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11 décembre 2014 4 11 /12 /décembre /2014 12:50
RCAF CP-140 Aurora involved in search for suspected Russian submarine


9 December 2014 by David Pugliese
 

The sighting of a periscope off the west coast of Scotland in November sparked a NATO effort to track down the submarine.

A CP-140 Aurora aircraft along with planes from the U.S. and France took part in the search organized by the Royal Air Force.

The search continued until last week, the BBC has reported.

Britain no longer has its own fixed-wing aircraft specifically designed to search for submarines so it called in aircraft from its allies, noted BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale in his report.

The UK would not confirm it was looking for a foreign submarine Beale noted in his report but there have been reports of increased Russian military activity in the area.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence stated that it “requested assistance from allies’ forces for basing maritime patrol aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth for a limited period”.

At the height of the search, two U.S., the RCAF Aurora, and a French Dassault Atlantique were involved, Beale wrote. An RAF Sentinel spy-plane and a Royal Navy warship also took part, he added in his report.

 

Jonathan Beale’s full article can be found here:

 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-30398114

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C-140 Aurora (Flickr/boegh)

 

March 25, 2014 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense, which has ordered the upgrading of additional surveillance aircraft, has ordered new radar for the planes.

 

The Canadian Department of National Defense has contracted MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to provide radar surveillance systems.

The eight systems to be provided under the $57 million contract will be for integration aboard CP-140 Aurora fleet, which Canada is upgrading.

MDA's said its surveillance system for theCP-140 provides high-resolution imaging capability to detect, locate, and classify, land and marine-based objects.

"Canada's DND and MDA have developed a successful working relationship based on quality, reliability and value,” said Don Osborne, an MDA vice president. “We are pleased to support DND with this repeat business and provide additional high-performance airborne radar surveillance systems.

"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."

The CP-140 Aurora is Canada's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Aircraft. The Lockheed Martin aircraft is based on the P-3 Orion airframe. Canada currently operates a fleet of 14 updated Auroras but announced last week it is investing in four more modernized CP-140s.

Modernization will be conducted under existing competitively awarded industry contracts and will include new avionics and missions systems.

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10 décembre 2013 2 10 /12 /décembre /2013 18:20
CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft - photo RCAF

CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft - photo RCAF

 

OTTAWA, Ontario, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW

 

Portability supports replay and analysis of recorded acoustic data immediately following maritime patrol missions, anywhere in the world.

 

General Dynamics Canada has delivered the first of three deployable fast-time analysis systems for the CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The portable system, designed to fit through the crew door of the CP-140 aircraft, can be deployed with the aircraft for missions away from the main operating base in Canada and allows ground crews immediate access to post-flight analysis of critical acoustic data, confirming and classifying targets.

 

"Wherever in the world Canada's Aurora is called to action, crews can easily transport this system and allow ground crews to replay and analyze recorded acoustic information as soon as the aircraft lands," said David Ibbetson, vice president, General Dynamics C4 Systems International. "This time-critical access to recorded acoustic data supports command-level decision making as target identities are confirmed, classified and characterized in the field. The replay capability, at speeds more than eight times faster than normal, enables mission reconstruction and debriefing as well as providing the opportunity for onsite crew training immediately following missions."

 

In Canada the system is referred to as the Deployable Modular VME Acoustic Signal Processor (MVASP) Post Processing and Archiving System or D-MPPAS; it makes up part of the ground equipment for the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program (AIMP). Internationally, the system will be sold under the name Acoustic Replay & Intelligence Exploitation System, or ARIES.

 

General Dynamics Canada is the prime integrator of the Aurora mission system and provides integrated hardware and software systems that enable the aircraft's capabilities in a variety of roles, including search and rescue, airborne command and control, surface and sub-surface maritime, overland and coastal surveillance operations. General Dynamics Canada is also providing ground support equipment, including a software integration lab, pre- and post-mission analysis tools, and training facilities, as well as long-term in-service support (ISS).

 

General Dynamics Canada is part of General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). For information about General Dynamics Canada please go to www.gdcanada.com.

 

SOURCE General Dynamics Canada

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