The C-27J aircraft is the right choice for Canada’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) mission and for the country’s current budget environment. It is unique among its competitors because it represents the only single-aircraft fleet solution that can completely meet the demands of the country’s incredibly large area of SAR responsibility.
The aircraft’s range, speed, and manoeuvrability are a match for Canada’s rugged terrain and unpredictable weather patterns. The C-27J is capable of reaching the most remote and austere locations in the country, including those in the far North and at sea, faster than competitors in its class. It can cover the search area quickly and stay on station for extended periods of time. The maritime search role also presents a challenge well-suited to the C-27J’s pedigree as a military airlifter. The low and slow search profile puts a great deal more stress on an aircraft than high altitude flight.
The C-27J is a very resilient airframe,. Its powerful turboprop engines provide sufficient excess power to maneuver safely at low altitude and in the event of an engine failure. Its redundant systems derived from its tactical airlifter heritage, including an auxiliary power unit, further enhance its ability to perform in this very difficult environment.
The C-27J is a perfect fit for Canada’s FWSAR needs.