L-3 MAS, a Canadian in-service support (ISS) integrator, has announced the award of a Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) contract to test and demonstrate the new Prognostica diagnostics technology on the CF-18 aircraft. This innovative technology was engineered for rapid fatigue analysis, structural health monitoring, and life prediction of complex structures and parts made of metals, composites or plastics by L-3 MAS’s partner, Paradigm Shift Technologies.
Under the contract, L-3 MAS will work with the Royal Canadian Air Force to test the Prognostica technology, including the Chameleon Skin Gauge sensor, on both components and the CF-18 aircraft structure. This procedure could eventually replace existing Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technologies with a more accurate and versatile sensor solution that requires fewer specialized skills to carry out structural monitoring, reducing operating and maintenance costs as well as aircraft downtime.
“We are very pleased to be awarded a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program,” said Jacques Comtois, vice president and general manager of L-3 MAS. “As a Canadian leader in ISS solutions, we are developing state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions to help our customers keep their fleet flying for longer periods of time at a lower cost.”
The Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small- and medium-sized businesses across Canada.
November 16, 2016