Here’s a twist:
Canada might change course, purchase two types of search-and-rescue aircraft instead of one
My WAG: The RCAF ends up with some Viking Air new-build Buffalos plus more C-130Js. That way a plucky little Canadian company does well (good politics, esp. in B.C.) and the CF gets more search and rescue planes that are also very capable tactical transports, a long-time unspoken desideratum. Plus fleet commonality is maintained, a cost-reduction angle that could be touted despite the fact that Jercs would be the most expensive of all the potential contenders.
See this post for more information on those contenders, plus a discussion towards the end of the tactical transport aspect:
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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