Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Canada’s search-and-rescue planes to be replaced

One of the longest defence procurements in Canadian history will inch closer to conclusion Thursday when the federal government announces a replacement for the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes. The decision comes 14 years after plans to replace the air force’s Buffalo and Hercules aircraft, the oldest of which have been flying since the 1960s.

What followed was a series of missteps and controversies eerily similar of the efforts to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter jet.
Aerospace giant Airbus has won with its C-295 design. The government originally budgeted $3 billion for 17 aircraft plus a 20-year maintenance contract.
The government will spend $2.3 billion to replace the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes with 16 new aircraft.