Strategic Tanker Transport Capability project

Project summary

The Government of Canada is acquiring a new fleet of aircraft to replace the CC-150 Polaris. Known as the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC), this new fleet will conduct multiple tasks, such as in-flight refuelling of other aircraft, military personnel and cargo airlift, medical evacuations, and strategic transport of Government of Canada officials.

This new aircraft will improve the flexibility, responsiveness, interoperability with allied nations, communications security, and self-protection of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet.

The project will acquire an in-service support solution for the aircraft, as well as infrastructure to house and maintain the fleet at the main operating base. Additionally, the project will provide a training and simulation capability to prepare and maintain crew readiness.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 3: Definition
1. Identification

1. Identification

  • N/A
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • The Strategic Tanker Transport Capability Project entered the options analysis phase on March 21, 2018.
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • Invitation to Qualify: February 2021
  • Publication of qualified supplier list: April 2021
  • Virtual Industry Engagement event: 15 June 2021
  • Request for Proposal: May 13, 2022
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Implementation Phase: 2022/2023
  • Initial Operational Capability: 2028/2029
  • Final Operational Capability: 2030/2031
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • Project Closeout: 2030/2031

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Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

June 13, 2022
The Government of Canada awarded a competitive contract, valued at $102M USD (taxes excluded) to International AirFinance Corporation, for the procurement and preparation of two used Airbus A330-200.

June 15, 2021
The Government of Canada hosted a virtual Industry Engagement event.

April 1, 2021
Following evaluation of the responses received to the Invitation to Qualify (ITQ), the Government of Canada published the name of the qualified supplier that demonstrated its ability to meet the requirements listed in the ITQ. The company is Airbus Defence and Space SA.

February 12, 2021
The Government of Canada published a final Invitation to Qualify on Buy and Sell for suppliers to qualify for the upcoming procurement process.

December 17, 2020
The Government of Canada published a draft Invitation to Qualify on Buy and Sell to solicit industry feedback.


Benefiting Canadian Industry

Industrial and regional benefits:

The Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, including the value proposition, will apply to this procurement and will provide opportunities for Canada’s aerospace and defence sectors. The ITB Policy requires the successful bidder to make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract.

The Aboriginal Participation Component (APC) is a mechanism designed to facilitate the Government of Canada’s commitments of advancing aboriginal socio-economic development through federal contracting opportunities, and introduced to suppliers through industry engagement opportunities. The APC is a portion of the value of a contract that is set-aside for aboriginal participation, which can be direct or indirect (or both).

Canada will continue to engage with stakeholders on advancing industrial and technological benefits for companies in Canada, and promoting innovation, ensuring best value and supporting Canada’s defence priorities. Industry engagement thus far has included:

  • Canada initiated industry engagement through the release of an Invitation to Qualify in winter 2021.
  • Canada hosted a virtual industry engagement event in June 2021.
Technical information

Technical information


Project costs

Project costs

  • The project cost is currently valued between $1 billion – $4.99 billion. Project costs will be refined based on industry feedback as the project advances.


COVID-19 has had an impact on all procurement projects in some form. Challenges may impact the project schedule or cost to varying degrees. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will update the project page should any information change. In collaboration with our industry partners, we are continuing to work on mitigation measures where possible, while keeping our respective workforces safe.

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