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The Government of Canada has procured a new fleet of 16 C295W twin-turboprop, fixed-wing aircraft configured for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions from Airbus Defence & Space for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

The new C295W search-and-rescue aircraft will be used to perform critical SAR duties in each of Canada's SAR regions, in conditions ranging from the North Atlantic, to the Arctic, across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Scheduled to be delivered between 2019 and 2022, the CC-295 SAR aircraft are intended to replace the RCAF's existing SAR fleet comprising of six CC-115 Buffalo and ten CC-130H Hercules aircraft.

C295W Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Program

Airbus Defence & Space received a prime contract award worth $2.4B (Canadian) from the Government of Canada in December 2016 for the delivery of 16 C295W aircraft in a search-and-rescue configuration for the FWSAR aircraft replacement program. Airbus will provide engineering, training, maintenance and in-service support services for the aircraft under the contract, which has a base period of 11 years. In addition, the company will build a new simulator-equipped training complex in Comox, British Columbia, to provide training for the CC-295 pilots.

Canadian-based simulation and training services provider CAE is responsible for the supply of full flight simulators. Airbus Defence, in collaboration with Provincial Aerospace, formed a joint venture designated AirPro SAR Services (AirPro) for providing repairs, upgrades and deport level maintenance for the FWSAR programme for a period of 20 years.

L-3 Wescam, a manufacturer of electrooptical sensors and targeting systems and Lockheed Martin Canada were selected to provide mission systems components for the 16 C295W transports.

C295W aircraft design and features

The RCAF's CC-295 search-and-rescue aircraft will have a 12.7 m (41 ft) pressurized cabin with a large floor area. It will be manned by two pilots, one flight engineer, one Air Combat Systems Officer (ACSO) and two SAR technicians.

The aircraft features a fixed-wing design with a wing span of 25.81 m and a wing area of 59 m2. Blended winglets are attached to the wings to improve the aircraft's aerodynamic efficiency. The aircraft's retractable tricycle landing gear enables the flight crew to perform take-off and landing operations safely in difficult terrain conditions. A large ramp door is fitted in the rear of the aircraft to provide easy access for search and rescue equipment and CAF personnel. An additional escape hatch for the crew has also been added.

C295W cockpit and avionics

The C295W SAR aircraft incorporates a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS)-compatible cockpit and advanced avionics suite. Featuring Head-Up-Displays (HUDs) and an Enhanced Video System (EVS), the cockpit provides improved situational awareness, allowing the RCAF to perform search- and-rescue missions more effectively in all weather conditions. The onboard digital avionics will provide flight safety and enhanced mission effectiveness, while reducing the pilot workload. The aircraft is also fitted with a FITS (Fully-Integrated Tactical System) mission system, which integrates the tactical information and mission sensors.

Sensors aboard C295W SAR aircraft

Canada's CC-295 SAR aircraft will be equipped with a MX-15 multi-sensor imaging system beneath its nose to localize, track, identify and detect targets in day / night and difficult weather conditions. Developed by L-3 Wescam, the payload system can house up to six high-definition imaging and laser sensors such as laser rangefinder, laser illuminator, and Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO / IR) cameras. The installation of the MX-15 has necessitated relocation of the twin landing / taxi lights from the nose landing gear to a fairing just above the MX-15.

A multi-mode search radar is fitted under the fuselage to provide an unobstructed 360Ã"° field of view. It can detect, recognize, classify and track both land and water-based objects such as fishing vessels, merchant ships, inflatable boats and small craft up to a distance of 200nm.

The SAR aircraft also features an Automatic Identification System (AIS) that is capable of transmitting and receiving text messages. The AIS is used to identify and locate aircraft, ships, land-based installations, and navigational aids with AIS transponders. from "A Primer" by Kestrel Publications

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last update: 2024-06-08 19:38:57

Kingfisher 295501

s/n
 295501
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑183
c/r
 EC‑005
Rolled out on 8 March 2019. First flight on 4 July 2019, Spanish registered as #EC-005, at Seville, Spain for 1:27 hrs total flight time. Accepted by RCAF as of 16 December 2019. Delivered to 19 Wing Comox in September 2020. 2023-12-09
   2019-December-16 Taken on Strength 10 Wing Comox CA 2021-11-16

