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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed Congress on 3 October of a proposed sale to Canada of three KING AIR 350ER aircraft at an estimated cost of $300 million. The aircraft are intended to perform the manned airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (MAISR) role for Canadian Special Forces, MONCh understands.

The Canadian government has requested three KING AIR 350ER (extended range) aircraft with customer unique post-modifications for ISR operations; three WESCAM MX-15D electro-optical/infrared imaging sensors; three AN/AAR-47B(V)2 missile and laser warning systems; three AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser systems; three VORTEX dual RF Ku LOS transceivers; three KGV-135A communications security modules; two APM-424(V)5 transponder test sets; five KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF); three AN/APX-119 IFF digital civil and military transponders; six ARC-210 multi-mode voice and data transceivers; three KG-250X NSA-certified Type 1 inline network encryptors; plus technical data, mission equipment, communication and navigation equipment, special tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, airframe and engine spare parts, publications, technical assistance, repair and return, training, transportation of aircraft and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The principal contractor will be Beechcraft (Textron Aviation), Wichita, KS. The government of Canada is expected to negotiate an offset agreement in accordance with its Industrial and Technological Benefits policy.

The three KING AIR 350ER aircraft requested by the Canadian government are expected to be used by Canadian Special Forces in an ISR role. (Photo: Textron)

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