In spite of ongoing concerns over the manuals for the plane, the Canadian military has accepted the first of its new Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft from Airbus.
Known as the CC-295 the plane was to be delivered by December 1, but the ongoing concerns over the manuals caused a delay.
The manuals involve thousands of pages of how to fly and to maintain the aircraft. The disagreement seems to involve what details should be included in the manuals.
Canada had initially refused the planes, but although the issue is not fully resolved, Canada has agreed this week to accept the first of the 16 contracted planes.
The deal involves some $2.4 billion dollars for the planes, which will replace the RCAF ageing DeHavilland ‘Buffalo’ SAR planes, a design which dates back to the mid 1960’s, and an old version of the four engine Hercules aircraft.
Another $2.3 billion will be paid to maintain and support the plane for 15 years. A new training centre related to the aircraft will also be created at CFB Comox in British Columbia. Further testing and Canadian pilot and maintenance training will take place at the Spanish facility with the first planes to be ferried to Canada in mid 2020.
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- Canadian Press (via PostMedia): L, Berthiaume: Dec 24/19: Air Force accepts first new search-and-rescue plane despite issue with manuals
- Canadian Defence Review: Oct 8/19 : First RCAF C295 Final Livery
- Canadian Press (via Design Engineering): L. Berthiaume: Nov 20/19: Military facing likely delay of search and rescue plane delivery
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