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OTTAWA, Canada — Embraer is set to shake up the competition to provide Canada with search-and-rescue aircraft as the Brazilian firm seeks export orders for its new KC-390.
The CAN $3.1 billion (US $2.3 billion) search-and-rescue aircraft procurement has long been seen as a competition between Airbus’ C-295 and Alenia’s C-27J. But Embraer officials told Defense News the company will submit its bid in January when Canada requests formal proposals from aerospace firms.
Bids for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program are to be submitted Jan. 11.
The KC-390 conducted its first flight in February 2015 but the aircraft is not expected to enter into service until early 2018.