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IMP delivers first advanced BLOS-equipped Aurora to RCAF

IMP Aerospace delivered first of three CP-140M Auroras fitted with advanced Beyond Line of Sight satellite communications system



A Lockheed CP-140M Aurora equipped with IMP Aerospace's advanced Beyond Line of Sight satellite communications system. PHOTO IMP Group

A Lockheed CP-140M Aurora equipped with IMP Aerospace’s advanced Beyond Line of Sight satellite communications system. PHOTO IMP Group

HALIFAX—IMP Group Ltd.’s aerospace division has delivered the first of three aircraft to the Royal Canada Air Force (RCAF) outfitted with an advanced satellite communications system.

IMP Aerospace said it delivered the first Lockheed Martin CP-140M Aurora fitted with an advanced Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications system.

The prototype CP-140M Aurora aircraft will provide an improved Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability in support of Canada’s military requirements internationally.

The system was designed and installed in Halifax, and enables secure high-speed data streaming from the aircraft via satellite in remote areas.

Work took about a month, according to the company.

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

“I’m very pleased that this urgent requirement was completed on schedule and under budget to the RCAF and will provide them with enhanced operational capabilities.”

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