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  • Canada Sets New Date for Cyclones
    Posted by Graham Warwick 12:10 AM on Dec 24, 2008

    Canada has negotiated a new contract with Sikorsky for the delayed delivery of the 28 CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters on order. Originally planned for November this year, first deliveries have been rescheduled for November 2010 - "allowing necessary operational testing and training to begin prior to the delivery of fully capable helicopters starting in 2012, with a complete fleet of helicopters by 2013", says Canada's procurement agency PWGSC.

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    Artwork: Sikorsky

    The first CH-148 entered flight testing at Sikorsky on Nov. 17. The Cyclone, which the company also calls the MH-92, is a military derivative of the S-92 commercial helicopter. Developing and integrating the many changes, including a fly-by-wire flight control system and anti-submarine/anti-surface-warfare mission system, proved more difficult than Sikorsky envisaged.

    Canada says the renegotiation has added C$77 million to Sikorsky's C$1.8 billion contract to supply 28 shipborne helicopters, and C$40 million to its companion C$3.2 billion contract to provide 20 years of in-service support. The increases will be funded from within the original project budget, says PWGSC. In return, Canada is "getting compliant maritime helicopters with a minimum of delay...including valuable, cost effective additional capabilities that will provide flexibility to address new requirements during the service life of the helicopter." No details of those improvements are provided.

    Tags: ar99, Canada, Sikorsky, CH-148

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