RCAF receives first Aurora with new satellite comms system

News Article / December 30, 2014

From Royal Canadian Air Force Public Affairs

IMP Aerospace delivered the first of three CP-140M Aurora aircraft fitted with an Interim Beyond Line of Sight (IBLOS) satellite communications system to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on December 15, 2014.

The prototype CP-140M Aurora aircraft will provide an improved Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in support of Canada’s military requirements internationally. Working with Department of National Defence personnel, IMP Aerospace provided the installation design and modification of the IBLOS system in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The system enables secure, high-speed data streaming from the aircraft via satellite in areas which are remote from familiar ground stations.

“IMP Aerospace has supported the CP-140 Aurora fleet since its entry into service with the RCAF,” said company president David Gossen, “and has engineered and installed numerous modifications and enhancements to the aircraft on behalf of the RCAF.”

Lieutenant General Yvan Blondin, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force; Director Air Requirements Colonel Ian Lightbody; and 14 Wing Greenwood Commander Iain Huddleston attended the delivery and acceptance ceremony.

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