Canadair Argus

Anti-submarine warfare

Canadair Argus

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Adapted from the Bristol Britannia, the Argus entered into service in 1957, giving the RCAF the most advanced anti-submarine aircraft in the world. It provided excellent service throughout a distinguished career. Although only 33 were built, there were still 31 in the Air Force inventory when it was retired in 1982 and replaced by the CP-140 Aurora. PCN-99

Overview

Overview

The Canadian-built Canadair Argus was a unique hybrid that married the wings, tail surfaces and undercarriage of the British-designed Britannia transport to a completely new Canadian-designed, non-pressurized fuselage that was equipped with different American-designed engines. One of the most effective anti-submarine warfare aircraft of its day, the Argus was a mainstay for the RCAF in the maritime role. The principal difference between the Mark I and Mark II was in the different internal navigation, communication and tactical electronic equipment. Externally, the Mk II exhibited a redesigned smaller nose radome and additional ECM (electronic counter measures) antennae above the fuselage. The Argus replaced the Lancaster and Neptune aircraft types previously flown in the maritime roles and, eventually, the Argus was itself replaced by the current CP-140 Aurora aircraft.

Designation CP-107           
Model number CL-20
Marks Mk I, II
Role Anti-submarine warfare (ASW)
Taken on strength 1957
Struck off strength 1982
Number 33
Service RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications

Manufacturer Canadair license-built version of Bristol Britannia
Crew / passengers 15: two pilots, flight engineer, navigator, radio operator, plus relief crew of four, plus six ASW equipment operators
Powerplant Four 3,700 hp Wright R3370 TC981 engines
Maximum speed 288 mph (463 km/h)
Cruising speed 207 mph (333 km/h)
Service ceiling 24,200 ft (7,376 m)
Range 5,089 mi (8,190 km)
Endurance 26.5 hr
Empty weight 81,000 lbs (36,744 kg)
Gross weight  148,000 lbs (67,192 kg)
Span 142 ft 3.5 in (43.38 m)
Length 128 ft 3 in (39.09 m)
Height 36 ft 8.5 in (11.2 m)
Wing area 2,075 sq ft (192.77 m2)
Armament 8,000 lbs of torpedoes, bombs, depth charges, mines, etc.
Cost $5,513,000

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

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