TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Team Spartan at CANSEC 2016
- GDMS- Canada & Leonardo Aircraft form Spartan Aviation Services
- C-27J FWSAR version: performance that meets and exceeds Canadian requirements
- Team Spartan - a strong Canadian team
- The U.S. Coast Guard's fifth C-27J Spartan in service
- Australian C-27J Spartan airlifter makes international airshow debut at Singapore Airshow 2016
Team Spartan will exhibit at CANSEC 2016, Canada's Global Defence & Security Trade Show. CANSEC will be held at the EY Centre in Ottawa on May 25th and 26th. Team Spartan will have a presence in both the DRS Technologies Canada exhibit (booth 1511) and the General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada exhibit (booth 1601). At CANSEC, Team Spartan will highlight the performance capabilities of the C-27J aircraft for FWSAR, its strong Canadian-led team as well as the economic impact that will be generated for Canada as a result of Team Spartan winning the FWSAR program.
Team Spartan members General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada and Leonardo Aircraft (formerly Finmeccanica Aircraft Division), recently announced the creation of a new joint venture – Spartan Aviation Services. Managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada, Spartan Aviation Services will be the Canadian In-Service Support (ISS) provider for the C-27J aircraft in Canada if selected as the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) next Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft.
Spartan Aviation Services will be responsible for the delivery of the entire ISS program and will be supported by a strong partner network in Canada including: KF Aerospace, DRS Canada, TRU Simulation + Training, Rolls Royce Canada, Standard Aero, CAE, Esterline CMC , L3 Wescam and ATCO.
"It is very important to keep this venture Canadian - controlled by a strong Canadian firm that will work in close partnership with the original equipment manufacturer,” said David Ibbetson, General Manager of General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada. "Spartan Aviation Services will deliver a highly capable and cost-effective solution for the Royal Canadian Air Force."
“Spartan Aviation Services will give Leonardo Aircraft a strong and long-term presence in Canada, not only for FWSAR, but also for other Canadian projects,” said Filippo Bagnato, Managing Director of Leonardo Aircraft Division. “Establishing Spartan Aviation Services with our partner General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada confirms Leonardo Aircraft’s commitment to long-term investment in Canada as well as ongoing cooperation with Canadian industry.”
The C-27J is the only aircraft in its class with the speed and range to respond to SAR incidents across Canada’s entire area of responsibility while operating from Canada’s existing base structure.
Other capabilities that make the C-27J the best choice for FWSAR include:
- Highly maneuverable, able to fly in the tight confines of western Canada mountain ranges.
- Exceptional short take-off and landing capability, including on unprepared airfields, which is highly important given the rugged environments frequently found across Canada’s search and rescue area.
- A higher and wider cabin (8’ high by nearly 11’ wide) provides more space for SAR Techs to operate and allows for the cabin area to be set-up in the ideal configuration for safe and efficient SAR operations.
- Qualified for operation in extreme temperature conditions, from -53°C to +50°C.
Team Spartan’s offering for the FWSAR program leverages Leonardo Aircraft’ international success with the C-27J, General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada’s proven system integration experience, and DRS Technologies Canada’s training expertise to present the most qualified Canadian team with the most capable solution to meet the RCAF’s requirements.
General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada‘s tactical data management system that will be installed on the C-27J is the backbone of the RCAF CP-140 Block III aircraft and has been receiving extraordinary praise in initial operations. This system is also at the core of the RCAF’s new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters. When these two fleets reach full operational capability, this home-grown Canadian technology will make these assets the most advanced and most capable maritime patrol aircraft in the world. No one in the world can missionize platforms for the RCAF better that General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada – a capability that Team Spartan will leverage for the C-27J FWSAR aircraft.
DRS Technologies Canada brings more than 50 years of experience to its role as training system integrator for Team Spartan. DRS will deliver a complete training suite, including infrastructure, devices and courseware. DRS will also be the training provider on the in-service support team – delivering all training for C-27J FWSAR aircraft operators and maintainers.
