Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), announced that it recently started delivering PW127G turboprop engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft (FWSAR) Replacement Project.
The engines will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft, which will be designated the CC-295 in Canada. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is scheduled to receive the first of 16 CC-295 aircraft by the end of 2019. The DND intends to replace its existing search and rescue (SAR) fixed-wing aircraft – six CC-115 Buffalo and 12 CC-130 Hercules – with the CC-295.
“We celebrate this milestone with national pride,” said Frédéric Lefebvre, vice president of regional airlines sales and marketing at Pratt & Whitney Canada. “We’re a company of proud Canadian heritage, and we’re honoured to play an important role in maintaining the safety and well-being of our fellow citizens.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada and Airbus Defence and Space have collaborated to offer the best possible aircraft to meet the Canadian Air Force’s fixed-wing SAR requirements. Canada has a search area of 18 million square kilometers, making SAR operations challenging. With low fuel burn during cruise, the PW127G engine will provide the CC-295 aircraft with exceptional range and endurance for time-critical missions.
“We’re looking forward to delivering the first CC-295 to the Canadian government,” said Simon Jacques, president of Airbus Defence and Space Canada. “Canada has selected an efficient and versatile aircraft, thanks in large part to the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada has delivered more than 400 PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space for numerous C295 customers and variants. The PW100 engine family powers several aircraft families around the world, performing a variety of missions in diverse climates and flying conditions. The engine family consists of 38 engine models. With more than 9,500 engines delivered to date, the family has accumulated 190 million engine flight hours.
On a company-wide basis, Pratt & Whitney Canada has produced more than 103,000 engines, 64,000 of which are still in operation, and the entire fleet has flown more than 855 million hours.