TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Team Spartan highlighted its capabilities at DEFSEC, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Team Spartan a Potential Economic Boost in Atlantic Canada for Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program
- The C-27J Spartan proven in Search And Rescue missions
- Team Spartan C-27J
Team Spartan, which is offering a fully missionized C-27J aircraft as part of Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) competition, highlighted the aircraft’s capabilities and its strong Canadian industrial Team at Defense and Security Exposition (DEFSEC), held between 6-9 September at Halifax’s Cunard Center.
The Team Spartan exhibit at DEFSEC 2016 demonstrated the unique capabilities of the aircraft and the size and scope of the team’s industrial partners that will create high-tech and manufacturing jobs across Canada – including significant programs in and around Halifax -- if the C-27J is chosen to be the next FWSAR platform for Canada.
Nova Scotia-represented companies that are part of Team Spartan include: IMP Aerospace (which will be responsible for the integration of the GDMS-C made mission systems into the C-27Js); Bluedrop Training & Simulation (which will design/build the software-based training courseware with Subject Matter Experts in each of the relevant training areas: Pilots, Flight Crews and Maintenance Crews) and General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. All three companies expect to bring long-term, high-tech jobs to the region with a program win.
Team Spartan highlighted the potential economic and job benefits the program could bring to the Halifax region during a reception held last 6th September at the IMP Aerospace facilities. IMP Aerospace plans to perform at Halifax’s plant much of the initial mission systems integration work planned for the missionization of the C-27J Spartan if the aircraft is chosen as the future Canadian FWSAR.
Dignitaries, included the Deputy Minister for Business for Nova Scotia and the Chief Operating Officer from Nova Scotia Business Inc. attended the event.
Halifax community representatives and federal officials came together to hear how Team Spartan intends to bring high-tech jobs and a positive economic impact to the local economy if the C-27J is chosen as Canada’s next FWSAR platform.
“The Team Spartan proposal is an exciting opportunity to create jobs, increase our advanced technology and manufacturing capability and grow the economy. Nova Scotia has the experience and capability to deliver state-of-the-art equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces, and we would be proud to play a role in keeping Canadians safe by participating this important project.” said Nova Scotia Deputy Minister of Business Murray Coolican.
“Team Spartan is proud of its pan-Canadian industrial partners and what potential high-tech capabilities it could bring to communities here in Nova Scotia,” said Steve Lucas, spokesman for Team Spartan. “Not only could the advanced technology capabilities be substantial for the region, but the Team Spartan sustainment efforts for the program will be supported by strong Canadian industrial capabilities around the country,” Lucas said.
The Halifax-regional team will play a significant role in transforming the C-27J into a fully capable FWSAR platform. IMP Aerospace, with its operations at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, will lead the integration of the high-tech search and rescue equipment into the aircraft, including the main mission system that was developed by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. Bluedrop Training & Simulation will develop the courseware for the training element of the C-27J FWSAR program.
The C-27J Spartan is worldwide considered as the benchmark in the new-generation, medium multi-mission airlifter category. The C-27J is a twin-engine, turboprop, tactical transport aircraft with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and systems. It provides high performance, extreme operating flexibility and cost efficiency and it is the only aircraft in its class capable of interoperability with heavier airlifters.
The C-27J can perform a variety of missions including transport of troops, goods and medicines, logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC, airdrop operations, paratroopers’ launches, ISR/ISTAR, Tactical Support, Search And Rescue (SAR), fire fighting, humanitarian assistance, oil spill relief, and operations in support of homeland security.
The C-27J is equipped with modern avionics and efficient propulsion system (Rolls Royce AE2100-D2A, assuring a 4,650 SHP). The architecture of its avionics system is completely redundant, thus increasing the level of mission security and reliability and permitting operation in any environment condition and in any operational scenario.
The C-27J, thanks to a loading system, perfectly compatible with that of the C-130, can carry pallets weighing up to 4,550 kg and 2.20 metre tall, or platforms with a length of 12 ft, weighing up 6,000 kg.
The C-27J is capable of taking off from and landing on unprepared strips less-than-500 m. long, with maximum take-off weight up to31,800 kg; it may carry up to 60 equipped soldiers or up to 46 paratroopers and, in the air ambulance (MEDEVAC) version, 36 stretchers or 24 stretchers and two Patient Transport Support System (P.T.S.S), with stretchers and stowage provisions for intensive care medical equipment and six medical assistants.
The large cross section (2.60 metre high, 3.33 metre wide) and high floor strength (4,900 kg/m load capability) allow heavy and large military or SAR equipment and mission systems to be loaded.
The C-27J has been designed, developed and tested as a true military aircraft. It has obtained Military Qualification Certificate. At the same time the C-27J is airworthy to civil standards, as witnessed by its certification from the Civil Aviation Authority, EASA in 2001 for the basic configuration and subsequently EASA / FAA in 2010 for the C-27J JCA configuration.
The C-27J has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco, the US, Mexico, Australia, Chad, Peru, Slovak Republic and an undisclosed African customer. In total, 82 airplanes have been ordered. In the USA the aircraft is in service with the US Army and with the US Coast Guard. Guard’s aircraft based in Sacramento, California, started last summer to fly SAR mission to support rescue operations on sea.
Team Spartan, offering the C-27J for the Canadian Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program, is led by Leonardo Aircraft Division, General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada, and DRS Technologies Canada, Ltd. The team has assembled talented pan-Canadian partners that will transform the world class tactical airlifter into an exceptional, high-tech search and rescue platform for the Canadian people. The Spartan team is made up of global leaders in design, integration and life cycle support for special mission aircraft.
Team Spartan is strongly committed to the long-term success of Canada’s world-class aerospace industry and determined to providing the Royal Canadian Air Force with the most capable and best value solution for the fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft replacement program.
Supporting jobs in Canada is a high priority for Team Spartan. The group has a created a Canadian-based joint venture called Spartan Aviation Services that will manage the integrated logistics support for the fleet of new FWSAR platforms and become the long-term in-service support arm for the C-27J should the aircraft be selected as Canada’s next fixed-wing search and rescue fleet. The company will be based in Ottawa, Ontario, and will support activities across Canada from MRO to training support with the support of a strong Canadian partner network.
Team Spartan has built that team of partners with emphasis on a well-balanced regional distribution of labor across the country, strengthening the Canadian economy and supporting sustainable Canadian jobs. The team’s industrial partners include IMP Aerospace & Defence; KF Aerospace; Esterline CMC Electronics; Rolls Royce Canada; Standard Aero; Bluedrop Training & Simulation; L3 WESCAM; TRU Simulation + Training; ATCO Structures and Logistics and CAE, among others.
The ultimate goal of Team Spartan and its C-27J, is to provide Canada with the best value mission solution available for search and rescue. It meets the demands of the country’s incredibly large area of SAR responsibility with a single aircraft fleet. It provides the most suitable and mission-capable aircraft for this critical role in Canada. Highly maneuverable in the difficult mountainous regions and impressively fast to reach the most remote areas, the C-27J is the right-sized and most capable aircraft available for this mission.