Fixed Wing Seach and Rescue (FWSAR) Aircraft Replacement Project – Update

The Town of Comox, home of 19 Wing, Canada’s only West Coast Air Force Base, has been officially designated as the location for the highly advanced training and simulation Centre as part of today’s awarding of the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement (FWSAR) Project contract to Airbus Defence & Space, with its C295 plane.

“This is very welcome news,” said Paul Ives, Mayor, Town of Comox, “The Town of Comox, and the other municipalities in the Comox Valley, are well aware of the importance of the Base and the considerable economic impacts this new Training Centre will bring.”

The announcement, valued at $4.7 billion when including the in service support, training and maintenance components, along with the design, construction and operation of the training and simulation Centre, will bring new long term technical employment to the Comox Valley.

Background

In 2014 Comox Valley Economic Development (CVEDS) launched a campaign to support the long term success of Comox Valley’s largest economic generator, 19 Wing Comox.

The initiative was created in response to the Federal Governments’ Request for Proposal for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Replacement Project. The companies that submitted bids were expected to recommend locations for future operations, training and maintenance as part of their proposals, and CVEDS & stakeholders recognized the importance of ensuring 19 Wing and the regions strong training attributes were understood amongst the bidders and decision makers. Confirmed bidders included: Team Spartan, Lockheed Martin & Cascade Aerospace, Airbus Group, Boeing & Bell Helicopter, Embraer.

A dedicated volunteer Technical Working Group, comprised of retired senior military officers and representatives from the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), developed a report that presents the Comox Valley and 19 Wing as the logical choice for the eventual location of a new FWSAR Training Centre.

Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement & 19 Wing References:

About Comox

About the Project and Potential Bidders

News

Technical Working Group
Bob Mortimer Major General (Retired)
Fred Bigelow Brigadier General (Retired)
Bill Neumann Brigadier General (Retired)
Jon Ambler Colonel (Retired)
Terry Chester Colonel (Retired)
Ted Gibbon Colonel (Retired)
Dave Mellin Honourary Colonel
Garry Reaume Colonel (Retired)
David Berry Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Joan Gordon Major (Retired)
Dhrur (Ab) Jagat Major (Retired)
Dan Brennan Captain (Retired)

 

Proponents:

 

spartanTeam Spartan: Leonardo, General Dynamics Canada, DRS Technologies Canada, KF Aerospace, Esterline CMC Electronics, and FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

Aircraft: C-27J Spartan

 

Aircraft: C130J Hercules

 

 

Aircraft: C295

 

v22-ospreyTeam: Boeing and Bell Helicopter.

Aircraft: V-22 Osprey

 

kc390Team: Embraer, Boeing, L3 and Rockwell Collins.

Aircraft: KC – 390

 

dhc5ngCompany: Viking Air.

Aircraft: DHC-5NG Buffalo

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