Here is a sales pitch for the C-27J Spartan becoming the next generation SAR aircraft for Canada.Fixed Wing Search and Rescue is about saving Canadian lives: The C-27J is right for the mission. The Department of National Defence (DND) plans to acquire a new Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) capability and Team Spartan (Alenia Aermacchi, General Dynamics Canada and DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.) has partnered to provide the best possible solution.The C-27J Spartan is the most capable, cost effective, and uncompromising search and rescue aircraft available today. No aircraft is better suited to meet Canada’s FWSAR needs.
*************************Ever since the US Air Force announced back in 2012 that they were mothballing the entire fleet of C-27Js to save money, the Coast Guard, US Forest Service and US SOCOM (Special Operations Command) have all been eyeing either part of or all of the remaining fleet of. Back in October of 2013 SOCOM was authorized to receive 7 of the cargo planes to replace its fleet of CASA 212 aircraft.The 14 C-27Js will supplement a fleet of 15 CH-144s: the USCG had originally ordered 36 of the CH-144s but halved the order once they learned that they could acquire the C-27Js directly from the Air Force at no cost. Bear in mind that a C-27J Spartan will be costing $308 million over its lifespan, in comparison with a C-130's $213 million 25-year lifespan cost.
Artist rendering: Alenia
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