C-27J: Possible Replacement for Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Program Visits Ottawa Area

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2016 – Team Spartan, offering the C-27J for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program, will showcase a similar model C-27J at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 for the media.

The aircraft is on a demonstration flight en-route to South America, and will have updates to the airframe that will mirror the same upgrades for the FWSAR platform, including winglets that improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft.  Members of Team Spartan will be on-hand to discuss the capabilities of this aircraft and the many Canadian industrial partners that make up the team.

“Team Spartan’s C-27J not only meets all of Canada’s search and rescue requirements, but in many cases also exceeds our country’s needs with its rapid response time, excellent endurance and superb maneuverability that make it ideal for Canada’s remote, austere and mountainous regions. We have a Canadian team that will bring economic opportunities to all regions in Canada, while also fitting within the existing budget,” said Steve Lucas, former RCAF Chief of Staff and spokesperson of Team Spartan

In the vast reaches of Canada’s SAR (Search and Rescue) Area of Responsibility, speed is critical when it comes to saving lives. The ability to quickly locate and accurately deliver well equipped first responders to those in need is often the difference between life and death.

“That is why Team Spartan’s fully missionized C-27J, being the fastest aircraft in its category (325 Kts vs. 260 Kts of its direct competitor), is the preferred solution for the FWSAR requirement. Over longer missions the significant speed difference assists the C-27J to arrive and respond up to hours before its competitor. For those in the most critical of situations that time difference is vital,” said Lucas.

The C-27J Spartan has the capability to replace two very different FWSAR platforms, the CC-115 Buffalo and the CC-130H Hercules, which are currently in service today and reaching the end of their service life. The C-27J offers the lower speed/high maneuverability and the rugged characteristics of the Buffalo and the speed and long range/endurance of the CC-130H.

For example, if a rescue mission is called out at the 51°N 30°W, in the middle of the Atlantic and at the extreme of the Canada’s SAR zone, the C-27J can perform the same mission as the CC-130H with comparable radius of action and Total Mission Time (more than 10 hrs).

Acquisition and operational costs are also significantly reduced when compared to the purchase of a four-engine platform. “With a fully missionized C-27J as Canada’s new FWSAR aircraft there will be no gaps in Canada’s SAR capability and no reduction in capacity at the extreme of the SAR area, mid-Atlantic and Far-North. A mission impossible for other twin engine prop aircraft,” said Lucas

Members of the public should be advised that a Team Spartan aircraft will be flying over the National Capital Region mid-day on November 16.



Wednesday November 16, 2016

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport*

1717, rue Arthur-Fecteau

Gatineau, Québec



Media Relations

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Michael Plastino

Phone: (613) 325-8707

Email: Michael.Plastino@hkstrategies.ca