QinetiQ has been awarded a C$51m (£30m) contract to deliver UAS aimed at driving enhanced situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces.
The contract will be delivered from the firm’s unmanned vehicle manufacturing and operational facilities in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The vertical take-off UAS will be used to provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance services to the Royal Canadian Navy and Special Operations Forces Command, for both domestic and international operations.
The system, based on the UMS SKELDAR V-200 UAS, will be equipped with a number of sensors including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and Electro-optic infrared (EO/IR) camera.
Robert Aube, managing director of QinetiQ in Canada, commented: “We are delighted with this contract win to deliver critical over-the-horizon situation awareness to the Royal Canadian Navy and Special Operations Forces Command.”
He added: “This generates tactical advantages for commanders while minimising the risk to manned helicopters and personnel. As a result of the contract, we will be pleased to see a large number of jobs created in the Southern Alberta region where UAS repair and overhaul services will be carried out.”