Canada Requests Trio of King Air 350ER ISR in $300 Million FMS

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A possible FMS (Foreign Military Sale) to Canada of three King Air 350ER ISR has been approved by the U.S. State Department. The aircraft will be utilized by the Canadian Special Operation Forces for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Requested tech includes:

  • Three WESCAM MX-15D Electro-Optical & Infrared Imaging Sensors
  • Three AN/AAR-47B(V)2 Missile and Laser Warning System (MWS);
  • Three AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems (CMDS);
  • Three VORTEX Dual RF Ku LOS Transceivers;
  • Three COMSEC Modules (KGV-135A);
  • Two APM-424(V)5 Transponder Test Sets;
  • Five KIV-77 Mode 4/5 crypto applique computers for 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 (INE)

The Oct. 4th approval was announced by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation with $300 million being the estimated price (though it could certainly be higher).

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada,” DSCA noted. “The proposed sale improves Canada’s capability to meet current and future threats; strengthen its homeland defence and the combined defence of North America; and supports coalition partners overseas.  This proposed sale will improve interoperability with U.S. forces and other regional allies.”

The Canadian government will also be seeking in-service support and have issued a letter of interest to potential bidders.

The first delivery is expected in 2020.


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