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L3Harris to Provide Improved Search and Rescue Imaging Capability for Royal Canadian Air Force Helicopters

Integrated Mission Systems
Jun 1, 2023 | 1 MINUTE Read

Leonardo and IMP Group Limited have selected L3Harris Technologies to deliver four WESCAM MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared systems to upgrade the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of 16 Leonardo CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters. These upgrades will ensure the fleet meets military and SAR aviation standards. 

As a major contributor to the Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade program, the WESCAM MX-15 will help modernize the 20-year-old helicopters and address a critical need for improved image sensor technology. Advanced stabilization and high-definition infrared imaging will aid the RCAF in completing high-elevation rescues in extreme weather conditions, over rough seas and in the Arctic with increased effectiveness and situational awareness. 

“Search and rescue missions demand the most from our EO/IR technologies,” said Kristin Houston, President, Electro-Optical, L3Harris. “We are proud that our long relationship with the RCAF has contributed to the safety of Canadians from sea to sea. We are committed to enabling Canadian and international SAR operators to save more lives.”

Manufactured in Canada, L3Harris’ WESCAM MX-15 has equipped the RCAF with state-of-the-art imaging technology for more than 25 years. It provides situational awareness on leading RCAF platforms including the CH-146 and CH-147, and aboard the CH-149 and CC-295 SAR platforms. 

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