The CP-140 is a long-range patrol aircraft. Its long endurance and 7400 kilometre range make it ideal for a variety of missions.
The Royal Canadian Air Force got its fleet of 18 CP-140 Aurora in the early 1980s, primarily for maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
As a “command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” (C4ISR) platform, the Aurora can perform a variety of operations at home and abroad. It has conducted:
the surveillance of Canada’s coastal waters
maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
search and rescue (SAR) missions
disaster relief missions
It also provides vital support to other government agencies in combating:
With its latest upgrades, the CP-140 is able to detect and destroy the latest generation of stealth submarines. It has also been equipped with air-droppable survival pods.