TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Team Spartan will participate at ADSE, Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo, Abbotsford
- Team Spartan to Put Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Training Facility at Comox Air Base
- TRU Simulation & Training and Leonardo Aircraft celebrates 10 years of collaboration on C-27J Spartan simulation and training
- Leonardo Aircraft Division and Esterline CMC Electronics Announce Contract to SupplyAvionics Systems for C-27J Spartan
- The U.S. Coast Guard's start Search and Rescue missions with the C-27J Spartan
- US Army C-27J Spartan seen as a great asset for modular capability and expeditionary support for the Special Forces
- Leonardo Aircraft delivers the 6th Australian C-27J Spartan
- Team Spartan - a strong Canadian team
- The C-27J: the fastest, longer range and safest medium tactical transport on the market
- Team Spartan C-27J -- Background
It will be a busy summer for Team Spartan that will exhibit at ADSE (Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo) 2016, 11th and 12th August, Abbotsford, British Columbia to highlight the performance capabilities of the C-27J aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Fixed Wing Search And Rescue program.
Team Spartan, will be at Abbotsford with its partners KF Aerospace and DRS Technologies Canada, featuring its strong Canadian-led team as well as highlighting the significant economic impact that would be generated in Canada as a result of Team Spartan winning the FWSAR program.
ADSE, a world-class exposition dedicate to aviation and defence professionals only, will be an important venue to showcase the Team Spartan solution as the exhibition provides valuable networking opportunities for the continued growth and improvement of the aerospace, defence and security industries in Canada. In previous years, this prestigious event was attended by over 172 different companies and organizations as well as federal and provincial government representatives, including federal and BC provincial ministers.
As the FWSAR is a program designed to save lives, only uncompromising solutions matter: the FWSAR C-27J will be an effective, multi-mission asset able to replace two aging fleets of old generation aircraft, with a single fleet both more capable and less costly to operate. It is the best choice to meet Canada’s future FWSAR requirements thanks to :
- its capability to rapidly respond to emergency situations across the vast expanse of the Canadian SAR Area of Responsibility (AOR) in all weather conditions
- its state-of-the-art Mission Suite and Sensor Systems, designed to quickly locate people in distress
- its proven air delivery systems, able to deploy with maximum accuracy specialists, emergency equipment and supplies.
But the Spartan is also the safest aircraft in its class, with an unmatched record of zero aircraft lost in operation so far. Safe is a key word in a tough operational environment like Canada where the mix between meteo conditions, geography and distances make almost every mission a challenge in itself.
Team Spartan was on Vancouver Island in June to announce that it plans to build a dedicated training centre at 19 Wing in Comox, British Columbia, if it is awarded the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program by the Canadian government. The location is ideal for its proximity to other search and rescue military training facilities, as well as nearby mountain ranges and open water, required for the year round rigorous FWSAR training mission.
The training centre and support system will be designed, built and delivered by a team of Canadian-based companies led by Team Spartan partner DRS Technologies Canada, Ltd. It will be designed to house the training aids and full flight simulator for the proven C-27J Spartan aircraft. ATCO Frontec of Calgary, Alberta, will be the team member responsible for the design and construction of the new training center.
DRS has developed an integrated training solution which will combine top-tier training elements from established suppliers located across Canada. These include Bluedrop Training & Simulation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which will provide the sophisticated courseware; and TRU Simulation + Training based in Montreal, Quebec, that will design and deliver training devices including the full motion flight simulator.
TRU Simulation & Training and Leonardo Aircraft celebrates 10 years of collaboration on C-27J Spartan simulation and training
TRU Simulation & Training and Leonardo Aircraft are celebrating 10 years of close collaboration on C-27J Spartan simulation and training activities. This started in 2006 with the kickoff of the C-27J Full Flight Simulator program for the Italian Air Force (AMI). Leaonardo Aircraft and TRU worked closely together the design, develop and deliver the C-27J FFS to AMI. This highly successful collaboration continued with the delivery of a fixed base C-27J FTD (Flight Training Device) to the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) in Bucharest. TRU and Leonardo Aircraft continue to work together to provide maintenence and logistical support for these C-27J Simulators as well continue to work together and explore future C-27J Spartan simulation and training opportuinites around the globe, such as working closely together on Team Spartan for the Canadian FWSAR.
Leonardo Aircraft Division and Esterline CMC Electronics Announce Contract to Supply Avionics Systems for C-27J Spartan
Leonardo Aircraft Division and Canada-based Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) have strengthened their relationship as part of Team Spartan through the signature of a contract for the supply of high-performance avionics systems for the C-27J Spartan fleet.
Under the terms of the contract, Esterline CMC Electronics will supply its high-performance CMA-9000 Flight Management System, CMA-5024 GPS Landing System Sensor and TacView® Portable Mission Display to the C-27J Spartan fleet.
Michel Potvin, President, Esterline Avionics Systems, said, “It is a great honour for Esterline CMC Electronics to be awarded a contract by Leonardo Aircraft, a world-class Aircraft OEM. This is a gratifying endorsement of our core navigational systems expertise and pedigree.”
