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State Department OKs $313M Sale of Munitions, Systems for MQ-9Bs to Canada

Canada has requested to buy from the U.S. government munitions and related systems for integration with General Atomics-built MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles under a $313.4 million foreign military sales agreement approved by the State Department.

The proposed FMS transaction includes AN/APY-8 Lynx synthetic aperture radars, AGM-114R2 Hellfire II missiles, KMU-572 tail kits for the GBU-38 Joint Direct-Attack Munition, Due Regard Radars, SAGE 750 and SNC 4500 electronic surveillance measures systems and AN/ARC-210 radios, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will serve as the principal contractor in the proposed deal, which will enable Canada to perform unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance patrols of its Northern Arctic territories, support its NATO and North American Aerospace Defense missions and increase interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces.

The company will also supply compact multiband data links, KY-100M narrowband/wideband terminals, KOR-24A small tactical terminals; high-bandwidth compact telemetry modules and KIV-77 cryptographic appliques and other identification friend or foe equipment.

Congress has been notified of the arms package, which also includes M299 Hellfire launchers and training missiles, DSU-38 precision laser guidance sets, personnel training and equipment, classified publications and technical documentation, spare and repair parts, unclassified software delivery and support, government and contractor engineering and logistics support services.

MQ-9B SkyGuardian is a remotely piloted aircraft system designed to provide situational awareness for joint forces and civil authorities. The UAV is equipped with the Lynx multimode radar, an electro-optical/infrared sensor and automatic takeoff and landing functionality and uses satellite communications to deliver persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support.

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