The Royal Canadian Air Force has deployed four Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopters near Erbil, Iraq to contribute for the armed forces’ commitment to the fight against Daesh militant group.
“On Monday, April 17, approximately 60 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS), based at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base in Edmonton, Alta., departed for northern Iraq where they will assume the duties of the Tactical Aviation Detachment of Air Task Force-Iraq as part of Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to the fight against Daesh,” the Canadian Department of National Defence announced Tuesday.
Griffon helicopters will provide in-theatre tactical transport for Canadian troops and materiel at Camp Érable, Iraq. The aircraft carry an array of self-defence systems for force protection.
Safran has been chosen to provide the navigation systems for Griffon armored vehicles as part of Frances Scorpion program. This program is designed to enhance the front-line fighting capabilities of the French army, including the delivery of 1,668 Griffon multirole armored vehicles (VBMR) between 2018 and 2033, the company said in a statement Monday
CAE has won a $7.5 million contract to replace visual system and to provide simulator update for supporting aircrew training on the Royal Canadian Air Force's CH-146 Griffon helicopters
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