The latest generation CMA-9000 Flight Management will provide the C-27J aircraft with multi-sensory based navigation and enhanced operational capability. Its unique combination of civil certification with advanced tactical functions, radio management and Night Vision Goggle-capability make it the product of choice for military and commercial operations. The CMA-9000’s large navigation database capability offers flexible global operations and will allow the aircraft to make the most efficient use of the airspace as it is modernized over the next 20 years. The C-27J fleet will comply with the forecasted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for the Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system.
Only three months after the first C-27J unit was activated on the West Coast, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has brought one of the aircraft to this year’s Farnborough International Airshow 2016.
As part of an effort to increase medium-range surveillance capabilities, the USCG is putting in service a total of 14 C-27J Spartan (denominated HC-27J by the USCG).
“As a search and rescue platform it’s very good; with the range and speed it can stay on station for quite a while to meet our needs,” says USCG Cdr Pete Beavis at Farnborough. “Endurance is around 10h – which is more than my back can take.”
“This aircraft meets our mission needs for endurance, speed and efficiency,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Allen, the Coast Guard's C4ISR platform manager. According to Allen, Coast Guard pilots were easily able to shift from flying the C-130Js the service also flies thanks to the commonalities between the two aircraft”.
The first unit, with a stenght of 4 aircraft, was activated on 1 April in Sacramento, California, replacing the old C-130H still in service, and from the first flight on the very first day, a C-27J was called for a successful Search and Rescue mission. Since then the fleet of HC-27Js has been performing several roles including search and rescue, transportation and surveillance for law enforcement.
A second unit equipped with the HC-27J is also planned for the East Coast, in Clearwater, Florida, according to Cdr Pete Beavis, one of the pilots that flew the aircraft to the UK for FIA 16.
US Army C-27J Spartan seen as a great asset for modular capability and expeditionary support for the Special Forces
In the July 2016 issue of “Army Aviation Magazine”, an official US Army publication, Maj Nathaniel L. Swann, wrote an interesting article that shows the confidence the US Army Special Forces have with their 7 C-27J Spartan aircraft in service. In the article Swann propose to use the C-27J at its full potential, modifying the C-27J in MC-27J to exploit the “revolutionary opportunity” to use its “modular capability, an expeditionary support concept and a go anywhere, do everything mission set”.
The proposal is to equip the US Army C-27Js in a similar way as the proposed Canadian FWSAR configuration with “multi-spectrum cameras and antenna systems” to use the aircraft as an “ISR platform to support operators pre, during and post-infiltration actions”. The idea is to palletize the current Army Aviation Command and Control suite and install it in the C-27J cargo bay, “to allow for a mission command node to be projected as far forward as needed to support nearly any contingency operation”.
However, Swann writes that “the Army is tasked to operate across multiple domains. The MC-27J can do this”. He also envisages the C-27J equipped with skys “to support Arctic operations and to recover SOF operators and their equipment in any environment (high, hot, cold)”.
The sixth C-27J for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently left Leonardo Aircraft’s plant in Turin for delivery to the final check-out and completion center in US before the hand-over to the customer.
The RAAF, that ordered a total of 10 aircraft 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, is in the process of standing up its fleet of Leonardo Aircraft C-27J battlefield airilfters since taking delivery of its first aircraft in June 2015.
Within the RAAF 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.
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, Canadian lead 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.
Canada’s SAR area of responsibility is some 18,000,000 square kilometers. This vast area entails a wide range of geographic regions that include mountains, arctic, prairie, forest, coastal and ocean. Suffice to say, Canada needs the best, most rugged, high performing and safest aircraft available for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue role.
The C-27J has a track record in some of the most rugged environments in the world, including Peru, Afghanistan and Lithuania. The C-27J has now been selected by 14 customers around the world, including a few of Canada’s closest allies, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the United States Army Special Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
It has been said the C-27J is chosen above its competition because of its outstanding performance and strong capabilities. According to the US Department of Defense, the aircraft has a “superior military operational envelope" and "provides superior military utility" above other competitors in its class.
Purpose built as a military airlifter, the twin engine C-27J is equipped for completely autonomous deployment in extreme conditions like those found in Canada’s North.
With performance that allow operation on rugged, unpaved airstrips and with similar size, the C-27J looks to be the “natural” successor to the RCAF’s Buffalo - born, more than 40 years ago - to respond to the same requirement.
The Team Spartan C-27J is a modern, aircraft with excellent performance and a well established production line. The C-27J is a twin-engine, turboprop, tactical transport aircraft with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and systems. It will provide high performance, extreme operating flexibility and cost efficiency. With 82 aircraft sold to 13 air forces, the C-27J is currently in service with the Italian Air Force, the US Coast Guard, the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Royal Australian Air Force and the Peruvian Air Force amongst others.
The C-27J FWSAR (Fixed Wing Search & Recue) customised variant of the C-27J, is specifically designed to tackle the demanding search and rescue, and secondary role requirements (transport and training operational unit) dictated by the Canada’s FWSAR program.
The Team Spartan C-27J FWSAR is a truly Canadian solution for the FWSAR requirement that leverages the expertise of a world class team of Canadian industry partners. The team stands apart from the competition, not just due to the capabilities of its aircraft, the C-27J, but the quality of its Canadian team members, their products and the economic benefits it will bring to Canadian economy.