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Utility Transport Aircraft

Project Type

Project New


To acquire a replacement for the CC-138 Twin Otter.


This project will provide a fleet of aircraft to conduct utility airlift operations, maintenance and training in Canada's FAR north. It will ensure sufficient range to transit on an IFR flight with a standard Ranger load from Yellowknife to Iqaluit (and return) within a crew duty day. Cargo space and loading will be such that safe loading and unloading can be performed by the crewmembers themselves without additional personnel or equipment. The aircraft must permit take-off and landing on semi-prepared or gravel-surfaced runway in an austere environment while carrying two standard Ranger loads. The aircraft must also demonstrate the capability for autonomous operations while deployed throughout the Arctic region, including a self-start capability after lengthy exposure to extreme Arctic temperatures.

Funding Range

$250 million to $499 million

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

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