MDA to outfit planes with high-res radar

Richmond-based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates will be providing eight radar surveillance systems for integration into Canada's Department of National Defence air force fleet.

In a $64 million deal announced Monday, Canada's fleet of Lockheed CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol airplanes will be receiving the upgrades.

The CP-140s are used by the Royal Canadian Air Force in activities such as domestic surveillance of Canada's maritime approaches, search-and-rescue missions, and maritime and overland operations.

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates' radar surveillance systems employ a high-resolution imaging system that can detect, locate, classify, land and marine-based objects, including vehicles and ships.

"This contract underscores the global need for critical multi-mission intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that aid in the detection of illegal or hostile activity in maritime approaches or remote regions," said MacDonald Dettwilers' Don Osborne.

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