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CC-150 Polaris

CC-150 Polaris
A Royal Canadian Air Force Polaris taking off from Ottawa Airport
Role Strategic transport/VIP transport/tanker
Manufacturer Airbus
Designer Airbus
Introduction 1997
Status Active service
Primary users Canadian Forces
Royal Canadian Air Force
Number built 5
Developed from Airbus A310
Variants Airbus A310 MRTT

The Airbus CC-150 Polaris is the designation for the civilian Airbus A310-300s which have been converted for use as the primary long distance transport aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Design and development

The CC-150 replaced the [1]

Tanker Conversion


Two of the five CC-150s have been converted to air-to-air refueling tankers for the CF-18 fleet 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 RCAF uses converted C-130s, RCAF designation CC-130H(T), for tactical air to air refueling but is limited when deploying CF-18s overseas which is better suited by a Strategic AAR Platform. As a result of the CC-150s MRTT conversion, Canada has regained its own Strategic air-to-air refuelling capability.

The first converted CC-150T completed its acceptance trials in May 2008.[1]

Operational history

Four of the five aircraft were converted to the Combi-Freighter standard with a reinforced floor and side opening cargo door. The fifth was modified as a VIP transport aircraft for government executive transport. The Polaris is classified as a strategic airlifter by the Royal Canadian Air Force. 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. The Canadian Forces rely on other heavy lift cargo aircraft (such as the C-17 Globemaster) for these kinds of operations.

The five CC-150s are operated by 437 Squadron at CFB Trenton, Ontario.

In 2011, two CC-150T air-to-air refueling tankers were deployed to support Canadian CF-18 fighter jets enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya under Operation Mobile and Operation Unified Protector.[2]

In 2013, the CC-150 used for VIP transport was repainted from gun-metal scheme to a more-colourful one based on RCAF colours during scheduled maintenance, at an additional cost of $50,000.[3]

Variants

CC-150
1 VIP transport
2 strategic airlifters
CC-150T
2 aerial refueling tankers/strategic airlifters

Operators

 Canada

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (flightcrew)
  • Capacity: 194 passengers
  • Length: 46.66 m (153 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 43.9 m (144 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 15.8 m (51 ft 10 in)
  • Gross weight: 157,000 kg (346,126 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CF6-80C2A2 high bypass turbofan engines, 220 kN (50,000 lbf) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.84
  • Range: 9,600 km (5,965 mi; 5,184 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 12,500 m (41,010 ft)

See also

Aviation portal
Canadian Armed Forces portal

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References

External links

  • Canadian American Strategic Review
  • GlobalSecurity.org
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