(St. John’s, NL: October 28, 2014)At the Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety conference, Airbus Defence and Space and Provincial Aerospace announced a “teaming agreement” to pursue a lucrative contract to replace  Canada’s fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft with Airbus’s C295 turboprop aircraft. This agreement follows from a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year by the two companies.

“Provincial Aerospace brings 35 years of proven in-service support capability and world-class expertise as an integrator of advanced technology systems,” said Mr. Segisfredo Domingo, VP Services Sales, Airbus Defence and Space. “Expertise such as this is what makes the C295 the world leader in military search and rescue, maritime patrol and medium transport with over 140 aircraft sold in 19 countries.”

Through this agreement, Provincial Aerospace will be the main Canadian in-service support (ISS) partner for the C295 team. They are planning to replace Canada’s CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 Hercules aircraft for Canadian SAR duties. If selected by the government of Canada, the partners estimnate that it will create more than 110 jobs while attracting significant investment in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador during the two-decade contract.

Keith Stoodley is the senior vice-president, Business Development and Government Relations, for Provincial Aerospace.”We are delighted to formalize our work with Airbus Defence and Space on such an important project for Canada,” he said.  “[Provincial Aerospace is in the business of providing solutions to customers. Together, [with Airbus] we will propose a proven, reliable SAR aircraft and mission system combination that is already in operation around the world,” he said, adding that, “Provincial Aerospace has the experience and innovative spirit to ensure the fleet of C295 SAR aircraft will reliably and affordably protect Canadians for decades to come.”

Provincial Aerospace joins a well known group of Canadian C295 FWSAR partners, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, which provides the aircraft engines; CAE, which manufactures the simulators and training equipment and software; Vector Aerospace which provides engine maintenance and overhauls; and L-3 WESCAM, which produces each aircraft’s electro/optical sensors. The Airbus Group already has a major interest in Canada, with more than 1,800 employeesand revenues of $0.5 billion a year.

“Canadians deserve the best FWSAR solution available,” concluded Airbus’s Domingo. “The C295 is the world leader in its class for a reason. With our Canadian partners, we look forward to continuing this record of success in Canada.”

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About Provincial Aerospace
Provincial Aerospace is a fully integrated, international aerospace and defence company with a focus on mission systems design and integration, aircraft modifications, surveillance operations, logistics and in-service support. Having flown maritime surveillance aircraft for over 35 years for government, military and industry clientele, Provincial Aerospace has evolved into a world leader in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), and search and rescue (SAR) operations and in-service support.  Backed by over 175,000 hours of airborne special mission operations, Provincial Aerospace offers our customers an unparalleled degree of experience and flexibility.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.


SOURCE Airbus Defence and Space
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