);
• VORTEX Dual RF Ku LOS Transceivers;
• COMSEC Modules (KGV-135A);
• APM-424(V)5 Transponder Test Sets;
• KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers for IFF;
• AN/APX-119 IFF Digital Civil and Military Transponders;
• ARC-210 Multi-mode Voice and Data Transceivers;
• KG-250X NSA-Certified Type 1 Inline Network Encryptors (INE)
On April 26, 2019, Canada signed an agreement to purchase the aircraft and associated mission systems. A second contract that will cover the acquisition of In-Service Support (ISS) services for the fleet of fully modified and integrated aircraft for up to a 20 year period will be also awarded later through a competitive procurement process.
Canada expects to receive the fully integrated aircraft in 2022. The aircraft will be located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton in Ontario.