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Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) Project

The Canada First Defence Strategy commits Canada to replace its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue fleet. The provision of a new capability directly contributes to saving Canadian lives and is a vital component of the search and rescue (SAR) system. The new capability will replace the aging CC-115 Buffalo and CC-130 legacy Hercules aircraft.

The FWSAR project team proactively discloses information and progress associated with the FWSAR project. The integrity of the FWSAR solicitation process is a priority of the Government of Canada, and this solicitation shall be, and perceived to be, fair, open and transparent.

Industry engagement is performed under the authority of the FWSAR Secretariat. Industry participation is subject to the FWSAR Industry Engagement Rules.

What's New?

In anticipation of the publication of the FWSAR Request for Proposals (RFP), the FWSAR Secretariat has released the final report of an Independent Third Party Audit of the FWSAR project definition method and process. This mandate of this audit was to investigate and provide an independent opinion to confirm that the project definition process was unbiased, did not inadvertently favour one bidder over another, and was consistent with the objective of promoting a best value procurement approach.

Contact Person for the FWSAR Project

Bruno Potvin
Telephone: 819-997-9026

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