This CASR Background Index covers Air Force
aircraft and projects of interest. Comprehensive listings of current Air Force equipment are
Instead, the Background Air Force pages
will be created when they are germain to discussion/debate on a significant procurement plan or provide background to
major overseas deployments of aircraft or to relevant procurements already made.
Also Background pages on: Airlift for links to pages on the CC-177 and Airlift Capability Project -
Strategic and the CC-130J Hercules and ACP-Tactical project; Helicopters for pages on the CH-124 Sea King and CH-148 Cyclone; and UAVs for CF Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ( including UAV history, trial
programs, CU-161 Sperwer Tactical UAV, mini-UAV project, and JUSTAS MALE UAV project, etc.)
Note: with CH-147D Chinooks in service and the
procurement of CH-147F MHLH planned, all earlier pages on
Chinook alternatives and the Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter project have been removed. Likewise,
in the absense of CF-18 deploy- ment to Kandahar, pages on CF-18 close air support weapons have been
deleted. Pages comparing Army Aviation remain. See Aerospace for aircraft comparisons.
Note: Pages listed/linked below will be arranged by subject, not chronologically.
Background — DND / CF Project Articles
Electronic Warfare Training
Historical CF aerial EW training and CATS / ICATS, contractor- supplied alternatives
reaching success with an Interim CATS. The ICATS 'standing offer' contracts were won by Quebec-based Top Aces Inc.
Aircraft Upgrade Projects and Air Force Operations
Tactical Transport and Arctic Sovereignty
A little-known part of CF CC-115 Buffalo operations are their annual
supply runs to Arctic stations, filling a slot between small Twin Otters and larger
Buffalo Wings – New Engines for the
"Extending the life of the existing Buffalo ... fleet is an option under consideration",
DND announced on 16 Feb 2007. But, if new engines, what engines?
Aircraft Procurement Projects – On-Going
CP-140 Aurora Replacement Candidates
With the closing of the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project, thought must be
given to replacements. Direct replacements are limited to three new designs: the Boeing P-8A, the long-shot KHI (Kawasaki) P-X, and unbuilt EADS
MPA320 / MPA319.
Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue
FWSAR, the on-again/off-again project to replace six remaining CC-115 Buffalos
and remove SAR from the list of basic CC-130 Hercules duties. There are two candidates.
Snowbird Replacement Project
The on-again, off-again Snowbird Aircraft Replacement Project – or SARP is reviewed. Update on
the Swiss Hawk unsolicited proposal.
SARP (and Training Aircraft) Specs
A quick technical summary of aircraft mentioned in relation to SARP – the CT-114, CT-155, CT-156,
Aircraft Procurement Projects – Completed Projects
CF-18 MTT/Advanced Distributed Combat Training System
The Air Force' CF-18 Multi-Task Trainer (MTT) simulators and Part-Task Trainers (PTTs) make up the
CF-18 Advanced Distributed Combat Training System (ADCTS) which allows the networked training of CF-18 pilots
in separated locations.