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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Canadian Air Force Selects ViaSat STT for CP-140 Aurora

Juliet Van Wagenen

Canadian Royal Air Force Lockheed CP-140
Canadian Royal Air Force Lockheed CP-140. Photo: Aldo Bidini

[Avionics Today 05-26-2016] General Dynamics Mission Systems selected the ViaSat Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A for use on the CP-140 Aurora aircraft, a Lockheed P3 variant, used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The RCAF leverages the CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol as a Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) platform.

According to General Dynamics, the company selected ViaSat’s STT in recognition of the terminal's ability to meet ongoing mission needs while satisfying deployment and fielding requirements, such as interoperability across all other Link 16 enabled platforms, as well as immediate terminal availability, among other reasons. The STT enables the CP-140 Aurora aircraft to maintain constant presence on the Link 16 network while simultaneously operating voice and data connections on a second channel.

The Aurora fleet is used for domestic and international operations across a wide variety of disciplines, including domestic surveillance of the Canadian Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, as well as anti-surface warfare, maritime and overland ISR, strike coordination, and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions.

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