The agile CC-115 Buffalo search and rescue (SAR) aircrafts can take off and land on even the most rugged terrain and in areas as short as a soccer field.
At 24 m long, the Buffalo is small enough to service the rough and mountainous terrain on Canada’s West Coast.
All six Canadian Forces CC-115s are employed by 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of Comox, BC. The squadron is responsible for a SAR zone stretching from the BC–Washington border to the Arctic, and from the Rocky Mountains to 1,200 km out over the Pacific Ocean. With a maximum load of 2,727 kg—or 41 fully equipped soldiers—the Buffalo has an operational range of 2,240 km.
The Buffalo will be replaced by the C-295W from Airbus. The new fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft will carry out critical, life-saving search and rescue missions across Canada’s vast and challenging territory, including the Arctic.