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Leonardo's Miysis to protect Canadian Aurora fleet

Ottawa has selected Leonardo's Miysis directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system as part of a major upgrade to the Royal Canadian Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin CP-140 Aurora (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft.

Placed via General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada, the contract calls on Leonardo to deliver an unspecified number of systems over a two-year period. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows Canada as having 18 CP-140s in current active use.

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Each Miysis system will include a pair of DIRCM turrets, plus five Hensoldt AAR-60 Block 2 MILDS missile warning sensors. Including a related control suite, Leonardo's baseline design has a total weight of 50kg (110lb).

The defensive aids suite update forms part of Ottawa's Block IV Aurora incremental modernisation programme, with initial operational capability set for December 2019. Full operational capability is planned for June 2021, according to Canada's Department of National Defence, which expects the Aurora fleet to remain operational until around 2030.

Additional elements of the ongoing modernisation programme include the installation of a Link 16 data link capability and wideband satellite communications system.