Leonardo Aircraft boasts more than 100 years of experience as a global leader in the design, development, production and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers, unmanned aerial vehicles and aero-structures. The company’s international success with current products, such as the M-346 and the C-27J tactical airlifter, has been well documented. In addition to bringing its leading-edge aerospace know-how and solutions to Canada, Leonardo Aircraft will also fully integrate its Canadian partners and suppliers into its global supply chain.
In addition to the partnership between Leonardo Aircraft, GDMS-C and DRS Technologies Canada, Team Spartan includes several other prominent Canadian partners such as KF Aerospace, Esterline CMC Electronics, IMP Aerospace, TRU Simulation+Training, L-3 Wescam, Standard Aero and Rolls Royce Canada.. These Canadian firms bring a broad range of experience and expertise to the team.
KF Aerospace will work with Team Spartan’s ISS integrator, Spartan Aviation Services, to provide long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) as well as engineering and supply chain support services for the C-27J FWSAR fleet across Canada. KF Aerospace provides strong capabilities in MRO – providing heavy maintenance, superior engineering services, engineering support, and supply chain management services to the team. In addition, KF Aerospace brings its hands-on experience as depot level maintenance provider for DND’s current FWSAR aircraft, the Buffalo (DHC-5) and Twin Otter (DHC-6). With locations in Kelowna, British Columbia and Hamilton, Ontario, KF Aerospace is 100 percent Canadian owned, and represents an example of Team Spartan’s commitment to bolstering Canadian industry.
IMP Aerospace is another strong Canadian supplier for Team Spartan. IMP will modify the baseline C-27J aircraft into the final FWSAR operational configuration and support Leonardo Aircraft during the aircraft delivery phase. IMP Aerospace's high-value activities will include installation of General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada mission system, installation of flare launchers, interior design modifications (including the addition of pallets, containers and additional seats), search radar radome design modification, and installation of the EO/IR turret and search radar. Expanding Team Spartan's Atlantic Canada presence, these key industrial modifications will be performed at IMP Aerospace's full-service engineering and maintenance operation located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Esterline CMC Electronics will supply the new Flight Management System to the entire C-27J fleet as well as the Electronic Flight Bag while L-3 Wescam will supply the EO/IR Turret to the C-27J Special Version configuration, including FWSAR.
The fifth C-27J Spartan for the US Coast Guard (very similar to the C-27J FWSAR version for Canada) has entered service and will be introduced into the US Coast Guard medium range surveillance aircraft fleet to conduct search and rescue missions, disaster response, and drug and migrant interdiction.
The US Coast Guard has plans to put 14 C-27J aircraft into service and use them to replace the fleet of the remaining Airbus Military C-235 (a version of the C-295) that are yet to be ordered. The US Coast Guard had originally planned to order 36 C-235s (named HC-144) but cut the order in half in favour of the more capable and superior performing C-27J Spartan.
A sixth C-27J is currently being prepared for delivery to Air Station Sacramento in California this summer as the station continues its transition from the HC-130H to the C-27J.
The C-27J Spartan, produced by Leonardo Aircraft, is capable of reaching a sustained cruise airspeed of 315 knots and has a range of 3,100 nautical miles. The Coast Guard C-27J is equipped with Minotaur mission systems, multi-mode radars and night vision goggle capabilities.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is in the process of standing up its fleet of Leonardo Aircraft C-27J Spartan transport aircraft since taking delivery of its first aircraft in June 2015.
Squadron Leader Simon Ozanne, a C-27J pilot and detachment commander of the RAAF contingent at the event, said the C-27J fills the gap in the air mobility spectrum between the Australian Army's Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters and the air force's Lockheed Martin C-130Js.
According to Sqn Ldr Ozanne, 35 Squadron is now working towards Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the C-27J, which is expected in late 2016. The squadron is currently conducting "raise, train, and sustain" activities, qualifying aircrew on the platform and conducting various static and flying Operational Test and Evaluation activities to explore the capabilities of the aircraft with a view to integrating it into the Australian Defence Force.
The RAAF acquired ten C-27Js in 2010 under Project AIR 8000 Phase 2 to replace the de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (an early variant of the DHC-5 Buffalo), which was retired by the service in 2009.