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Airbus rolls out fully liveried C295W FWSAR for Canada

08 October 2019
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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.The first of 16 C295W aircraft for Canada's FWSAR requirement was rolled out in its full livery on 8 October. (Airbus)The first of 16 C295W aircraft for Canada's FWSAR requirement was rolled out in its full livery on 8 October. (Airbus)

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