PAL Aerospace has won a contract with the federal government connected with the Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement Program. PAL partnered with Airbus Defence and Space to provide support services such as maintenance on the new search and rescue aircraft. The aging Hercules and Buffalo aircraft will be replaced by a fleet of Airbus C295 sensor-equipped aircraft.
Brian Chafe, chief executive officer of the PAL Group, says the work will include repairs, maintenance and modifications. He says the C295 is the market leader in its class with more than 165 aircraft sold worldwide. Its capabilities include search and rescue, maritime patrol, air-to-air refuelling, firefighting and troop transport.
More information on the contract will be released over the next while.