Airbus Military joins forces with Canadian Company Discovery Air to bid for Canadian Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program

OTTAWA, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Airbus Military SVP Commercial Mr. Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan and Mr. Paul Bouchard, President of Discovery Air Defence Services, have signed a Teaming Agreement (TA) to jointly offer a solution for the Canadian Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Program.  Under the terms of the agreement, Discovery Air, as the Airbus Military (AM) main In Service Support (ISS) partner, will provide the high value-content of the ISS.

Antonio R. Barberan said: "We are extremely pleased with this agreement. Discovery Air is the perfect partner for Airbus Military and the ideal Canadian solution for the FWSAR programme. The C295 is the world leader in terms of maritime patrol, search and rescue and related missions for twin engine military aircraft with 121 aircraft sold in 17 countries. Furthermore, it has the lowest life-cycle costs in its class, and compared to competitors could save Canada up to 1 billion CAD in fuel costs alone over the life of the airframe."

Perfectly suited to the Canadian environment, this robust, reliable aircraft is the only twin engine aircraft in the FWSAR competition capable of operating in North Atlantic weather; able to taxi, takeoff, and land in storm force winds in excess of fifty knots. It excels in cold weather operations, operating daily north of the Arctic Circle with the Finnish Air Force.

The C295 offers proven, fully integrated sensors and mission system optimized for the SAR role, critical in the lifesaving role of FWSAR.  Canada's Request for Proposals for the FWSAR has not been released; however, it is expected that the C295 will be compliant in all areas.

Equipped with proven, state of the art search capabilities, the C295 offers a low-risk, low-cost solution that is high in Canadian content.  In addition to Discovery Air, established partners include Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, L-3 Wescam and Vector Aerospace.

Paul Bouchard, the President of Discovery Air Defence Services, stated: "We are delighted to be able to offer this solution in conjunction with Airbus Military to the Canadian Forces. We are very excited about the C295 aircraft; a proven and reliable SAR platform that has been sold all over the world with over 120,000 flying hours to its credit. With proven, state of the art search capabilities, it offers a low-risk, low-cost solution, high in Canadian content."  He added: "We are also pleased that Airbus Military and Discovery Air have been able to negotiate the type of arrangement for the transfer of high-value work that the Government of Canada is advocating within the policy discussions surrounding the Jenkins Report.  We believe that Discovery Air is ideally placed to provide the 20 year support package that will be required for this program."

Paul Bouchard continued: "We believe the RCAF can increase the level of service to Canadians by reducing response times in a region of Canada that is increasing in terms of activity and importance.  By basing dedicated C295 SAR aircraft in the North, we believe Canada will be in an excellent position to respond to the incidents that will undoubtedly be increasing in our Arctic over the next 20 years."

ABOUT AIRBUS MILITARY

Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of payload. An Airbus daughter company, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. Together with the C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft able to perform the most varied missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civilian and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.

ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES

Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training to the Canadian military; air ambulance services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air Inc.'s Class A common voting shares and unsecured debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).

SOURCE: Airbus Military

For further information:

Airbus Military point of contact:

Jaime Pérez-Guerra  
+34 91 585 77 89  
Mobile:+34  669 67 75 78

Maggie Bergsma  
+34 91 585 76 07  
Mobile:+34  615 02 31 04

Mike Powell (Impact)  
613-233-8906   
Mobile: 613-797-7313

Discovery Air point of contact:

Sheila Venman
Investor Relations
sheila.venman@discoveryair.com
(866) 903-3247

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