Airbus qualifies as bidder for replacement of Canada Refueler – Air & Naval Defense

Ottawa, April 1, 2021 – Airbus has been qualified by the Government of Canada as a bidder for the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) project, an acquisition process launched to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Airbus A310MRTT (CC-150 Polaris).

The qualification invitation (ITQ), launched in early 2021, identified the aircraft A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) of Airbus as able to meet the requirements of the project, which now advances to the next phase of the bidding. A draft request for proposal (RFP) is expected in the third quarter of 2021.

The STTC program aims to replace the refueling fleet CC-150 Polaris by a multifunctional aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, including NATO and NORAD operations, ranging from air refueling to Canadian strategic transport and air medical evacuation.

Simon Jacques, president of Airbus Defense and Space Canada, said: “The A330 MRTT is the only new generation multifunctional tank aircraft proven in combat. It is certified to operate with most Western receivers, including current Canadian fighters, transport and mission aircraft. With more than 250,000 flight hours in service in 13 countries, including NATO’s main allies and Five Eyes partners, such as Australia and the United Kingdom. ”

Active in several Canadian provinces, Airbus has approximately 3,800 employees across the country and maintains more than 23,000 indirect jobs in the aeronautical sector. Airbus works with more than 665 suppliers in nine provinces, obtaining CAD $ 1.8 billion from Canadian companies.

All Airbus divisions are present in Canada with commercial aircraft in Mirabel, QC, helicopters in Fort Erie, ON and Defense and Space in Ottawa, ON. The 100% subsidiaries of Airbus, Stelia Aerospace and NAVBLUE also have facilities in the country. In addition, Air Pro, a joint venture between Airbus and PAL Aerospace, located in Ottawa, ON, provides in-service support for the FWSAR program in Canada (Airbus C295 aircraft for RCAF).


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