Leonardo has won a contract to upgrade Canadian fleet of 14 CH-149 Cormorant helicopters.
The Cormorant helicopter is based on AW101. The contract is estimated to be worth approximately between $384 million (CAD500 million) to $1.15 billion (CAD1.5 billion), Forecast International reported Monday.
Canada is also considering whether to expand the search-and-rescue fleet, which could be done by leasing or buying AW101s, or upgrading VH-71 helicopters that Canada purchased from the United States after Washington cancelled its original presidential helicopter program. Canada purchased the nine VH-71s, which are similar to the Cormorant, for spare parts. Seven of the VH-71s are still airworthy, the report stated.
Sikorsky had been lobbying Canada to buy S-92 helicopters for search-and-rescue operations. The Canadian Air Force is fielding a variant of the S-92, the CH-148 Cyclone.
The CH-149 upgrade is expected to include improved avionics, radars, sensors, and vision and tracking systems.
Canada will supply two CH-147 Chinook transport helicopters for logistical support and medical evacuations and four armed CH-146 Griffon helicopters to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission Mali (MINUSMA). The UN, meanwhile, is expecting that two Chinooks will be available at any given time — which means Canada would need to send more than two to Mali,
Boeing secures $313 million worth contract to provide full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics and training services to the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks through 2023. Operating under a 20-year performance-based sustainment and training contract since 2013, the RCAF reviews its Chinook fleet support requirements every five years
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his countrys Ministry of Defence to cancel a deal to buy 16 Helicopters from Bell Canada after Ottawa threatened to hold up export clearance on Manilas human rights record. "I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached," Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City
The Canadian government will include an assessment of bidders impact on Canadas economic interests as part of its plan to procure 90 new fighter jets to replace Boeing F/A-18 Hornet jets. An official statement to announce the launch of Competition to Replace Canadas Fighter Aircraft said, "As it is important to do business with trusted partners, the evaluation of bids will also include an assessment of bidders impact on Canadas economic interests
Canada's Combat Ship Team (CCST) has submitted its final proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project to prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax. Canada's Combat Ship Team combines Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems' Type 26 Global Combat Ship, CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies, and Ultra Electronics
Rolls-Royce has won a $420 million contract, for AE 3007H (F137) engine-sustainment services for Canada. This contract provides for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engine, as well as program management and sustaining engineering services
Rheinmetall has won a $15 million (€12 million) follow-on contract to expand the MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) countermeasure systems installed on Canadian Navys Halifax-class frigates. MASS is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles
Leonardo will supply Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes and associated logistic support services to equip the Italian Navys U212A 2nd Series submarines. The Black Shark Advanced is an evolution of the Black Shark heavy torpedo, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Leonardo has signed a collaboration agreement with Slovakia's Konstrukta Defense, a provider of artillery systems in the precision-guided ammunition field. The agreement will see Leonardo's precision-guided Vulcano ammunition integrated onto Konstrukta's ZUZANA 2 155mm/52 cal artillery system, with the two companies going on to jointly market the products internationally
Leonardo has unveiled the latest variant of ‘BriteCloud missile decoy family at the ongoing Electronic Warfare Europe 2018 conference. The BriteCloud 55-T is able to protect large military transport aircraft such as Leonardos C27-J and third party platforms including the C-130, KC-390 and A400M from radar-guided missiles, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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