CCC, EU Buyers sign LOI for purchase of DeHavilland Aircraft

March 31, 2022

Ottawa, CANADA – The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce that buyers in the European Union (E.U.) have signed letters of intent to purchase the first 22 De Havilland DHC-515 FIREFIGHTER (formerly known as the CL-515) aircraft, pending positive outcome of government to government (G2G) negotiations.

“After an extensive business and technical review, we are pleased to announce that we have launched the De Havilland DHC-515 FIREFIGHTER program, which will involve negotiating contracts with our European customers and ramping up for production,” said Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer of De Havilland Canada.

The DHC-515 FIREFIGHTER is a new production multi-mission amphibian and purpose-built aerial firefighting aircraft and matches the other aircraft in the De Havilland fleet in terms of lifespan, ruggedness and Canadian aerospace engineering quality. In combination with the internal water tanks, the DHC-515 FIREFIGHTER can be equipped with options such as spray boom for insect control or oil spill dispersant, an enlarged cargo door for disaster relief support, and the ability to add a “QC” quick change sensor or medevac suite.

“We understand the important role the previous aircraft have played in protecting people and property and as our climate continues to change and summers increase in both temperature and length, the DHC-515 will be an important tool for countries around the globe to use in putting out fires, ” said Mr. Chafe.

“As the effects of climate change continue to impact countries around the world, CCC and the Government of Canada are proud to stand with De Havilland Canada in providing this world class solution to our E.U. partners and allies. We look forward to supporting DHC as other governments wishing to procure these next generation aerial firefighting aircraft come forward,” said Bobby Kwon, President and CEO of CCC.

CCC has partnered with DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada companies including Viking Air, on a number of government to government (G2G) contracts. Past partnerships include the sale of 12 Twin Otters to the Peruvian Air Force and the sale of DHC-6 Series Twin Otter aircraft to Argentina’s Federal Police.

For governments looking to tap into De Havilland’s rugged, reliable, and uniquely Canadian aircraft and Canada’s government to government contracting approach,  contact CCC.


Quick facts

  • Canada’s aerospace companies possess strong world-class capabilities in
    • Design and production of regional and business aircraft, helicopters, small gas turbine engines, flight simulator systems, and landing gear
    • Structural assemblies and components incorporating advanced materials, including composites, special coatings, and alloys
    • Avionics, communications, power conversion, environmental controls, in-flight entertainment, and business solutions
    • Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of aircraft and major systems, in-service support (ISS), and aftermarket logistics support
    • Telecommunication satellites and components.
  • Canadian aerospace maintains its position as a global leader in several segments – Number 1 in civil flight simulators, Number 3 in civil engines and Number 4 in civil aircraft
  • The Canadian aerospace manufacturing industry exports more than 75 per cent of its products each and in 2020, the industry shipped to 186 countries.
  • DHC-515 Firefighter delivers the highest quantity of water into the fire-zone per day (nearly 700,000 L), more than twice as much as its nearest competitor. Refills its tanks in 12 seconds, from nearby fresh or saltwater sources including rivers, small lakes, and oceans, while land-based aircraft must return to airport after each drop.


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