Team Spartan using delay to refine its FWSAR proposal
from Skies Magazine
Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) capability is a mixed bag of 1960s-vintage deHavilland CC-115 Buffalo and mid-1990s Lockheed Martin CC-130H Hercules aircraft. Steve Lucas, a retired Royal Canadian Air Force officer, is unequivocally confident that an Italian-designed twin-engine turboprop, the Alenia C-27J Spartan, can replace both fleets admirably. "We have the best airplane for the job," said Lucas, a navigator who capped his RCAF career as Chief of the Air Stafffrom 2005 until he retired in 2007, and who now is Canadian spokesperson for Team Spartan.
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