Sikorsky Aircraft announced Friday that it has delivered six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to the Canadian government during an acceptance celebration.
The six helicopters represent the first of 28 Cyclone aircraft that Sikorsky will deliver to the Canadian Armed Forces to perform a full range of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and utility missions in various environments.
Sikorsky will introduce increased capabilities that will be phased in while the Royal Canadian Air Force determines operational strategy and more personnel are trained to fly and maintain the aircraft.
More than 40 military personnel have completed initial training already. Completion of all deliveries and capability upgrades will enable replacement of the venerable Sea King fleet, also provided by Sikorsky, beginning in 2018.
William Gostic, Vice President of the CH-148 Maritime Helicopter Program (MHP) said the event is “a major milestone for the Canadian Armed Forces, our industry partners, Sikorsky and all of our employees committed to this unique and highly sophisticated aircraft.”
The acceptance celebration was joined by Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Regional Ministers.
Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada said, “this government is once again showing its support for our forces by providing them with the lifesaving equipment they need to do their challenging job protecting Canadians.”