Canada selects Buffalo and legacy Hercules replacement
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) fleets of CC-115 Buffalo and legacy CC-130H Hercules aircraft will be replaced by the Airbus Defence and Space C295W, it was announced on December 8.
Airbus will supply 16 C295Ws to the Royal Canadian Air Force, with deliveries starting three years after contract award.
The contract also includes maintenance and in service support provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and Newfoundland-based PAL Aerospace.
Canadian C295W pilots will be trained at a new training centre in Comlux, British Colombia, developed by CAE
The initial contract for a period of 11 years is valued at $2.4 billion and includes six years of acquisition and set up, including the construction of the new training centre and the first five years of maintenance and support services. The contract also includes options to extend the maintenance and support services for an additional 15 years which, if exercised, would see the contract value increase to $4.7 billion.
Sources: Airbus Group and Royal Canadian Air Force