- CC-150 Polaris
name= CC-150 Polaris
caption= CC-150 Polaris
type= Strategic transport
status= Active service
number built= 5
developed from =
variants with their own articles =
Airbus A310 MRTTThe CC-150 Polaris is the designation for the civilian AirbusA310-300s which have been converted for use as the primary long distance transport airplane for the Canadian Forces.
Design and development
The CC-150 replaced the
Boeing CC-137(converted Boeing 707) in 1997. The five Airbus aircraft were originally purchased by Wardairand were transferred to Canadian Airlineswhen the two airlines merged in 1989. They were subsequently purchased by the Canadian Forces from Canadian Airlines. The purchase included a support contract for service of the aircraft for a fixed number of flying hours.
Four of the five aircraft were converted to the "Combi"-Freighter standard with a reinforced floor and side opening cargo door. The fifth was redone as a VIP transport aircraft for government executive transport.
The Polaris is classified as a strategic airlifter by the Canadian Forces. The CC-150 is able to carry cargo and personnel over long distances, but it lacks the oversize cargo capacity and ability to operate from austere locations which are a common requirement of military airlift.
Canadian Forcesprimarily relies on leased aircraft to transport large cargo such as armoured vechicles. This has mostly been accomplished via commercially available types such as the Ilyushin Il-76[ [http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=187014 Testimony of Lieutenant General J.S. Lucas in front of the Standing Committee on National Defence] ] and occasionally the Antonov An-124which was used to transport the Disaster Assistance Response Team - DART to Sri Lankain 2005. Four Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIhave been purchased by the Canadian Forcesto realise the capabilities that the CC-150 lacks, fulfilling the Future Strategic Airlifter Project.
The five CC-150s are operated by 437 Squadron at
CFB Trenton, Ontario.
Two of the five CC-150s are undergoing conversion as
air-to-air refuelingtankers for the CF-18fleet as CC-150Ts. This was a capability that was lost when the CC-137s were retired. The conversion is part of the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) program. The MRTT program was initiated because of a German Air Force (Luftwaffe) requirement and provided a cost effective solution for the CF.
The CF has used converted
C-130s, CF designation CC-130H(T), for training of CF-18 crews but has relied on allied air forces for refueling tankers when the CF-18s have been deployed.
The first converted CC-150T was delivered to the CF in October 2004. [ [http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/mrtt Airforce-technology.com MRTT page] ] Verify source|date=July 2008 [ [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/site/newsroom/news_e.asp?cat=114&id=6727 Strategic air-to-air refuelling capability] ]
*Length: 46.66 m
*Wingspan: 43.9 m
*Height: 15.8 m
*Weight: 157,000 kg (including full load and fuel)
*Power: 2 GE CF6-80C2A2 jet engines
*Speed: Mach .84 (max)
*Range: 11,500 km
*Load: Up to 32,000 kg
Airbus A310 MRTT
List of military transport aircraft
List of active Canadian military aircraft
* [http://www.sfu.ca/casr/bg-airlift-c17.htm Canadian American Strategic Review]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/c-17.htm GlobalSecurity.org]
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/site/equip/cc150/default_e.asp CC-150 Polaris]
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