With the old system reaching the end of its usable lifespan, 19 Wing Comox’s radar system is getting a major upgrade.
Associate Minister of National Defence Kerry-Lynne Findlay announced Thursday at the base a significant investment in new and improved radars, not only at 19 Wing, but at military bases across Canada.
The existing area and secondary radar systems at Canadian Armed Forces aerodromes are reaching the end of their life expectancy, and the contract — worth around $75.5 million — will cover the replacement of radar systems.
The Government of Canada awarded the contract to Cassidian, the defence and security division of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company of Munich, Germany.
The contract is specifically for new and secondary area surveillance radar for Royal Canadian Air Force airfields.
The replacement project will see the installation of seen new area surveillance radar systems, which will be installed over the next three to four years.