Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 26, 2013 13:00 ET

Ministers MacKay and Findlay Announce a Contract Renewal for Maritime and Coastal Surveillance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 26, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, QC, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta - Richmond East, announced today the renewal of a contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Ltd., to provide operational support for RADARSAT-2 ground stations on the East and West coasts. The total value of the contract is $3.5 million.

"This Canadian-built satellite offers powerful technical advancements that enhance marine surveillance, ice monitoring, disaster management, environmental monitoring, resource management, and mapping in Canada and around the world," said Minister MacKay. "RADARSAT-2 allows our domestic operators to access data in as little as six minutes, helping us exercise Canada's sovereignty over its territorial waters, including in the North."

"Using information from RADARSAT-2 to produce imagery for military commanders during operations supports efficient and cost-effective use of Canadian military assets," said Minister Findlay. "It frees up complimentary capabilities in our inventory, and allows us to deploy our air and sea assets much more efficiently, effectively and decisively."

Originally signed in March 2012, the contract provides for one year of operational support to ground stations in Masstown, N.S., and Aldergrove, B.C. It includes annual renewal options for an additional four years, the first of which was recently exercised. These stations receive and process satellite data for use by Canadian Armed Forces regional joint operations centres.

"This contract will give our men and women in uniform the tools they need to protect our coastlines and continue our Government's support of Canadian business and the economy," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women.

This award also marks the successful conclusion of the Polar Epsilon project, which provides space-based, all-weather, day-and-night surveillance of Canada's ocean approaches. It is designed to address the need to improve surveillance capabilities over the Arctic and other large areas of responsibility.

"I would like to offer my congratulations to project staff for their hard work over the last eight years," said Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff. "Polar Epsilon has delivered all of its capabilities at $5.7 million under its original budget, which is a testament to the hard work of our remarkable Defence Team."

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