Fantino hails launch of Chinook Ch-147F assembly
Oct. 24, 2011, Ottawa - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, today hailed the launch of the final
assembly of the first CH-147F Canadian Chinook Helicopter, a key milestone in Canada's Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter Project.
By Carey Fredericks
The CH-147F project is moving ahead as scheduled and is within budget.
"Our government is fully committed to providing our brave men and women of the Canadian Forces the new tools they need to defend Canada's interests at home and abroad," said Minister Fantino. "The acquisition of these important capabilities demonstrate our ongoing efforts to help the Canadian Forces help Canadians."
The Government of Canada will acquire 15 CH-147F Chinooks, manufactured by Boeing at their plant in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. This helicopter will feature long-range fuel tanks; a self-protection system to protect its occupants against threats such as missiles; an infra-red and electro-optical camera which will increase the safety and capabilities of the helicopter; as well as improved electrical systems.
"These helicopters will strengthen the Canadian Forces' ability to operate safely in remote and isolated areas," said Minister Fantino. "This is also a shining example of how our government strives to improve its procurement process for the benefit of the men and women of the Canadian Forces."
The first CH-147F is set to come off the assembly line for tests and evaluation flights in June 2012. In June 2013, a new squadron at CFB Petawawa is scheduled to receive the first deliveries.