The Department of National Defence has exercised a contract renewal with MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates to provide operational support for the east and west coast RADARSAT-2 ground systems that support the Polar Epsilon Near-Real Time Ship Detection (NRTSD) system.

It’s the third renewal option since the contract was originally signed in April 2013. It is valued at approximately $2.4 million and extends until March 2016.

According to MDA, the NRTSD system is a broad-area surveillance system that delivers space-based, day and night, all-weather maritime surveillance information of Canada’s Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans and includes global high-resolution surveillance capabilities to support deployed Canadian Forces.