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Airbus, Provincial Aerospace sign new SAR pact

Oct. 28, 2014, St. John's - At the Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety (MASS) conference in St. John's, NL, Airbus Defence and Space and Provincial Aerospace (PAL) reached a teaming agreement to pursue Canada’s fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft program with Airbus Defence and Space’s C295 aircraft. This agreement follows from a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year by the two companies.


October 28, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

“Provincial Aerospace brings 35 years of proven in-service support capability and world-class expertise as an integrator of advanced technology systems,” said Mr. Segisfredo Domingo, VP Services Sales, Airbus Defence and Space. “Expertise such as this is what makes the C295 the world leader in military search and rescue, maritime patrol and medium transport with over 140 aircraft sold in 19 countries.”

Through this agreement, Provincial Aerospace will be the main Canadian in-service support (ISS) partner for the C295 team seeking to replace Canada’s aging CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules aircraft currently being used for search and rescue duties. This partnership, if selected by the government of Canada, will create more than 100 jobs while bringing significant investment to Newfoundland and Labrador over the 20-year life of the contract.

“We are delighted to formalize our work with Airbus Defence and Space on such an important project for Canada,” added Keith Stoodley, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Government Relations, Provincial Aerospace. “Like Airbus Defence and Space, we are an organization that is in the business of providing solutions to customers. Together, we will propose a proven, reliable SAR aircraft and mission system combination that is already in operation around the world. Moreover, Provincial Aerospace has the experience and innovative spirit to ensure the fleet of C295 SAR aircraft will reliably and affordably protect Canadians for decades to come.”

Provincial Aerospace joins a strong group of Canadian C295 FWSAR partners, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, who provide engines for every aircraft; CAE, which manufactures simulators and training devices; Vector Aerospace which performs engine maintenance and overhauls; and L-3 WESCAM, which produces the electro/optical sensors or the “eyes” of the aircraft. Airbus Group also has a major footprint in Canada, employing 1,800 people with revenues of $500 million annually.

“Canadians deserve the best FWSAR solution available,” concluded Domingo. “The C295 is the world leader in its class for a reason. With our Canadian partners, we look forward to continuing this record of success in Canada.”