First Canadian C295 flies
The first C295 for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has completed its first flight in Seville, Spain, Airbus announced on 5 July.
The aircraft, which will be designated CC-295 in Canadian service, is the first of 16 aircraft on order for the RCAF’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) programme.
Canada ordered the aircraft in December 2016, along with in-service support including, training and engineering services, the construction of a new training centre in Comox, British Columbia; and maintenance and support services.
The FWSAR aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
The first aircraft will now begin flight testing. Another five aircraft are in various stages of assembly; and seven simulator and training devices are in various testing stages.
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