On the eve of DEFSEC Atlantic in Halifax, Alenia Aermacchi has announced the addition of IMP Aerospace to its team pursuing the RCAF’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft program.

Team Spartan – which includes General Dynamics Canada (ISS systems integrator and mission system provider), DRS Technologies Canada (training), Kelowna Flightcraft (maintenance and repair, engineering support, and supply chain management), Esterline CMC Electronics (various pieces of flight equipment), Flyht Aerospace (automated flight reporting system), Rolls Royce (engines), and Standard Aero (maintenance of Canadian fleet of FWSAR engines) – is proposing Alenia’s C-27J for the FWSAR solution.

In a release, Alenia said IMP Aerospace had been brought on board to modify the baseline aircraft into the final operational configuration and support Alenia Aermacchi during the aircraft delivery phase.

“[IMP’s] high value activities include installation of General Dynamics’ mission system, installation of bubble windows, interior design modifications (including the addition of pallets, table, racks, and six additional seats) and installation of the EO/IR turret. Expanding Team Spartan’s Atlantic Canada presence, these key industrial modifications will be performed at IMP Aerospace’s full-service engineering and maintenance operation located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.”

IMP has over 50 years of in-service support engineering and maintenance experience supporting various Canadian Armed Forces aircraft including the current fleet AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopters.