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Canada Awards $72M In-Service Support Contract for New MAISR Aircraft

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Department of National Defence, has awarded a contract for the in-service support and maintenance of the 3 King Air 350ER aircraft to Team CERTAS, consisting of General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, from Ottawa, Ontario, and Voyageur Aviation Corporation, from North Bay, Ontario.

This initial in-service support and maintenance contract is valued at approximately $72 million (including taxes) over 8 years and will create or maintain up to 40 well‑paying aerospace sector jobs in Canada. This work will support the Royal Canadian Air Force with general aircraft maintenance and deployment logistics, and provide training and engineering services.

As part of its manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance project, the Government of Canada purchased the aircraft from Textron Aviation (formerly Beech Aircraft Corporation) through the Foreign Military Sales program of the United States Government.

These aircraft will be configured with military-grade advanced sensors and secure communications equipment, which will improve situational awareness on the ground to support the operations of the Canadian Armed Forces both at home and abroad. The 3 aircraft will be fully integrated with associated mission systems and delivered to the Government of Canada in 2022.

L3Harris Technologies was awarded a contract to missionize the three new King Air 350ER aircraft for the Canadian manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (CMAISR) project in November of 2020. The aircraft will be delivered to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) as a Foreign Military Sale managed by the U.S. Army, Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation, Fixed Wing Project Office.

The CMAISR project will provide the DND with a rapidly deployable, airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability for its deployed operations, ensuring an innovative, flexible and interoperable force. The aircraft will feature a suite of L3Harris systems, including full-motion video sensors, a mission management system and communication datalinks. The capability upgrades offer increased threat indications and warning, as well as high-accuracy target detection and location.

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy applies to this procurement, generating high-value jobs, innovation and economic growth in Canada.



• On April 26, 2019, the Government of Canada signed an agreement to purchase 3 King Air 350ER aircraft and associated mission systems through the United States Foreign Military Sales program.

• The initial in-service support contract is valued at approximately $72 million (including taxes) for approximately 8 years. The initial cost of this contract will be shared between the project and operational budgets. The contract could be extended for over 20 years.

• The contract is being awarded in advance of the 2022 arrival date of the missionized aircraft in order to obtain all the necessary military airworthiness accreditations and specialized training, and to prepare the worksite at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, in Ontario, to receive the aircraft.

• The ITB Policy, including the value proposition, applies to this procurement. This policy requires companies awarded defence procurement contracts to undertake business activity in Canada equal to the value of the contracts. A core objective of the manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in‑service support project is to secure economic commitments in support of Canada’s in-service support sector and the Canadian economy more broadly. In-service support is one of Canada’s key industrial capabilities and is an important industrial focus of this project.

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