First Airbus C295 FWSAR Aircraft Has Arrived

 In EPC, Air, Canada, Forces & Capabilities, FVEY

The first Airbus C295 air­craft, pur­chased by the gov­ern­ment of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) project, has arrived at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, in British Columbia, Canada.

The air­craft, des­ig­nat­ed CC-295 for the Canadian cus­tomer, landed at its home base on September 17 and is the first of the 16 air­craft con­tract­ed in December 2016. The con­tract also includes all in-ser­vice sup­port ele­ments, train­ing and engi­neer­ing ser­vices, the con­struc­tion of a new train­ing centre in Comox, British Columbia, and main­te­nance and sup­port ser­vices.

 “Airbus is really proud to be able to cel­e­brate this impor­tant mile­stone: the arrival of the first out of 16 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue C295 at the Canadian Forces Base Comox. Thanks to the excel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion with Canadian offi­cials we have over­come the chal­lenges caused by COVID-19 and we were able to deliv­er the air­craft,” said Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Hoke, on a video state­ment dis­played during an offi­cial event held Sept 25 at the 19 Wing, Comox Air Base.

“Despite the cur­rent pan­dem­ic, we are con­fi­dent of achiev­ing the pro­gramme target of six deliv­er­ies by the end of this year. We look for­ward to our con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion and to the C295 Canada,” CEO Hoke added.

 Airbus has for­mal­ly deliv­ered three air­craft to date, the second of which is sched­uled to arrive in coun­try in the coming weeks. Deliveries will con­tin­ue until 2022. The final assem­bly of C295s is per­formed at Airbus’ San Pablo indus­tri­al facil­i­ty in Seville, Spain.

The C295 vari­ant that Canada is receiv­ing is the latest ver­sion, equipped with winglets that make it capa­ble of trans­port­ing more pay­load over larger dis­tances, result­ing in fuel sav­ings as well as increased safety mar­gins in moun­tain­ous regions. The C295’s 41-ft.-long cabin is the largest in its class, pro­vid­ing ample space for both sen­sors and mis­sion sys­tems, as well as crew rest and prepa­ra­tion areas. –shp/mgm (Photos: Airbus)

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