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Feb 23, 2017

 

The government’s decision to award a $2.8-billion contract to Airbus Defence & Space for 16 new C295W fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft (FWSAR) for the Royal Canadian Air Force is being challenged in Federal Court by Team Spartan, the group of companies which had offered the C-27J Spartan.

Calling the C295W “unfit” for key elements of the SAR mission, Team Spartan, led by Leonardo (formerly Alenia Aermacchi) disclosed in a February 23 statement that it had filed an application for judicial review on January 6, but supporting arguments and affidavits were only supplied to the court on February 21.

“Team Spartan’s main allegation is that the selected airplane is unfit to safely perform certain key Search and Rescue tasks and missions required by Canada and should have been, therefore, disqualified,” it said, asking the court to cancel the Airbus contract with Public Services & Procurement Canada.

The court action is the latest development in a 12-year scrap between the two companies over replacing the RCAF’s remaining six deHavilland CC-115 Buffalo turboprops, which are now 50 years old, as well as newer but aging H-model Lockheed Martin CC130 Hercules.

– Ken Pole

 

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Murray Brewster
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fixed-wing-plane-challenge-1.3994694

David Pugliese
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/rcaf-fixed-wing-sar-contract-awarded-to-airbus-now-being-challenged-in-federal-court

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