US-based defence contractor, L3Harris Technologies, revealed on November 2 that it has been contracted to modify three new Beechcraft King Air 350ERs into special mission aircraft for Canada.
Under the firm-fixed price contract, L3Harris will conduct the modification work on the three aircraft for the Canadian Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (CMAISR) project. The CMAISR programme seeks to provide the Canadian military with an airborne ISR capability that is rapidly deployable and enhances operational flexibility and interoperability. As per the contract, L3Harris will integrate sensors, secure communications and navigational systems onto the King Air 350ERs and provide pilot, operator and maintenance training.
The King Air 350ERs will be outfitted with a suite of L3Harris systems, including communication datalinks, full-motion video sensors and a mission management system. The company states that “the capability upgrades offer increased threat indications, as well as high-accuracy target detection and locations.” Modification work on the aircraft will primarily take place at L3Harris’ facility in Greenville, Texas, and will be supported by the firm’s Mirabel installation in Quebec, Canada.
Sean Stackley, president of Integrated Mission Systems at L3Harris, said: “Our L3Harris team is ready to combine our ISR, missionisation and modification solutions to deliver a system that will enhance the capabilities and security of Canada and its allies.
“L3Harris has the distinction of successfully delivering more certified, special mission King Airs on-time and on-budget than any other contractor in the world, and we look forward to maintaining that tradition,” he added.
Following completion, the aircraft will be handed over to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) as a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) managed by the US Army. The contract was awarded to L3Harris by the Other Transaction Authority’s competitive procurement process.