C295W Selected for FWSAR
Shortly before the end of 2016 the Government of Canada announced the selection of the C295W for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Contract. After a selection process that has lasted more than 10 years, Canada has chosen to replace its ageing search and rescue planes with 16 C295W modified for Search and Rescue, being the only aircraft of the competition in operation and proven for these complex missions.
This decision confirms that the C295W continues to respond to what the market needs and is the best aircraft for these operations. With its excellent handling qualities, the aircraft is able to search large areas and operate in extreme weather conditions with great versatility, as it can undertake tactical airlifter missions as well as SAR. Simon Jacques, Head of Airbus Defence and Space in Canada said: “We are acutely conscious of the importance of search and rescue in Canada’s vast and challenging territory and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the aircraft and service to ensure that the role is carried out effectively.”
C295W will be equipped with state-of-the art sensors and the Airbus developed Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS), thus offering a proven design with minimal risk, yet also featuring a significant amount of Canadian components on the aircraft. Simon Jacques went on to say: “About 20 percent of the aircraft is already Canadian, meaning that it already serves as a global ambassador for the skills, innovation and expertise of Canadians. Now it will get to serve them directly.”
Airbus has teamed up with Provincial Aerospace Ltd, in a joint-venture to offer a comprehensive in service support solution in country, as well as partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp, engine manufacturer, and Canadian simulator maker CAE Inc. .
With this contract the Royal Canadian Air Force will become the 26th operator of the C295W with Canada the 25th country to purchase the type, reinforcing the aircraft’s leading position in the medium size market with 185 aircraft ordered around the world.
Some comments from our customer when announcing the contract award to Airbus illustrate the value they see in the C295:
“In a country as large as Canada, our search and rescue personnel must have the right equipment to face the varying challenges they encounter every day. Working closely with partners through a fair, open competition, we have selected aircraft and advanced technology that will ensure the safety of Canadians from coast to coast to coast while providing good middle class jobs.”
The Honourable Judy M. Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue community are among the best trained in the world and respond to incidents in every type of environment, whether in the Arctic, over the Rockies or in the middle of the ocean. Canadians in distress can count on them to give their very best to save lives. With this technology, we are giving our women and men in uniform the tools they need to continue to deliver effective and essential search and rescue operations.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence
“Through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, 100 percent of the contract value will be invested into the Canadian economy. Airbus Defence and Space will ensure that the maintenance, training, repair and overhaul work of the aircraft are performed in Canada which will create high-value, well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians and generate sustainability and growth for Canada’s aerospace and defence sector.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development