Canadian SAR Aircraft, C-27J a Leading Contender

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442 Transport and Rescue Squadron De Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo (CC-115)

Canada’s military seems to be having a lot of trouble with their procurement, new naval helicopter, new patrol vessels, and new SAR aircraft All have taken much longer than expected.

DefenseIndustryDaily reviews the status of their program to replace their existing SAR aircraft which are now overworked DHC-5 (CC-115) Buffalo on the West Coast and CC-130E/H Hercules on the East Coast, in the works since 2008.

According to the report, the C-27 appears to be the most likely choice, other contenders include the HC-144’s big brother the EADS-CASA C295, the C-130J, the Bombardier DASH-8, the DHC-5NG Buffalo being resurrected by Viking Air Ltd., and the Bell V-22.

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