Canada selects C295W aircraft
The Canadian government has selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue programme.
The 16 aircraft will be modified for search and rescue operations, and will be supported by AirPro, an Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace joint venture.
Pilots will be trained at a new facility developed by CAE, and the electro-optical systems for the aircraft will be provided by L3 Wescam.
The C295Ws will be delivered starting three years after contract award.
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.
'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.'
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