Team Spar­tan com­pet­ing for Royal Cana­dian Air Force’s FWSAR pro­gramme


Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada, and DRS Tech­nolo­gies Canada Ltd (TCL) have signed a com­pre­hen­sive team­ing agree­ment to com­pete for the Royal Cana­dian Air Force's (RCAF) up­com­ing fixed-wing search and res­cue re­place­ment (FWSAR) pro­gramme.

The team will of­fer a mar­ket vari­ant of the C-27J Spar­tan, Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi's best-sell­ing medium tac­ti­cal mil­i­tary air­craft. The of­fer­ing will lever­age Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi's in­ter­na­tional suc­cess with the C-27J, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics' sys­tem in­te­gra­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, and DRS' train­ing ex­per­tise.

Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi will serve as the prime con­trac­tor and will pro­vide the green air­craft plat­form, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing sup­port and avion­ics. The air­craft will be mod­i­fied, mis­sionised, and sup­ported in At­lantic Canada by Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada. DRS TCL will pro­vide long-term train­ing sup­port for the fleet. Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Canada will act as the team's mis­sion sys­tem in­te­gra­tor. It will be re­spon­si­ble for mod­i­fy­ing the air­craft to ac­cept high tech sen­sors and the com­put­ers that man­age them, in­creas­ing the search and res­cue crew's abil­ity to de­tect res­cue tar­gets. In ad­di­tion, it will serve as the in-ser­vice sup­port (ISS) in­te­gra­tor for the C-27J.

In close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi, it will work with the RCAF to main­tain the high level of fleet avail­abil­ity de­manded by search and res­cue op­er­a­tions. The DRS train­ing de­vel­op­ment team will de­sign, over­see and man­age the cre­ation and main­te­nance of all course­ware and train­ing aids for the du­ra­tion of the con­tract. The train­ing will sup­port the op­er­a­tional man­date of the FWSAR fleet by mak­ing max­i­mum use of elec­tronic learn­ing and sim­u­la­tion to op­ti­mise avail­abil­ity of the FWSAR air­craft for op­er­a­tional em­ploy­ment.

“This team­ing agree­ment reaf­firms our com­mit­ment to the Cana­dian mar­ket and to pro­vid­ing the Royal Cana­dian Air Force with the most ca­pa­ble, best value so­lu­tion for the fixed-wing search and res­cue re­place­ment pro­gramme,” said Ben Stone, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi North Amer­ica. “Ale­nia is ex­cep­tion­ally proud to be work­ing with th­ese two Cana­dian de­fence com­pa­nies who col­lec­tively have over 100 years of ex­pe­ri­ence sup­port­ing Cana­di­ans and armed forces around the world. Our team has the right ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­per­tise, and plat­form to best sup­port Canada's search and res­cue pro­gramme.”

The agree­ment will sup­port new long-term, high-tech jobs, across Canada as well as in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy, mak­ing it an out­stand­ing eco­nomic stim­u­lus for Canada's aero­space sec­tor. Ad­di­tion­ally, Team Spar­tan is well-po­si­tioned to strengthen the Cana­dian econ­omy as its two Cana­dian com­pa­nies have a his­tory of tap­ping into the skills and re­sources of Cana­dian sup­pli­ers, de­vel­op­ing Canada's in­dus­trial base, and sup­port­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment at the coun­try's lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties.

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