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- C-27J Update
- Team Spotlight
- Company News
- Upcoming Events
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Welcome to the most recent edition of Team Spartan’s FWSAR newsletter. In the last few months there has been important progress on the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. The Department of National Defence issued its request for proposals (RFP) on Tuesday, March 31 with a bidding deadline of September 28, 2015. Our team has been working exceptionally hard on responding to the RFP, with each partner playing a leading role both in proposal preparation on the ground in Canada and with testing and engineering efforts in Italy. Team Spartan is pleased to confirm its pursuit of the Project.
In addition to focusing on responding to the RFP Team Spartan will continue, throughout the bidding process, to build its Canadian team by identifying additional Canadian companies that add superior capability to its FWSAR offering and contribute to the advancement of the Canadian defence industry. In the coming months, you can look for Team Spartan at the Abbotsford Airshow in British Columbia, the DEFSEC show in Halifax and the AIAC Annual Summit in Ottawa. The Team encourages Canadian Industry looking to engage with them to visit the team at these events and/or to register (if they have not already done so) on the Team’s supplier registration page at: www.C-27J.ca.
Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi has successfully completed flight-testing following the addition of winglets to the C-27J battlefield airlifter configuration, representing one of a series of product developments underway on the only real military medium turboprop transport aircraft on the market today.
The winglets, which are extensions to the wingtips of the aircraft, improve the already exceptional flight performance of the C-27J by increasing the lift-drag ratio. The addition of winglets also expands the performance gap between the C-27J and its competitors.
In-service benefits of the modification include, improved hot and high runway performance, increased payload, and range and endurance, which results in an overall reduction in operating costs. These additions enhance the C-27J’s already strong capability when operating in a SAR capacity, because good range and long endurance is what saves lives.
The first flight of the “wingletted” aircraft took place with complete success at Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin-Caselle facility in Italy on June 15. The flight testing allowed Alenia to collect all the necessary data to verify the design objectives and provide the basis for a substantiated decision to incorporate winglets into the overall C-27J design, including the SAR configuration being offered to Canada for the FWSAR Aircraft Replacement Program.
C-27J Team Canada will be at the Abbotsford International Airshow, August 7-9, 2015. With a mix of legendary warbirds and the most updated contemporary fighters, including the USAF F-22 (recently confirmed among the participants), Team Spartan is pleased to be a part of Canada's largest airshow and exhibiting with our FWSAR partner, KF Aerospace.
“Team C-27J Spartan is looking forward to attending Abbotsford International Airshow later this month,” said Steve Lucas of Alenia Aermacchi. “We look forward to supporting Canada’s largest airshow as well as our FWSAR partner, KF Aerospace, who will be exhibiting at the show. KF Aerospace will provide the long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for Team Spartan on the FWSAR program”.
In the mid-1970s, Abbotsford was designated as Canada's National Airshow. It features both military and civilian aircraft from Canada and the United States, and on occasion military aircraft from other countries.
As part of Team Spartan, TRU Simulation + Training (TRU) will be responsible for the design and development of key FWSAR Training Support System elements including much of the courseware, the flight simulator training device, the cockpit procedures trainer and the aircraft maintenance trainer. TRU was selected by Team Spartan for their broad knowledge of both the civilian and military aviation, training and simulation industry with skills and knowledge covering training needs assessments, curriculum development, courseware, simulators and devices, instructor-led training, sustainment concurrency and training systems life-cycle support. They have a great deal of experience with delivering complex training devices for the United States Air Force, and have designed and built one of the first C-27J flight simulators for delivery to the Italian Air Force. Their aircraft maintenance training facility for the C-17 Globemaster located in Goose Creek, SC trains not only USAF personnel, but C-17 users from many other air forces including the RCAF. The TRU work on FWSAR will be managed out of their Montreal, QC facility.
In its 25-year history, TRU Simulation + Training’s founding companies have been involved as both a prime and subcontractor in the military market, producing simulators for military air transport and rotary wing platforms and specializing in prototype development, simulator conversions and upgrades. On the maintenance training side of the business, the company is best known for its work in maintenance training systems for platforms, such as the U.S. Air Force C-17, F-22 and F-35 aircraft; the company remains engaged in the ongoing support of these programs, as well as training systems for the B-1 B aircraft.
In its role on Team Spartan, ATCO Structures & Logistics will be responsible for the design, build, operation and maintenance of the new FWSAR Training Centre. They were selected by Team Spartan for their extensive experience with Canadian DND programs, and for their innovative and cost-effective approach to infrastructure design and build. ATCO provides infrastructure and facilities management solutions to customers with diverse needs in government, defence, emergency response, and extractives industries.
As leaders in the management and oversight of design, construction, operations and maintenance of projects across Canada, ATCO Structures & Logistics has developed both regional leadership and corporate presence to support each individual project no matter where it may be located. Supported by its parent, ATCO Group, ATCO Structures & Logistics delivers value to clients throughout all phases of its involvement.
The ATCO Group is a Canadian company operating globally with experience in more than 100 countries around the world. Publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange with its headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, ATCO is a $16 billion enterprise with more than 9,800 employees. ATCO Group is a diverse organization built upon nine principal operating subsidiaries spanning five continents. ATCO Group’s business units are engaged in Utilities, Energy, and Structures and Logistics.
Chief of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, welcomed the first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft to Australia at a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond on 30 June 2015.
The acquisition of the C-27J Spartan will fill a gap in Australia’s military capability for tactical fixed wing airlift, which has been vacant since the retirement of the Caribou fleet in 2009.
Air Marshal Brown said the acquisition of ten C-27J aircraft, which has been planned since 2012, represents a $1.4 billion investment in Australia’s airlift capability.
In Australia - and the same would be possible in Canada if the RCAF selects the Spartan for FWSAR - the aircraft complements the capabilities of the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster. In addition to its suitability to search and rescue in Canada, it will be able to carry medium-sized loads and access smaller runways that are not suited to other aircraft.
"The Spartan will give the Royal Australian Air Force the best possible tactical air mobility capability," said Brown. "But it will also become the real workhorse in humanitarian disaster and relief operations."
Initial Operational Capability for Austrailia’s C-27J fleet is planned for late 2016, with Final Operational Capability expected within the following two years.
The second of four Italian made C-27J Spartan aircrafts was formally delivered to the Peruvian Air Force (FAP for its Spanish acronym) last month in a ceremony witnessed by Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano and Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi.
According to the Cabinet’s chief, the addition of these new, state-of-the-art aircraft begins the country’s modernization efforts for the Armed Forces, and results not only in the improvement of FAP’s logistical capacity, but in the service it is able to provide to Peruvians.
The Minister also said the purchase opens the door to cooperation opportunities with Italy for the installation of maintenance workshops for the aircrafts servicing Peru and other Latin American countries.
The Defense Minister informed those in attendance that the third and fourth C-27J Spartan aircraft would be delivered in early and late 2016, respectively.
- 2015 Abbotsford Airshow, August 7-9
- DEFSEC, Halifax, September 8-10
- AIAC Aerospace Summit, Ottawa, November 17-18