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Utility Transport Aircraft

Project Type

Project New


The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) must support the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) northern presence with an effective, relevant and enhanced utility airlift of resource to remote locations.


This project will provide a fleet of aircraft to conduct utility airlift operations, maintenance and training in Canada's north. Cargo space and loading will be such that safe loading and unloading can be performed by the crewmembers themselves without additional personnel or equipment. The aircraft must permit take-off and landing on semi-prepared or gravel-surfaced runway in an austere environment. The aircraft must also demonstrate the capability for autonomous operations while deployed throughout the Arctic region, including a self-start capability after lengthy exposure to extreme Arctic temperatures.

Funding Range

$250 million to $499 million

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Options Analysis Phase
In Progress
Start Definition
To be determined
Start Implementation
To be determined
Initial Delivery
To be determined
Final Delivery
To be determined

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

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