Airbus Press Release
In December 2016, Airbus Defence and Space successfully demonstrated refuelling contacts between a C295 transport aircraft and a H225M Caracal helicopter. In the trial, performed jointly with Airbus Helicopters from Marignane, France in December, contacts were executed at speeds of 105-115kt and both crews reported smooth and simple operation.
This followed a recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W medium transports, proving capability for support to both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
The refuelling system is now being offered to existing and prospective C295 operators. Possible applications include special operations and extending the range of search and rescue aircraft.
Video of the trials can be downloaded at:
The Government of Canada has announced it is purchasing 16 C295W aircraft equipped with advanced technology systems to support Canada’s search and rescue operations. The aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located, in Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
These aircraft will replace Canada’s current fleet of CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130H Hercules, which have served Canada well over the last 20 to 40 years. They perform over 350 missions annually and are responsible for saving the lives of thousands of Canadians every year.