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Missionization and Modifications


L3Harris Mirabel, Quebec operations has over 30 years of experience as a special-mission aircraft systems integrator for government, military and OEM customers. In addition to expertise developed on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s military fighter, trainer and transport aircraft, we have developed and modified special mission Challengers for several customers. Our experience is based on domestic and complex international programs encompassing projects from high-end business aircraft modifications to government VVIP airliner upgrades and support. 

Defense-related articles and services are tightly regulated under the United States Arms Export Control Act, the  Canadian Controlled Goods Regulations and other international arms control provisions. L3Harris is experienced in managing all aspects in strict compliance with these export restrictions and can find International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)-free solutions if necessary to meet customer requirements.  

The Canadian facilities located in Mirabel, Quebec are purpose-built to provide a secure location for military aircraft modification and support. Access is tightly controlled and all employees hold government security clearances. Customer confidentiality is maintained at all times. Our facilities include large TEMPEST areas and are approved for handling classified crypto equipment. We have the credentials to install NATO standard encrypted data links. We can also provide secure communication upgrades for government and military customers. 

We apply a range of Flight Science skillsets to analyze options, optimize performance and validate airworthiness. Throughout the project, we coordinate with airworthiness authorities to establish a low-risk path to obtain formal certification. Our specialists have deep knowledge and expert skills in the aeronautical disciplines of structures, avionics, EMI/EMC, mechanical systems, flight dynamics, control, simulation, computational aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, store separation, handling qualities and airworthiness.

We have been involved in the design, modification, testing and certification of aircraft adapted for a wide range of missions:

  • Aerial photographic survey
  • Air medical evacuation
  • Airborne surveillance
  • Air-to-air refueling
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Maritime law enforcement
  • Meteorological measurements
  • Search and rescue
  • Secure communications
  • VVIP Transport

Featured News

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

Editorial | 10. 06. 2021

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

On January 31, 2021, L3Harris inducted a green Bombardier Global business jet into its Waco, Texas aircraft modification center. Less than six months later, the aircraft completed its first flight as a newly missionized U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES).

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

Editorial | 10. 06. 2021

Advancing US Army Airborne ISR Capabilities with ARES and HADES

L3Harris Nexus

Trade Release | 10. 12. 2021

Citadel Completions and L3Harris Join Forces to Deliver Advanced Commercial-Class Aircraft Modifications

L3Harris performing depot-level maintenance on C-130H at the company’s aircraft modification facility in Waco, Texas.

Press release | 01. 27. 2021

US Air Force Awards L3Harris Technologies up to $668 Million IDIQ Contract to Maintain C-130 Aircraft Fleet

L3Harris' degraded visibility landing system (DVLS) fuses navigational and sensor date to produce a real-time, augmented reality scene in a helmet-mounted display.

Trade Release | 08. 11. 2021

US Marine Corps Selects L3Harris Technologies to Help Pilots Safely Land in Degraded Visual Environments


Trade Release | 07. 10. 2020

US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies KC-130 Maintenance Contract

Team Artemis Adds Canadian Companies for Royal Canadian Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Program

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