Canadian special forces will receive three new Beechcraft King Air ISR aircraft; delivery expected in 2022
The planes will have equipment to intercept cell phone and electronic transmissions, and electro-optical sensors to track individuals and vehicles.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Canadian military will receive three sensor-packed Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprop aircraft outfitted for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) under terms of a $142.6 million agreement signed with the U.S. government. The Ottawa Citizen reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
25 June 2019 -- The three aircraft from Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan., will be outfitted with RF and microwavesensors and equipment to intercept cell phone and other electronic transmissions. Canadian special forces and, potentially, other government departments will use them for missions overseas and in Canada.
The planes will be based at Trenton Canadian Forces Base in Quinte West, Ontario. They also will have electro-optical sensors to enable the aircraft to track the movement of individuals and vehicles on the ground. Canadian special forces had access to similar aircraft in Afghanistan to track and target insurgents.
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