MIL-OSI Translation: Statement from the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force regarding the Multi-Engine Utility Aircraft Squadron contract

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French 2

February 29, 2024 — Ottawa, Ontario — National Defense / Canadian Armed Forces

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is undertaking one of its most significant modernization efforts since the end of the Second World War. In just over a year, the Government of Canada announced the acquisition of 88 F-35 jet fighters, 16 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, 11 MQ- 9 and 9 CC-330 Husky multirole air refueling and transport aircraft. These are historic additions to the RCAF fleet, which will significantly enhance Canada’s military capabilities.

As we undertake this historic recapitalization of the ARC, we must focus our investments on cutting-edge technologies so we can meet the challenges of the future. As part of our efforts to target investments, prioritize efforts to rebuild the Canadian Armed Forces and support the federal government’s ongoing efforts to reduce its budget deficit, the Royal Canadian Air Force will not exercise its two one-year renewal options under the Multi-Engine Utility Aircraft Squadron (Ele AUM) contract with Air Tindi, currently operating out of 8 Wing Trenton. By not exercising the RCAF’s two one-year lease options, DND/CAF will save approximately $3.6 million per option year (approximately $7.2 million total).

Ele AUM currently rents two King Air BE350 aircraft. The Ele AUM does not directly offer the capability to execute its operations as other higher priority combat-ready platforms do, and the decision not to exercise the option years of the Ele AUM contract n will have no impact on operational roles within the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The two Ele AUM aircraft provide continuing training for newly licensed multi-engine pilots, and provide the FAC with limited personnel transport and utility capabilities. In the future, RCAF pilots will be able to maintain or improve their skill level using advanced training technologies, including flying more modern aircraft.

Beginning March 31, 2024, the functions performed by the Ele AUM will be assumed by the RCAF’s growing fleet of other aircraft models, including the CC-130J Hercules, CC-150 Polaris, CC-330 Husky and the CC-144 Challenger.

The RCAF will continue to optimize its operational readiness in order to provide rapid assistance to the Canadian population, our allies and our partners.

Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny CMM, CSM, MSM, CDCommander of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Quick facts

Of the 150 force employment missions that AUM aircraft typically perform over the course of a year, more than a third of them involve transporting personnel, including senior officers. By outsourcing these tasks to other RCAF aircraft or commercial flights, the Department of National Defense is redirecting its spending towards key priorities that provide added value to Canadians. The Government of Canada is making historic investments to modernize the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft fleet. Since 2022 alone, the Government of Canada has finalized the acquisition or upgrade of approximately 140 new aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force, including: o 88 new F-35 jet fighters; o 9 new CC-330 Husky strategic refueling and transport aircraft; o up to 16 new P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft; o 16 new or upgraded Cormorant helicopters (the project will modernize our fleet to provide Canada with the most advanced version of the helicopter); o 11 remotely piloted aircraft.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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