Kingfisher 295502

s/n
 295502
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑185
c/r
 EC‑004
First flight on 5 September 2019, Spanish registered as #EC-004, at Seville, Spain. Still undergoing flight tests there in Oct 2021. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295503

s/n
 295503
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑190
c/r
 EC‑190
First flights in April 2020, Spanish registered as #EC-190, at Seville, Spain. Delivered December 2023.
2024-05-21
   2021-September Taken on Strength 2021-11-16

Kingfisher 295504

s/n
 295504
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑192
c/r
 EC‑004
First flights in April 2020, and Spanish registered as #EC-004, at Seville, Spain. Delivered May 2024. 2024-05-21

Kingfisher 295505

s/n
 295505
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑194
c/r
 EC‑194
First Spanish registered as #EC-194, at Seville, Spain. Flight tests commenced. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295506

s/n
 295506
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑197
c/r
 EC‑197
First Spanish registered as #EC-197, at Seville, Spain. Delivered to the RCAF in Canada on 17 Jul 2021. Seen at KAPA Centennial Airport, near Denver CO 3 Apr 2024. 2024-04-05
   2021-July Taken on Strength 2021-11-16

Kingfisher 295507

s/n
 295507
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑198
c/r
 EC‑198
First Spanish registered as #EC-198, at Seville, Spain. Delivered to the RCAF in Canada on 8 Jun 2021. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295508

s/n
 295508
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑200
c/r
 EC‑200
First Spanish registered as #EC-200, at Seville, Spain. Delivered to the RCAF in Canada on 28 Sept 2021. Deployed to NAS Patuxent River in the US for flight tests. 2023-12-15
   2021-September Taken on Strength 2021-11-16

Kingfisher 295509

s/n
 295509
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑201
c/r
 EC‑201
First Spanish registered as #EC-201, at Seville, Spain. Undergoing flight tests there in Oct 2021. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295510

s/n
 295510
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑203
c/r
 EC‑203
First Spanish registered as #EC-299, at Seville, Spain. Undergoing flight tests there in Sep /Oct 2021. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295511

s/n
 295511
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑204
c/r
 EC‑204
First Spanish registered as #EC-204, at Seville, Spain. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295512

s/n
 295512
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑205
c/r
 EC‑205
First Spanish registered as #EC-205, at Seville, Spain. Undergoing flight tests there in Oct / Nov 2021. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295513

s/n
 295513
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑208
c/r
 EC‑207
First Spanish registered as #EC-207, at Seville, Spain. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295514

s/n
 295514
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑210
c/r
 EC‑208
First Spanish registered as #EC-208, at Seville, Spain. 2023-12-09

Kingfisher 295515

s/n
 295515
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑213
c/r
 EC‑210
First Spanish registered as #EC-210, at Seville, Spain. Seen outside at Seville SP Mar 2024. 2024-04-01

Kingfisher 295516

s/n
 295516
m/d
 CASA295W
c/n
 S‑214
c/r
 EC‑211
First Spanish registered as #EC-211, at Seville, Spain. Delivered 23 Mar 2023.
2024-04-01

Kingfisher 295517

s/n
 295517
m/d
 CASA295 AMT
c/n
 S‑187
c/r
 EC‑187
First Spanish registered as #EC-187, at Seville, Spain. Flown to 19 Wing Comox by an Airbus crew and arrived in Comox on 05 Feb 2020 after stops in 14 Wg, 8 Wg and 17 Wing. This aircraft is technically not part of the operational fleet but is instead the Aircraft Maintenance Trainer (AMT). The AMT is not designed nor equipped to conduct operational SAR missions, and as such, is not one of the 16 operational a/c procured under the FWSAR project; rather, it is part of the training package for the new fleet. It will be used to instruct technicians on the removal and installation of various aircraft parts and components, and other aspects of hands-on maintenance, before they conduct work on operational a/c. After arrival, consequently, the AMT was disassembled, then reassembled inside the new CC-295 training centre. 2024-04-01
   2020-February-05 Taken on Strength 2021-11-16

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