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AIAC congratulates Bell Helicopter on contract

January 17, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 17, 2011, Ottawa - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada on Friday congratulated Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTCL) on the announcement that it has secured an important maintenance  contract - the Optimized Weapons Support System (OWSS) contract - which will maintain 300 highly-skilled jobs in Montréal and Calgary and remain in effect until the expected retirement of the Griffon helicopter fleet in 2021.

The OWSS contract covers repair and overhaul, parts provisioning, support services and engineering services for the CH-146 Griffon helicopter fleet.  Additional sub-contracts will be awarded acrossCanada over the next decade for support services to be carried out at various military bases.

"This contract is further proof of the strategic importance of Canada's aerospace sector and the role it plays in support of the brave women and men of the Canadian forces.  Moreover, our sector remains committed to help secure and drive economic prosperity for Canadians," stated Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, President and CEO of the AIAC.

Dr. Lajeunesse added, "Prime Minister Harper's visit to the Montréal region today, which is home to the third largest aerospace industry cluster in the world, sends another clear, positive and welcome signal of his government's belief in and partnership with the people and companies in our sector."



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