PRESS RELEASE AIRBUS MILITARY
YELLOWKNIFE, NW, October 10, 2012 - In the presence of the Honourable Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories and Brian Semkowski, CEO of Discovery Air, Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, DGA Airbus Military announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly offer a solution to the Canadian aircraft fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR). Under the MOU and as main Canadian partner of Airbus Military (AM), Discovery Air will service support program.
Brian Semkowski, CEO of Discovery Air stated: "We are delighted to offer this solution, together with Airbus Military, the Canadian Forces. We are very excited about the C295 camera, a proven and reliable platform that RES has been sold around the world with more than 110,000 flight hours to his credit.With proven research capabilities and cutting edge, it offers a low-risk solution and inexpensive, with significant Canadian content. "He added:" We believe that Discovery Air is ideally placed to provide 20 years of support that will be required for this program. '
Barberan Antonio said: "We are extremely pleased with this agreement. Discovery Air is the perfect partner for Airbus Military and the Canadian solution ideal for FWSAR program. The C295 is a platform that has proven itself as a world leader in terms of maritime patrol, search and rescue missions related to military aircraft twin.
"The C295 ASAR is a robust and reliable that does not have the risks of unproven technologies and Airbus Military, part of Airbus, has solid fundamentals and the reputation of Airbus. In addition, the cost of its life cycle is the lowest in its class when compared to its competitors, it can save up to Canada only a billion dollars in fuel costs over the life of his cell. '
The device C295 is a proven and reliable platform RES 114 prototypes which have been sold in 17 countries. With proven research capabilities and cutting edge, it offers a low-risk solution and inexpensive, with significant Canadian content. "Including Discovery Air, regular partners are Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE, L-3 Wescam and Vector Aerospace. Airbus Military is the leader in the global market res military, maritime patrol and related missions.
The search system of the device has been fully integrated early and offer unparalleled levels of integration between the crew and the equipment. RFP for FWSAR Canada has not been released, but it is expected that the C295 is consistent at all levels.
Brian Semkowski also stated: "We believe that the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) may increase the level of service to Canadians by reducing the response time in a region of Canada which is expanding in terms of activity and importance. Basing the unit in the north and designating it as resource for RES, we believe that Canada is well positioned to respond to incidents in the north. '