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Will the Arctic Search and Rescue capability be reduced?

By Pierre Leblanc      

While many welcomed the Dec. 8, 2016, announcement of the selection of the Airbus C295 as the replacement Search and Rescue (SAR) fixed-wing aircraft to replace the fleet of Buffalo and C-130 Hercules aircraft tasked with SAR, other may not be so welcoming.

A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter hoists a Search and Rescue Technician during the National Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX 2016) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on Sept. 21, 2016.Photograph courtesy of MCpl Pat Blanchard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

OTTAWA—While many welcomed the Dec. 8, 2016, announcement of the selection of the Airbus C295 as the replacement Search and Rescue (SAR) fixed-wing aircraft to replace the fleet of Buffalo and C-130 Hercules aircraft tasked with SAR, others may not be so welcoming. The C295 SAR aircraft will be deployed in only four locations in Canada: Comox, B.C.; Winnipeg, Man.; Trenton, Ont.; and Greenwood, N.S. This is so, despite repeated recommendations to deploy SAR air assets North to

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