CC-150 Polaris


CC-150 Polaris



The CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A-310) is a multi-purpose, twin-engine, long-range jet aircraft that can be converted for passenger, freight or medical transport and air-to-air refueling (or any combination of these configurations). The Polaris can reach a speed of up to Mach 0.84 (1029 km/h) carrying a load of up to 32,000 kilograms (70,560 pounds). Passenger loads range from 28 to 194 people, depending on the particular aircraft tail number and configuration.

The five Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris aircraft are stationed at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. During its years in service, the Polaris fleet has transported vast amounts of supplies to Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed on operational missions all over the globe. In October 2005, two Polaris carried the advance party and main body of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Pakistan to conduct a humanitarian operation in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. In 2014, the CC-150 transported Canadian soldiers to eastern and central Europe as part of Canada’s contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) reassurance measures towards Op Reassurance.

The CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A-310) long-range transport aircraft was in service with the Canadian Armed Forces in southwest Asia in 2001, when a Polaris deployed with about 40 personnel to the Persian Gulf region on Operation APOLLO. The Strategic Airlift Detachment moved approximately 3.5 million kilograms (about 7.72 million pounds) of cargo and more than 2,300 passengers during Op APOLLO.

During Operation ATHENA, the CC-150 Polaris fleet operated between Canada and Afghanistan in support of Joint Task Force Afghanistan moving men, women and material over thousands of kilometres.

As part of the Air Force Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) program, two CC-150 Polaris aircraft have been converted to strategic air-to-air refuellers for Canada’s fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. The Polaris MRTT is capable of transferring 36,000 kilograms (79,380 pounds) of fuel to receiving aircraft over a journey of 4,630 kilometres (2,875 statute miles). Consequently, one Polaris tanker can ferry a flight of four CF-18 Hornets non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. When configured for VIP passengers, the CC-150 Polaris is used to transport high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, the Governor General and members of the Royal Family across Canada and around the world.

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

Aircraft Description

A multi-purpose, twin-engine, long-range jet aircraft that can be converted for passenger, freight or medical transport, or a combination of these configurations. Can also be configured to carry VIP passengers or be fitted as a tanker for strategic air-to air refuelling. The Polaris can reach a speed of Mach 0.84 (1029 km/h) carrying 194 passengers or a load of 32,000 kg.


46.66m (153 ft)


43.9m (144 ft)


15.8m (51.8 ft)

Empty Weight

80,000 kg (176, 400 lbs)

Maximum Gross Weight

157,000 kg (346, 200 lbs)


Two GE CF6-80C2A2 jet engines


Normal Cruise: Mach 0.80 (990 km/h),Max: Mach 0.84 (1029 km/h)

Service Ceiling

12,497 m (41,000 ft)


9,600 km (5,965 mi)



Quantity in CF


Year(s) Procured

1992 to 1993


8 Wing Trenton, ON


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