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Voyageur lands important contract with Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 40 highly skilled jobs, split between General Dynamics and Voyageur employees, will be created and sustained in central and northeastern Ontario
Voyageur Aviation sign (North Bay)
Voyageur Aviation is headquartered at North Bay's Jack Garland Airport. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Voyageur Aviation in North Bay, in partnership with General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, has been awarded the In-Service-Support ('ISS') contract for Canada's Manned Airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance ('MAISR') program.

The initial in-service support contract is for approximately eight years but could be extended to over 20 years.

Today the Government of Canada announced an initial 8-year in-service support and maintenance contract award to Team CERTAS, consisting of General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, from Ottawa, and Voyageur Aviation Corporation, from North Bay.

The estimated value is $72 million

Voyageur and General Dynamics will support the Canadian Armed Forces intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance needs, while servicing its newly acquired fleet of three Beechcraft King Air 350ERs and associated mission systems.

"Together, Voyageur and General Dynamics bring proven aircraft ISS, deployed operations support, material management, aircraft maintenance, airworthiness, and supply chain management experience – all elements that are critical to the successful achievement of the MAISR ISS program.

"For almost 20 years, Voyageur has gained expertise in supporting our own special mission and humanitarian air services deployed around the globe," said Scott Tapson, President, Voyageur.  "We are delighted to be combining this experience with General Dynamics in supporting the CAF with our collective capabilities."

Due to the long-term nature, and scope of this contract, an office will be set up and staffed at 8 Wing, CFB Trenton. Approximately 40 highly skilled jobs, split between General Dynamics and Voyageur employees, will be created and sustained in Central and Northeastern Ontario.

Voyageur Aviation Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc.

Voyageur is an integrated provider of specialized aviation services, including contract flying operations both internationally and domestically, and offers advanced engineering and maintenance capabilities.

Jeff Turl

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