PARIS Dec 8 Canada has selected the Airbus
C295W aircraft for its fixed-wing search and rescue
programme, the European company said on Thursday.
The Royal Canadian Air Force will purchase 16 aircraft to be
modified for search and rescue as well as service support, it
said in a statement.
Airbus Group had competed with Leonardo of Italy
for the Canadian contract, estimated in media reports to be
worth about C$3 billion ($2.3 billion).
The specially adapted tactical military transporter aircraft
will be delivered starting three years after the contract is
formally awarded, Airbus said.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)