The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) programme, rolled out of the paint shop showing off its final livery at Airbus facility in Seville, Spain.
The aircraft, to be designated CC-295 by the RCAF, will now go through the final preparation phase before its delivery to the customer, planned to take place in Spain before the end of the year.
The aircraft adopts the yellow paint scheme following the tradition defined in the 1970s for Search and Rescue aircraft, giving high visibility for those in the air and on the ground.
The 1st Airbus #C295 for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (@RCAF_ARC) 🇨🇦 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (#FWSAR) programme, rolled out of the paint shop 🎨 showing off its final livery at Airbus facility in Seville, Spain.https://t.co/fs0YgpuVA5 pic.twitter.com/CCT3RvZ7wy
— Airbus Defence (@AirbusDefence) October 8, 2019
In late 2016, Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W for its FWSAR program. The contract to Airbus includes 16 C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support elements including, training and engineering services, the construction of a new Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.
The new aircraft will take over the search and rescue duties currently being done by six CC-115 Buffalo and 12 CC-130 Hercules aircraft. They will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
The first RCAF CC-295 aircraft performed its maiden flight on July 4 this year in Seville, Spain.