The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of three King Air 350ER (extended range) aircraft with customer unique post-modifications for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations to Canada for an estimated cost of $300 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 3, 2018.
Canada has requested to buy three King Air 350ER aircraft with customer unique post-modifications for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations; three WESCAM MX-15D Electro-Optical & Infrared Imaging Sensors; three AN/AAR-47B(V)2 Missile and Laser Warning System (MWS); three AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems (CMDS); three VORTEX® Dual RF Ku LOS Transceivers; three COMSEC Modules (KGV-135A); two APM-424(V)5 Transponder Test Sets; five KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers for IFF; three AN/APX-119 IFF Digital Civil and Military Transponders; six ARC-210 Multi-mode Voice and Data Transceivers; three KG-250X NSA-Certified Type 1 Inline Network Encryptors (INE).
Also included in the sale are technical data; mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, special tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, airframe and engine spare parts, publications, MWO/ECPs, technical assistance, repair and return, training; and transportation of aircraft, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The DSCA said in a statement that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.
The statement added that the new Manned Airborne, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (MAISR) platform will improve Canada’s capability to meet current and future threats; strengthen its homeland defense and the combined defense of North America; and support coalition partners overseas. This proposed sale will also improve interoperability with U.S. forces and other regional allies.
The principal contractor will be Beechcraft (Textron Aviation), Wichita, Kansas.