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Saab gets 4th customer for Carl-Gustaf M4

Saab receives Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system contract

By Ryan Maass   |   Dec. 5, 2016 at 4:17 PM

TROLLHäTTAN, Sweden, Dec. 5 (UPI) — Saab has received a contract to provide its new Carl-Gustaf M4 multirole weapon system, marking its fourth customer for the system since its 2014 launch.

Saab did not disclose its customer’s identity, but did say the order covers an updated version of the weapon system. Enhancements include a lightweight design and a round counter. The weapon is also designed to be compatible with future installments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition.

“With the M4 version the customer will have a weapon with the latest technology and with improved ergonomics which will give them an increased tactical flexibility to deal with any situation on the battlefield,” Saab Dynamics business head Görgen Johansson said in a press release.

Saab began receiving orders for the weapon system in late 2014, with the first order coming from Slovakia. Two additional countries have also procured the device for evaluation and qualification.

The Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm recoilless rifle designed for anti-tank warfare. Users include the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Israel, the United States, and various others.

Original post upi.com

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Airbus wins Canada’s Rescue Plane $3 Billion order

Canada Set to Pick Airbus Over Leonardo for Rescue Planes

December 6, 2016 — 11:38 PM EST December 7, 2016 — 11:54 AM EST
  • Firms had earlier emerged as final frontrunners over Embraer
  • Order estimated by previous government at C$3.4 billion

Airbus Group SE has been selected by the Canadian government to replace its search-and-rescue planes, beating out Leonardo-Finmeccanica SpA in a deal valued by the previous government at C$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion), according to people familiar with the situation.

The deal to replace and maintain Canada’s 19 search-and-rescue planes is set to be announced Thursday, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details aren’t public. The selection of Airbus’s C295 was first reported by the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. The final value of the contract and number of planes isn’t yet clear.

Canada’s government later announced a press conference will be held Thursday at an air force base in Trenton, Ontario with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote. The ministers will “make an announcement on the project to replace” its rescue planes.

A spokesman for the Airbus-led bid referred questions Tuesday to government, while a spokesman for the Leonardo-led bid declined to comment.

Jordan Owens, a spokeswoman for Sajjan, and Annie Trepanier, a spokeswoman for Foote, wouldn’t confirm or deny that Airbus had been selected. “We look forward to giving our women and men in uniform the tools they need to continue to deliver effective search and rescue operations‎,” Owens said late Tuesday by e-mail.

Embraer SA also bid for the contract, but the race was said to have narrowed to Airbus’s C295 and the C-27J Spartan, produced by a Leonardo-led consortium, because Canada’s government didn’t amend its procurement process to accommodate Embraer’s production schedule. Embraer spokeswoman Alyssa Ten Eyck declined to comment Wednesday.

Airbus has teamed up with closely held Provincial Aerospace Ltd. of St. John’s, Newfoundland, as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada — the engine-making unit of United Technologies Corp. — and Montreal-based flight simulator maker CAE Inc.

The “Team Spartan” consortium includes Leonardo-Finmeccanica, General Dynamics Corp.’s Canadian division and other companies behind the Spartan.

Canada’s current fleet includes six CC-115 Buffalo aircraft, acquired in 1967, and 13 CC-130H Hercules, acquired between 1960 and 1997, according to a statement on the procurement department website. The planes will be phased out of service as new ones are delivered.

Original post bloomberg.com

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Canada’s proven, mature SAR platform at a glance

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The C295 was built as the optimum choice to meet the requirements of rapid deployment forces, and is perfectly tailored to even the most demanding maritime patrol and SAR missions.

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The C295 retains the basic characteristics of Airbus Defence and Space’s best-selling CN235, and has been further improved with more payload and range. Its Canadian-produced engines provide power and responsiveness to ensure excellent performance for takeoff, in manoeuvring and during low speeds and low-level flying for tactical penetration.

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The cargo cabin’s length has been increased by 3 meters, to 12.70 meters, providing the volume to carry up to 71 troops, five 88-inch x 108-inch standard pallets or up to 24 stretchers for medical evacuation. The maximum payload is in excess of 9 tons, and maximum cruise speed is 260 kts. (480 km/h).

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Dimensions
Overall Length: 80 ft 4 in.
Overall Height: 28 ft 5 in.
Wing Span: 84 ft 8 in.
Cabin Length: 41 ft 8 in.
Cabin Height: 6 ft 3 in.
Cabin Width: 8 ft 10 in.
Operating weights
MTOW: 51,150 lb.
MLW: 51,150 lb.
Max Payload: 20,400 lb.
Usable Fuel Capacity: 2,034 USg.

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Performance
Max Operating Speed(TAS): 260 kt.
Normal Operating Altitude: 25,000 ft.
Range @ 10,000lb Payload: 2,300 nm.
Ferry Range: 3,040 nm.
Take Off run (ISA, S/L): 2,200 ft.
Landing roll (ISA, S/L): 1,050 ft.

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Powerplant
Engines: 2x Pratt & Whitney Canada
PW127G 2,645 shp
Propellers: 2x Hamilton Sundstrand 568F-5

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Source c295.ca