The Canadian FWSAR Program and Its Diverse Surface-Search Radar Candidates

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Alenia Aermacchi's C-27J Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Contender

Alenia Aermacchi’s C-27J Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Contender

Although the Canadian Forces’ efforts to replace their aging Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft were formalized in 2004, advancements were stymied repeatedly. On March 31, this changed when Canada released a new Request for Proposals (RFP); the due date is September 2015. The all-new aircraft will feature a new electronics suite with new radars and new electro-optics, making for a lucrative prospect for airborne electronics manufacturers.
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