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C295 for Canada

C295 for Canada

Benefitting the “Great White North” from coast to coast



anada’s dedicated search and rescue (SAR) crews regularly put their lives on the line, relying on aircraft to overcome the significant challenges presented by dangerous weather and terrain.

The requirements for Canadian SAR aircraft have been well-documented – from demanding mountain contour search, Arctic and North Atlantic storms, to extreme temperatures, icing and precipitation. Airbus’ C295, which has been selected for the country’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program, is perfectly suited to these duties.

Building Canada’s first C295

Wing assembly


Get an inside look at the C295 final assembly line in Spain, where production is underway for Canada’s first C295W search and rescue (SAR) aircraft – which was selected for the country’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. In this video, the C295W gets its wings! Read less Read more

Equipped for the mission

The C295’s 41-ft.-long cabin is the largest in its class, providing ample space for both sensors and mission systems, as well as crew rest and preparation areas. The aircraft’s key capabilities include:


 Search Radar

  • Multi-mode radar for detection, localisation, classification, and tracking of targets over water and land – all weather, day or night
  • Maximum range of 200 nm, tracking 100+ surface targets while scanning
  • Detects:

     - Ocean-going fishing vessels or merchant ships between 80-200 nm
     - Small craft or inflatable boats up to 35 nm
     - SAR mode provides the capability of distinguishing and recognising ground contacts


Electro-Optical/Infrared sensors

  • Stabilized, high magnification imaging sensors greatly extend detection, recognition, and identification range
  • Multi-spectral imaging (daylight, low light, and thermal) enables search operations under sub-optimal conditions, such as overcast, dusk, and even complete darkness
  • Target geo-location eases handoff to ground personnel
  • EO/IR sensors lend themselves to search automation
  • Search operations are more efficient and economical, with better outcomes”


Automatic Identification System (AIS)

  • Capability to identify and locate ships, aircraft, land bases and navigational aids equipped with AIS transponders
  •  Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS)
  • Ship data provided: position, dimensions, destination, ship name, MMSI and call sign
  • TX/RX text messages capability




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