Kelowna Flightcraft has secured a contract for the maintenance of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft over the next two years.
Covering supply of full in-service support for the CC-115 Buffalo and CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft fleets, the $15m contract also features one optional one-year extension, which if exercised would increase the overall value to $24.9m.
Specifically the company will conduct third-level maintenance activities, including depot-level in-depth inspection and major repair of items, component repair and overhaul, technical investigations, modification designs, manufacture and assembly of prototypes, as well as engineering support.
Canadian associate defence minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay said the aircraft fleet are key to the RCAF and its ability to accomplish important missions, such as critical search-and-rescue operations.
”This contract demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring our men and women in uniform continue to have well-maintained equipment that is ready to support operations,” Findlay said.
The contract also forms part of several initiatives announced by the Canadian defence minister Peter MacKay to ensure availability of a robust search and rescue (SAR) system to the air force.
Flightcraft has been delivering full in-service support, including in-depth inspections and repair of items, component repair and overhaul, engineering, technical investigations, modifications and upgrades for the CC-115 Buffalo and CC-138 Twin Otter fleet since May 2009.
Manufactured by de Havilland Canada, the CC-115 Buffalo is primarily used for SAR duties, while the highly manoeuvrable and versatile CC-138 Twin Otter is operated in support of the rangers and cadets. It is also deployed for tactical transport missions in the country’s southern region and for exercises in the north.
Approximately six CC-115 Buffalo and four CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft are currently operational with RCAF.
Image: RCAF’s CC-115 Buffalo stationed at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Ahunt.