At CANSEC 2018 in Ottawa this week, Thales and CarteNav Solutions (a subsidiary of PAL Aerospace) are announcing an extension to their current partnership aimed at collaborating of new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions that will transform airborne surveillance capabilities at home and abroad.
Border security and associated issues such as counter-piracy and counter-narcotics capabilities have risen closer to the top of the governmental hierarchy of needs in recent years as new risks emerge and older ones evolve – quite apart from traditional military requirements. Challenges including the protection of maritime sovereignty, the surveillance of shipping activity and the monitoring of an increasing number of submarine fleets, demand new approaches to developing ISR capabilities.
The expansion of the existing relationship between the companies will develop in a manner that promises to engage Canadian industry and deliver future economic benefits to Canada. Under the agreement, the partners will move quickly to define a solution for fewer operators based on CarteNav's mission system software integrated with a set of on-board radar, electro-optical, acoustic and electronic warfare sensors provided by Thales.
The surveillance solution will be an ideal response to the needs of countries like Canada that operate aircraft designed for a variety of platform and mission types and require improved ISR capabilities. It will combine CarteNav's expertise in mission system software with Thales's technological capabilities in sensors and mission system integration through AMASCOS, a powerful, integrated multi-mission system. Thales and CarteNav will work together to explore international opportunities for this new surveillance solution.