Canadian Armed Forces Replaces Two 30-year-old Challenger Aircraft
“This purchase is another example of our government’s commitment to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the modern equipment they need to carry out the critical work we ask of them. This fleet is a crucial operational capability and ensuring its continuity is another important investment in our women and men in uniform.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
“While helping to fulfill the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) operational requirements, this purchase also demonstrates our commitment to Canada’s world-class aerospace industry. Having this ready, off-the-shelf option also offers long-term value to the RCAF and to Canada.”
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada
Delivery of the two new Challengers is expected during the summer of 2020 with an initial operational capability targeted for fall 2020.
The value of the contract for the two aircraft, initial training and spare parts is approximately $105 million (before taxes).
The Department of National Defence has been looking at options on how best to upgrade this fleet to preserve critical capabilities since 2018.
Consolidation of the Challenger fleet is part of Canada’s Defence Policy Strong, Secured, Engaged and has been part of the Defence Capabilities Blueprint since 2018. The cost for these capabilities, as outlined in SSE, was accounted and paid for under existing funds in the SSE fiscal framework
On average, about 80 percent of annual flying hours for the Challenger fleet are used in support of Utility Flight Services which contribute to CAF operations, training, and liaison functions
This fleet is also critical in facilitating the travel of the Governor General and the Prime Minister, as well as Parliamentarians from all parties due to security and safety considerations.
Earlier this year, the Challenger aircraft were used to safely transport Parliamentarians to Ottawa for emergency sittings of Parliament. The fleet is also used to transport members of the Royal family and other government and military officials when required.
The Challenger fleet is maintained by Transport Canada technicians and operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force out of the Ottawa International Airport.
Office of the Minister of National Defence
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