U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship
U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship

Canadian Commercial Corporation Awarded Contract to Support AC-130U/W/J

Canadian Commercial Corporation, Ottawa, Canada, has been awarded a $70,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Wescam Aggregate Services Plan. This contract provides for the continuation of contractor logistics support for the three configurations of L-3 Communications/Wescam MX Electro/Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor System line replaceable units installed on the AC-130U/W/J. The contract also provides for on-site support to include field-level repair and troubleshooting in deployed locations in foreign countries, and operator familiarization training. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Florida; and Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2028. Fiscal 2021 procurement funds for $10,843,410 are being obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins AFB, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

WESCAM MX-Series turret and arm fully deployed
WESCAM MX-Series turret and arm fully deployed

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) offers commercial advocacy, collaborative project development, and foreign contracting expertise to help Canadian exporters secure international contracts with government buyers around the world. Through a government-to-government contracting approach, CCC positions qualified Canadian exporters to win international contracts with governments abroad while significantly reducing the risks associated with foreign procurement. Established in 1946 by the CCC is an independently operated Crown corporation that is accountable to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade. As the prime contractor for U.S. Department of Defense procurements from Canada. The company put in place all contracts over $250,000 USD awarded to Canadian suppliers through U.S. DoD procurement processes.

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WESCAM MX-Series C-130 mission operations
WESCAM MX-Series C-130 mission operations

The L3Harris WESCAM MX-10 EO/IR low-weight imaging system – ideal for low-altitude tactical surveillance and reconnaissance missions from manned and unmanned airborne platforms. L3Harris has an airborne portfolio of multi-sensor, multi-spectral systems that are deployed worldwide, at varying ranges, and with overlapping fields of view, creating the opportunity for uninterrupted surveillance of borders, forward operating bases, airfields, and other vital assets. These imaging and targeting systems can be found on over 230 different types of platforms, including fixed-wing, rotor-wing, UAV, and aerostat platforms. Featuring common electronics and cabling, common user interfaces and video overlays, and common software and internal components, this family is known as the WESCAM MX-Series.

The Lockheed Martin AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long-endurance, a ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport, fixed-wing aircraft. It carries a wide array of ground attack weapons that are integrated with sophisticated sensors, navigation, and fire-control systems. Unlike other modern military fixed-wing aircraft, the AC-130 relies on visual targeting. Because its large profile and low operating altitudes of approximately 7,000 feet (2,100 m) make it an easy target, its close air support missions are usually flown at night. The first AC-130J Ghostrider was delivered to AFSOC on 29 July 2015. The first AC-130J gunships achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on 30 September 2017.

WESCAM MX-Series turret and arm deployment
WESCAM MX-Series turret and arm deployment

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