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The first C-295 aircraft of the RCAF’s new fixed wing search and rescue fleet is expected sometime in the spring.
Aircraft will roll off the Airbus production line at an average rate of five per year through 2020/2021, with the sixteenth plane expected to roll-off the assembly line in mid-2022. The final aircraft delivery to Canada is expected in the fall of 2022.
But the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence still hasn’t figured out its disposal plan for the CC-115 Buffalo aircraft. So it is unknown at this point how many of the aircraft will be earmarked for museums or other venues.
“The CC-115 Buffalo is to be retired from service in a phased approach as the new CC-295W fleet is integrated and becomes operational,” the DND noted in an email, without providing details on when the aircraft retirements will start.
“The disposal plan for the CC-115 Buffalo fleet is currently being developed in close collaboration between the Royal Canadian Air Force and Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel),” it added. “As with all major equipment, we are developing a disposal plan that supports operations and returns the best value for the Crown, including consideration of heritage and public interest.”
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