Straight from the Canadian government's procurement website:
The Department of National Defence has a requirement to acquire an enduring, operational level, multi-sensor Manned Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability, deployable on short notice to provide dedicated support to DND operations domestically or internationally. To meet its requirements, DND may look to acquire the aircraft and Prime Mission Equipment (PME) as well as the support for both the aircraft platform and the PME.
The intent of this Letter of Interest (LOI) is to solicit market information, including price and availability and delivery schedule, as well as to determine industry interest in responding to a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) for the needed resources.
From the bid documents, the exact requirements the government is seeking:
DND has a potential requirement to acquire and sustain a minimum quantity of three (3) to a maximum quantity of four (4) (preferred) airworthy aircraft, all being the same type and configuration, which have the notional level of capabilities as per the following rudimentary requirements:
a. Airworthiness - Each modified aircraft proposed shall have a valid airworthiness certificate upon delivery. All aircraft must be globally self-deployable (multi-engine) and able to transit through domestic and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) civilian-controlled and military-controlled airspace;
b. Mission Aircraft performance – The un-refueled range of the platforms shall be a minimum of 2000 km (greater range is preferred) at normal cruise power while carrying a minimum crew of two (2) pilots and approximately 1200 lbs of mission payload (two (2) sensor operators with PME installed and operating);
c. Aircraft Life – Each aircraft shall, upon receipt, have minimum sufficient life remaining for 10 years/10,000 hours of usage (for this LOI assume an average usage of four (4) flying hours per engine cycle);
d. Configuration of Cockpit –Aviator Night Vision Imaging System (ANVIS) compatible cockpit with suitable avionics to support flight in international airspace and integration into military coalition operations (i.e. military transponders with Mode S, encrypted radios, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) 2, Pro-Line 21, etc.);
e. Configuration of mission suite – Each aircraft shall be delivered with the PME, as stated in paragraph 3.2. If the supplier cannot acquire the needed PME, due to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or similar constraint, the supplier would then state the assumption that the specific PME system would be Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), and the contractor integration would allow for the PME to be fitted for but not with. “Fitted for but not with” is defined as to have the airworthiness approved physical, electrical, data and software interfaces installed without the Line Replaceable Units (LRU) mounted. The required aircraft integration configuration includes all structural and electrical modifications including bulkheads, cables, cable connectors, antennas, fairings, man-machine-interfaces, etc. for the PME to be used operationally; and
f. Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) - Each platform shall be delivered fitted for an ASE suite, as stated in paragraph 3.3, but not with. “Fitted for but not with” is defined above (3.1 e) and includes the mounts, fairings, cables, and cable connectors for the ASE LRUs (sensors, dispensers, and cockpit displays/controls, etc.) for the ASE to be used operationally
The specs seem tailored for something like the MC-12W Liberty ISR aircraft already in use by the USAF...