DAG 2015 – Aerospace Systems Services

Snowbird Aircraft Replacement Project

Replace Existing Systems


To satisfy the operational requirement to provide the mandated Government of Canada aerobatic air demonstration capability to Canadian and North American audiences.


This project will continue the proud tradition of Canada’s Snowbirds as an air display capability and a key recruitment tool for the Canadian Armed Forces. Snowbird Aircraft Replacement Project (SARP) is linked to the CT-114 Life Extension Beyond 2020 project and may also be linked to the solution for Future Pilot Training, which is due to replace NATO Flying Training in Canada in the 2020 period. The chosen platform must be configurable to the 431 (AD) Squadron standard, including a smoke system, luggage capability and a unique paint scheme. The platform must also be interchangeable with the training fleet to ensure the hard demands of show performances can be distributed throughout the aircraft fleet.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016
    • Options Analysis
  • 2018
    • Definition Approval
  • 2019
    • Request for Proposal Release
  • 2022
    • Implementation Approval
    • Contract Award
  • 2026 to 2035
    • Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Executive Director - Fighter Capability (EDFC)
Phone: 613-995-5673

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