Fixed-Wing Search And Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project
The objective of the FWSAR project is to replace the current Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (SAR) fleets of CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130H Hercules aircraft by acquiring new, sensor-equipped aircraft with long-term in-service support, to ensure the Canadian Armed Forces continues to provide an effective response to SAR incidents anywhere in the Canadian Area of Responsibility.
The Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) fleet will have the capability to respond to aeronautical or maritime search and rescue incidents anywhere within the designated Canadian search and rescue area of responsibility, in all weather conditions. It will provide life-saving assistance through the aerial delivery of fully equipped search and rescue technicians and/or equipment. It will have the capability to conduct electronic and visual searches in any terrain, day or night, leveraging multi-spectral sensors.
In 2016, a single contract for $2.4B was awarded to Airbus Defence and Space for 6 years of acquisition followed by five years of in-service support. The contract also includes the opportunity for the company to earn contract extensions for in-service support in increments of 1 to 3 years, up to an additional 15 years. This could potentially extend until 2042, for a total value of $4.7B.
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$1 billion to $4.99 billion
Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)
- Options Analysis Phase
- Definition Phase
- Implementation Phase
- In Progress
- Initial Delivery
- Final Delivery
Defence Capability Areas
Defence Capability Investment Areas
Key Industrial Capabilities
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