May 24, 2014

Canada’s modernized CP-140M achieved IOC

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) knows it as the Block III CP-140M Aurora long-range patrol aircraft. Fourteen Auroras are undergoing a significant modernization; six have now passed rigorous RCAF testing and achieved “Initial Operational Capability” (IOC).
The Block III modernization puts the Aurora tops among the world's leading surveillance planes of its kind.
19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, and 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, are home to the Aurora. The aircraft functions primarily as a command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platform for domestic and international operations.
The Aurora, Canada's strategic surveillance aircraft, is tasked with domestic surveillance of Canada’s Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coastlines and maritime approaches. It also conducts anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime and overland ISR, strike coordination, and supports search and rescue in a secondary role.
The Aurora was originally acquired in the 1980s, and the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project (AIMP), consisting of blocks of modernization work, began in 1998 to upgrade its capabilities. To ensure its continued viability as an ISR platform, the RCAF additionally developed the Aurora Extension Proposal (AEP), which combines the original Aurora Incremental Modernization Project and the Aurora Structural Life Extension Project (ASLEP) with three additional capability enhancements. Moreover, the total number of modernized and life-extended aircraft is now 14, up from 10.
This work will ensure that the fleet remains effective up to the 2030 timeframe.

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