CAF to replace two Challenger 601 aircraft
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have replaced two Challenger 601 utility aircraft with two newer 650 models (pictured). Delivery of the two new aircraft is part of a C$105 million ($78.35 million) contract that also includes initial training and spare parts.
The 601s entered into service in the 1980s and now fall short of meeting operational requirements. New aviation regulations in both the US and Europe mean that the Canadian military would be severely restricted in its ability to operate the aging platforms in international airspace beyond 2020.
Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, said: ‘This purchase is another example of our government’s commitment to provide the CAF with the modern equipment they need to carry out the critical work we ask of them.’
The Challenger fleet is operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force from Ottawa International Airport and is maintained by Transport Canada technicians.
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