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I was under the impression - quite possibly in error - that Saab initially developed the concept with their sensor & EW package, but that Bombardier came onboard as the project-lead due to them manufacturing the aircraft, and knowing how to implement/install it into their airframe easier than the Swedes could have done without the expertise from the manufacturer.

I could very well be wrong. I don't recall Bombardier ever taking the self-initiative to develop a MPA/ISR/EW suite, or militarize, any of their small business jet models.
 

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I could very well be wrong. I don't recall Bombardier ever taking the self-initiative to develop a MPA/ISR/EW suite, or militarize, any of their small business jet models.


Maybe not their business jets, but in the early to mid eighties, they did propose to the government to build secondary MPA's using their then CL-415 water bomber, as replacements for the soon to be retired Trackers. I even have a model of it somewhere in a box. It was given to me when I inspected the Canadair Air cadet Corps.

The loss of the Trackers, even though they were not the ASW beast they once were when they retired, greatly overburdened the Aurora's. The Tackers were doing good work in Sovpats, Fishpats, pollution patrols and generally showing the flag around the East coast. A replacement would have been nice and saved a lot of extra work from the Aurora's.
 

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Maybe not their business jets, but in the early to mid eighties, they did propose to the government to build secondary MPA's using their then CL-415 water bomber, as replacements for the soon to be retired Trackers. I even have a model of it somewhere in a box. It was given to me when I inspected the Canadair Air cadet Corps.

The loss of the Trackers, even though they were not the ASW beast they once were when they retired, greatly overburdened the Aurora's. The Tackers were doing good work in Sovpats, Fishpats, pollution patrols and generally showing the flag around the East coast. A replacement would have been nice and saved a lot of extra work from the Aurora's.
Viking could still fill that gap with the CL-515, which might be a good supplement to the Auroras, but I suspect the RCAF will fear the government would use that buy as an excuse not to replace the Auroras with an equal capable aircraft. Maritime Mission | Viking's Aerial Firefighter
 

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There's an article in the 05 Apr 2021 edition of The Aurora about Block 4, focused on tech trg @ 404, but talks some in general, as well. If you look closely at the picture on the cover page, you can partially see some of the new displays in the upper "tac rail" section.

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Here's a good, recent picture of a Block 4 aircraft, shared from the CP-140 FB group. "Test team from AETE and crew members from 415 with the new Blk IV Aurora, AC 111, that just completed flight science testing at CFB Greenwood" April 20221
 

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