Entering service in 1982, the CP-140 Aurora is a long range patrol air craft originally designed for anti-submarine warfare. In the years since, the Aurora has expanded past its original mission, to now include over land and maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, strike coordination, and search and rescue. The same sensors which make the Aurora idea in those rolls, allow the Aurora to assist over governmental agencies such as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in combatting illegal fishing and polluting, and the RCMP with drug trafficking, amongst other roles.
In 2014 Auroras were deployed as a part of Operation Impact flying 881 sorties between October 30, 2014 and December 11, 2017.
- Length: 35.61 m
- Height: 10.30 m
- Wingspan: 30.37 m
- Engines: Four Alison T-56-A-14-LFE turboprop engines
- Maximum speed: 750 km / h
- Typical Crew: 10 – 2 pilots, 2 Air Combat Systems Officers, 1 Flight Engineer, 5 Airborne Electronic Sensor Operators
- Range: 7400 Km
- Based out of Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and Comox, British Columbia