Griffon replacement not yet in the cards
A number of aerospace firms exhibiting at the recently held CANSEC 2017 defence trade show in Ottawa highlighted the helicopters they hoped they could offer the Canadian government as a replacement for the RCAF’s Griffons.
The companies had heard Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan suggest that a replacement would be needed for the Griffon.
Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters in Canada, briefed journalists at CANSEC pointing out the capabilities of the company’s H145M as a possible replacement for the Griffon. “We made the business case by showing (the RCAF) that by going to a new platform, the Canadian taxpayers would save more than $1 billion,” he explained. Those saving would be made over a 10-year period.
Leonardo Helicopters also has a variety of aircraft that could replace the CH-146.
But the Liberal government’s newly released defence policy did not follow through with a Griffon replacement.
Instead, the Liberals will embark on what they are calling the “CH-146 Griffon Limited Life Extension.”
They didn’t go into details but the emphasis here is “limited.”
It is unclear whether that project will be a stop-gap life extension until a new helicopter procurement could take place.
Quebec’s two medical air ambulance leaders join forcesQuebec’s two private air ambulance services will join forces and…
Royal Thai Police first H175 operator in Asia PacificThe Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from…
Safran unveils Aneto: its new super-medium/heavy engine familySafran Helicopter Engines is unveiling its brand-new Aneto high power…
P&WC gets TC certification for PT6C-67A enginePratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has announced that its PT6C-67A…
Aerial Fire Fighting Europe 2017
October 17-18, 2017
2017 Canadian Aerospace Summit
November 7-8, 2017
HAC 2017 Convention & Trade Show
November 10-13, 2017