https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/air-tra ... -1.4668608
OTTAWA -- The federal government could be forced to buy new executive jets to transport the prime minister and other VIPs because of changes to air-traffic control rules in the U.S. and Europe.
Two of the four Challenger jets currently used by the Canadian Forces for executive transport lack the equipment needed to comply with the new ADS-B system, which replaces radar-based air-traffic control with the transmission of GPS-based data.
That will curtail the aircraft's ability to fly in the U.S. and Europe beginning next year.
The current Canadian Forces executive jet fleet consists of four Bombardier Challenger jets, of which two were purchased in the 1980's and are model 601's, and two more were purchased in the 1990's and are model 604's. Upgrading the older model 601's given the age of the jets is not cost effective per the DND.
Per the reporting, the DND is looking at options to consolidate the fleet, most likely by purchasing used Challenger 604's on the open market to replace the older model 601's. Another option being reported is purchasing Bombardier Global Express jets, which are partially made in Canada as the dedicated fleet.
Either way, the RCAF is indicating that already, the existing four aircraft are already hard pressed to meet existing needs for VIP travel outside the country, and to meet the secondary missions of medivac, deploying advance teams with the Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) and, on occasion, covertly transporting Canadian special forces personnel.
Also being reported is that the existing fleet of CC-150 Polaris transports are going to have their lives extended past 2026 as well with a costly $249 million dollar life extension...