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Quebec firms awarded $683M defence department service contract

L-3 MAS, Avianor Inc. awarded in-service support deal for federal Airbus CC-150 Polaris fleet

MIRABEL, Que.—A pair of Quebec firms have been awarded a massive multi-year contract from the Department of National Defence (DND) for service of the federal Airbus CC-150 Polaris fleet.

L-3 MAS and partner Avianor Inc. announced a new follow-on contract worth as much as $683-million to provide in-service support (ISS) for the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of the converted civilian jets.

“We understand the strategic importance of the CC-150 fleet’s missions and are honored to again be selected by the Canadian government for this program,” L-3 MAS vice-president and general manager Jacques Comtois said in a statement.

L-3 MAS, a division of L-3 Integrated Systems Group, was awarded the CC-150 interim ISS contract in June 2012.

The CC-150 Polaris fleet is used by the government for missions such as VIP transportation and strategic air-to-air refuelling, as well as passenger, freight and medical evacuation transportation.

Headquartered in Mirabel, Que., L-3 MAS will act as prime contractor, providing program management, material management and engineering support services, as well as line maintenance support at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, located approximately 175 kilometres east of Toronto, where the fleet is stationed.

According to the firm, Avianor will provide heavy maintenance and component maintenance, repair and overhaul services from its Mirabel, Que., facility northwest of Montreal.

The initial five-year deal runs until 2018, followed by two additional five-year option periods.

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