The first Airbus C295, purchased by the
Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Forceís (RCAF)
Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR)
programme, has rolled out of the paint shop in Seville, Spain
showing off its final livery.
The aircraft will now go through the final
preparation phase before delivery, planned to
take place in Spain before the end of the year.
The first Canadian C295, to be designated CC-295
by the RCAF, has been painted in the distinctive Search and Rescue colours.
aircraft adopts the yellow paint scheme following the tradition
defined in the 1970s for Search and Rescue aircraft, giving high
visibility for those in the air and on the ground.
The contract, awarded in December 2016, includes
16 C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support elements including,
training and engineering services, the construction of a new
Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and
The aircraft will be based where search
and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British
Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood,
Considerable progress has been made since the
FWSAR programme was announced two and a half years ago: the first
aircraft is due to be delivered in Spain in the coming months;
another six aircraft are either completing flight tests or in
various stages of final assembly; and seven simulators and
training devices are starting up preliminary acceptance tests.
The first RCAF crews started training in late summer 2019 at
Airbusí International Training Centre in Seville, Spain.