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Canada to Modernize and Grow its CH-149 Cormorant Fleet

Two CH-149 Cormorant helicopters sit on the tarmac at Summerside Airport, Slemon Park in Prince Edward Island during a boat camp exercise on June 13, 2015. Photo: Master Corporal Johanie Maheu, 14 Wing Imaging – Greenwood, NS GD2015-0334-25 ~ Deux hélicoptères CH-149 Cormorant reposent sur l’aire de trafic à l’aéroport de Summerside, à Slemon Park, à l’Île du Prince Édouard, lors d’un exercice de navigation, le 13 juin 2015. Photo : Caporal chef Johanie Maheu, Service d’imagerie de la 14e Escadre – Greenwood (N. É.) GD2015-0334-25

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan has announced investments in the search and rescue fleet of CH-149 Cormorant helicopters.

Through the investments announced, the fleet will receive at least two additional helicopters and be upgraded to extend its life to at least 2042. The project office will conduct this work with Leonardo S.p.A. in partnership with IMP Aerospace, and CAE.

Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to this project. It requires the contractor, Leonardo, to undertake economic activity in Canada equal to the value of the contract, which will provide opportunities to develop key industrial capabilities in Canada.

The CH-149 Cormorant provides a helicopter capability that allows search and rescue crews to conduct operations in areas not accessible by other helicopter fleets. Upgrading and enhancing this critical capability will ensure that it continues to be the reliable aircraft needed to conduct successful search and rescue operations in Canada’s challenging environment.

“Canadians rely on the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force to conduct successful search and rescue operations in challenging circumstances. These enhancements to the CH-149 Cormorant fleet will ensure that search and rescue crews have the right equipment to continue providing these life-saving services.” Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“The government of Canada is committed to ensuring that the women and men who proudly serve our country, have the equipment they need to carry out their important work. Through this procurement we are extending the service life of the Cormorant fleet until 2042 and augmenting the number of aircraft available to ensure Canada’s ability to respond to incidents and keep Canadians safe.” Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“Through Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, our government is making sure that this project delivers jobs and economic benefits across the country. For every dollar Leonardo will receive as part of this contract, the company will invest one dollar back into our economy. This will ensure the company will continue to be a key contributor to our economic growth, creating more jobs for Canadians and spurring innovation.” Navdeep Bains, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister 

“Every year, the Royal Canadian Air Force flies about 1,000 missions in support of search and rescue, a core mission of the Canadian Armed Forces. These upgrades to the CH-149 Cormorant, and an increase in fleet size ensures the RCAF will continue to deliver search and rescue services in the challenging Canadian environment.” Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force


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