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Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

Is one of 001 or 002 going to be the VIP aircraft and the other a backup?
edit; 8 of 9 are MRTT so?
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With many international carriers parking fleets during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government was able to “accelerate” the Polaris replacement program by taking advantage of a small pool of available A330-200 commercial long-haul aircraft suitable for conversion to the MRTT standard.

Two were acquired in July 2022 for US$102 million and three more were purchased in July 2023 for US$150 million, all through International AirFinance Corporation from the same operator in Kuwait, following a competitive process, according to senior officials.

“The procurement of used aircraft for this capability is a viable option given that military rates of annual flight hour consumption are typically less than commercial rates,” the government stated. “Thus, a used commercial aircraft that has a modest number of hours flown on it can still achieve a full military service life of 30 years.”

The five used A330-200 aircraft will receive a “limited retrofit” to bring them to the standard of a new A300-200, and will be powered by the same Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines as the four additional Airbus-built aircraft.

An RCAF CC-150 Polaris shown here in its distinctive color scheme. Patrick Cardinal Photo
At present, eight of the nine aircraft will adopt operational grey livery and be converted to the full MRTT mission suite of troop and cargo transport, aeromedical evacuation, and air-to-air refueling – with both boom and hose and drogue systems. One will receive a white Canadian government livery and be earmarked for secure transport of high-ranking government officials. However, it could be converted to a tanker as well at a later date, if required.

As a new-generation freighter derived from Airbus' proven A330 jetliner family, the A330-200F offers highly-efficient operation with less noise and emissions than mid-sized cargo aircraft in service today. Customers have praised the A330-200F for its outstanding flexibility, which is further enhanced by the freighter’s full operational commonality with Airbus’ fly-by-wire family of single-aisle and wide-body jetliners. In addition, its large main deck cargo door allows the aircraft to accept all commonly-used pallets and containers.

The A330-200F flies 20% further and has a cost per tonne that is 13% lower than its direct competitor. It is capable of carrying 65-to-70 tonnes of payload, with a range that stretches from 3,200 nm up to 4,000 nm.

This modern cargo jetliner utilises a wide range of innovations that make it the most economical and environmentally-friendly freighter in service today. Among these cost-reducing features are the aircraft’s reinforced fuselage and doors, which increase shear and bending/running loads; its use of the latest in eco-efficient engine technologies for reduced CO2 emissions and noise levels; along with a “glass cockpit” and advanced navigation systems for enhanced flight operations.

Its 141 X 101-inch main deck door is electrically-controlled and hydraulically-operated, and is derived from the proven cargo door on A300/A310 freighters. Additional features include the latest in eco-efficient engine technologies for enhanced environmental performance, as well as its “glass cockpit” and advanced navigation systems for improved flight operations.

Overall flexibility has been enhanced with the introduction of Airbus’ versatile main deck cargo loading system, which can accommodate all industry-standard containers and pallets – enabling operators to serve the freight lift needs of varying markets.

The A330-200F can transport up to 23 side-by-side pallets on its main deck, with flexibility for additional arrangements such as single-row loading of 16 pallets, and a mix of nine AMA containers with four pallets. The spacious lower-deck cargo hold accepts up to 26 LD3 containers, plus 19.7 cubic metres of bulk cargo.


Main cargo door 141 x 101 inch = 3.581 x 2.565 m
Cabin height 2.46 m
Cabin width 5.28 m
Payload 65 tonnes

Some loads

Polaris MRZR D43.
Thales Hawkei5.
Roshel Senator MRAP6.
BvS10 Viking8.

Polaris MRZR D4 and Thales Hawkei will fit

Roshel Senator MRAP and BvS10 Viking might could fit
- they can probably make it through the door but the minimum cabin height might limit or prevent their transport.

JLTV seems to be a no.

LAV 6.0 is a hard no.
You forgot to apologize for them being built on native land or whatever it is they are saying now
Which is funny isn't? I do a side gig for an Indigenous group and they don't acknowledge anything....Its guilty feeling white liberals that came up with the self flagellation. I think they enjoy being that way.