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Canada requests King Air 350ER ISR aircraft

9th October 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale to Canada of King Air 350ER aircraft modified for ISR operations, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 4 October.

In a package worth $300 million, Canada has requested three King Air 350ER aircraft with customer unique post-modifications for ISR operations; three Wescam MX-15D electro-optical and infrared imaging sensors; three AN/AAR-47B(V)2 missile and laser warning system; three AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser systems; three VORTEX Dual RF Ku LOS transceivers; and three COMSEC modules (KGV-135A).

The requested package also includes 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, communication and navigation equipment, airframe and engine spare parts, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The proposed sale will improve Canada's ability to meet current and future threats; strengthen its homeland defence and the combined defence of North America; and support coalition partners overseas.

If the sale goes ahead, Beechcraft (Textron Aviation) will be the prime contractor.

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