USAF awards CCC $70M Gunship Sensor contract

January 4, 2022

Ottawa, CANADA – The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $70 million fixed-price contract to Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) to extend its logistics support for the service’s electro-optical infrared sensors.

The government to government contract requires CCC to provide field-level repair, troubleshooting, and operator familiarization training services for the MX series sensor system developed by L3Harris Technologies for U.S. Air Force’s AC-130 gunship fleet. Work for the contract will be performed in the states of Florida and New Mexico and is expected to be complete by December 2028.

The MX series of electro-optical infrared sensors by L3Harris provides stabilized imaging solutions over multiple wavebands, ensuring day and night imaging capability even in adverse weather conditions. L3Harris reports that the system can be integrated with auxiliary components such as moving maps, digital downlink systems, slaved searchlights, and mission computers.

In addition to being Canada’s government to government contracting agency, CCC is Canada’s foreign military sales agency. The contract with the U.S. Air Force was developed as part of CCC’s U.S. DoD Prime Contractor service which enables Canada to meet its commitments to the U.S.- Canada Defence Production Sharing Agreement (DPSA).

Under the DPSA, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) considers Canadian suppliers as domestic sources of supply and designates CCC as the contracting authority for U.S. DoD acquisitions from Canada that exceed the simplified threshold of USD $250,000.

Canadian businesses that pursue U.S. DoD contract opportunities through CCC can expect to receive support on interpreting U.S. DoD bid documents and securing price certification to  meet DoD procurement requirements. Winning proposals receive a Government of Canada guarantee of contract performance.

To learn more about how to pursue business opportunities with the U.S. Department of Defense with Government of Canada and CCC, contact us.


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