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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: Canada Waits for the Cyclone


Sikorsky is working on the 28 CH-148 Cyclones that the Canadian government contracted, but will be four years late now and isn’t planning on delivery until late in 2010. The maximum penalty of $36 million in late fees was in place when the contract was signed, but the Canadian government has decided to give the company another two years before imposing any sanctions.

The Cyclone, which is based on Sikorsky’s H-92 Superhawk, is replacing the aging Sea Kings and will perform surveillance, search and rescue, passenger and cargo transfer, medical evacuations and tactical transport in support of North American and international security. The Cyclones will contain an integrated mission system, FLIR and radar warning and defensive systems derived from Lockheed Martin’s AN/ALQ-210.

Sikorsky was awarded the original Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project back in 2004 and joined with General Dynamics Canada and L-3 Canada to form the Maritime Helicopter Team that is developing, certifying and fielding the new Cyclone fleet. The original contract was estimated at nearly $80 million for the helicopters and an additional $40 million for 20 years of in-service support.

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