DAG 2016 – Aerospace Systems Services

Utility Transport Aircraft

Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


To acquire a replacement for the CC-138 Twin Otter.


This project will provide a small fleet of aircraft to conduct utility airlift operations, maintenance and training. It will ensure sufficient range to transit on an IFR flight with a standard Ranger load from Yellowknife to Iqaluit (and return) within a crew duty day. 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 (including Arctic) . 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.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2018 Options Analysis
  • 2020 Definition Approval
  • 2021 Implementation Approval
  • 2021 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2022 Contract Award
  • 2026 to 2036 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director Air Requirements
Phone: 613-944-3293

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