Procurements
Nov. 15, 2013, Ottawa - Canada may send up to six helicopters to the Philippines to help its growing military disaster relief team get medical aid to Filipinos on remote islands hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Nov. 13, 2013, Ottawa - As the Conservative government mulls whether to scrap its bogged-down purchase of Sikorsky Cyclone helicopters to replace the fleet of aging Sea Kings, the NDP is raising fresh questions about whether those new helicopters are capable of doing the job.
Nov. 4, 2013, Ottawa - Canadian air force evaluators warned nearly a decade ago that the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter might not measure up in terms of engine performance, acoustic noise and its ability to resist electronic interference, The Canadian Press has learned.
Oct. 28, 2013, Ottawa - Department of National Defence officials are expecting the government to once again give a U.S. aerospace firm another chance to deliver aircraft to replace the military’s aging Sea King helicopters, according to DND documents.
Oct. 17, 2013, Ottawa - Barry Kohler, President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, has been elected Chair of the Board of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for 2013-2014.
Oct. 16, 2013, Ottawa - CBC News has learned the government is considering a major rethink of how the military uses its helicopters at sea. The change, if implemented, would spell the end for a five-year-old, $5-billion contract with Sikorsky to replace Canada's aging fleet of Sea Kings, instead opting for smaller, cheaper helicopters.
Oct. 7, 2013, Ottawa - Senior National Defence and Public Works officials have informally asked rival aircraft makers if they can step in to pick up the pieces if the troubled CH-148 Cyclone helicopter program is cancelled, The Canadian Press has learned.
Sept. 18, 2013, Ottawa - The federal government has spent more than $1-billion on a delay-plagued acquisition of naval helicopters, sources say – a deal that Ottawa is now threatening to scrap.
July 29, 2013, Ottawa - The Harper government has been asked to accept the air force's long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters as they are currently configured and gradually phase them into service using regular software upgrades intended to make the aircraft fully operational.
July 5, 2013, Ottawa - U.S. aerospace giant Sikorsky has racked up almost $86-million in penalties for failing to deliver Cyclone helicopters to Canada’s military but has yet to pay the money.
June 11, 2013, Ottawa – The Canadian air force was told more than year before being rapped on the knuckles by the auditor general that varying its hours of search-and-rescue operations would mean significantly improved response times for people in distress.
May 29, 2013, Ottawa - The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) welcomed the leadership shown today by Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose with regard to the implementation of commitments to improve defence procurement.
May 7, 2013, Ottawa - Critics are slamming the Harper government for taking another look at using some helicopters bought for parts from the United States to bolster the country's search and rescue fleet.
March 7, 2013, Toronto – Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis will be called to testify before a legislative committee examining the province's troubled air ambulance service, the Progressive Conservatives said Wednesday.
Feb. 21, 2013, Ottawa - "I can't understand why the Conservative government is doing everything in its power to put Canadians at risk," said Christine Collins, National President of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees in response to yesterday's phone call from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advising of the immediate closure of Kitsilano Search and Rescue (SAR) Station in Vancouver, B.C.
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