What’s Canada Buying? August 7, 2012
The REST of the story on the update on the (eventual) replacement for Canada’s Sea Kings …. “Sikorsky delivered a fourth interim-configuration CH-148 Cyclone to 12 Wing at CFB Shearwater, Nova Scotia, on August 3, according to an update on the much-delayed Maritime Helicopter Project (MHP) released by the Department of National Defence (DND). There are actually three Cyclones at Shearwater, as the first interim helicopter to be delivered, MH 806 in May 2011, was returned to Sikorsky in May this year for modifications. That leaves MH 805 and 808, delivered in June, and the latest to arrive, MH 807, to provide initial training for Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew and maintainers. This is not how it was supposed to be. When Sikorsky won the C$1.8 billion contract to supply 28 maritime helicopters in November 2004, with a military derivative of the S-92, deliveries were planned to begin in November 2008. But delays in developing the Cyclone led to the contract being amended in December 2008, and new delivery dates being set of November 2010 for interim-standard helicopters and June 2012 for fully compliant CH-148s. Neither date was met. The DND and Sikorsky have been tight-lipped about the problems, frequently citing the fact that the contract is with a third entity, the Public Works and Government Services Canada procurement agency ….”
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7 August 12 at 13:45
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