Airbus Defence and Space (DS) rolled out the first of 16 C295W aircraft that Canada is acquiring to fulfil its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) requirement on 8 October.
The twin-turboprop, to be designated CC-295 in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) service, was presented for the first time in its distinctive, high-visibility colour scheme at Airbus' production facility in Seville, Spain.
The RCAF is acquiring the C295W to replace its fleet of six ageing de Havilland Canada (CC-115 in RCAF service) Buffalo and 13 Lockheed Martin C-130E (CC-130E) Hercules in the FWSAR role.
The first aircraft is due to be delivered in Spain in the coming months; another six aircraft are either completing flight tests or in various stages of final assembly; and seven simulators and training devices are starting up preliminary acceptance tests.
Once operational, the chosen platform will be flown by a mixture of military and civilian crews out of Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
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