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
Discovery Air Inc.'s Class A common voting shares and unsecured
debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A 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
Mike Powell (Impact)
Discovery Air point of contact: