YELLOWKNIFE, NW, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - In the presence of the Honourable
Mr. Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories, the CEO of
Discovery Air, Mr. Brian Semkowski, and the SVP Commercial of Airbus
Military, Mr. Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, announced the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly offer a solution for the
Canadian Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Program. Under the terms
of the MoU, Discovery Air, as the Airbus Military (AM) primary Canadian
partner, will provide the in-service support for the program.
Brian Semkowski 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 110,000 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 believe that Discovery Air is ideally placed to provide the
20 year support package that will be required for this program."
Antonio 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 program. The C295 is a proven platform
as a world leader in terms of maritime patrol, search and rescue and
related missions for twin engine military aircraft.
"The C295 FWSAR is a robust, reliable aircraft that does not have the
risk associated with unproven technologies and Airbus Military, being
part of Airbus, is backed by the solid fundamentals and reputation of
Airbus. Furthermore, it has the lowest life-cycle costs in its class,
and compared to competitors could save Canada up to $1 billion in fuel
costs alone over the life of the airframe."
The C295 aircraft is a proven and reliable SAR platform of which 114
examples have been sold in 17 countries. With proven, state of the art
search capabilities, it offers a low-risk, low-cost solution, high in
Canadian content. In addition to Discovery Air, established partners
include Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, L-3 Wescam and Vector Aerospace.
Airbus Military is the world market leader in military SAR, maritime
patrol and related missions.
The aircraft's search system has been fully integrated from the very
beginning offering unparalleled levels of integration between the crew
and the aircraft. 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.
Brian Semkowski also stated: "We believe the RCAF can improve 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 aircraft in the North, and designating them as dedicated SAR
assets, we believe Canada will be in an excellent position to respond
to incidents in the North."
Attached image: Artist's impression of C295
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
SOURCE: Airbus Military
For further information:
Airbus Military point of contact:
+34 91 585 77 89
Mobile:+34 669 67 75 78
+34 91 585 76 07
Mobile:+34 615 02 31 04
Discovery Air point of contact: