Canadian Manufacturing

N.L. firm joins Airbus on Canadian Forces search and rescue fleet bid

by Canadian Manufacturing Staff   

Canadian Manufacturing
Procurement Aerospace defence

Provincial Aerospace Ltd. joins team pitching C295 to replace CC-115 Buffalo, CC-130 Hercules

OTTAWA—The Airbus Group is getting together with a Atlantic Canadian aerospace firm in a bid to replace Canada’s aging fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) fleet.

According to the European giant, its defence division signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Provincial Aerospace Ltd. to join Airbus on its bid to build a fleet of C295 airlifters for use by Canadian Forces personnel.

The proposed fleet of C295 aircraft would replace the existing fleet of CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules aircraft, built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd. and Lockheed Corp., respectively, being used for search and rescue operations.

Airbus said Provincial Aerospace would provide in-service support should the C295 be chosen by Public Works and Government Services Canada.


“Provincial Aerospace’s proven in-service support capabilities and world-class expertise as an integrator of advanced technology systems make it a very strong addition to our C295 team,” Antonio R. Barberán, head of commercial for military aircraft with Airbus said in a statement.

Provincial Aerospace joins a C295 team that already boasts a handful of Canadian contributors, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE Inc., L-3 Wescam and Vector Aerospace.


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