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Jul 04

This incredibly botched procurement continues to demonstrate why one should not buy a paper aircraft. Now we have the incredible situation where two frigates that had been adapted to fly the new CH-148 must be retrofitted to go back to flying Sea Kings. Help!

1) New military helicopters may not be ready for 5 years

Numerous delays in replacing aging fleet of Sea King helicopters

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The Sikorsky Cyclone, full of modern anti-warfare systems, is considered vital to Canadian naval operations. (Sikorsky/Reuters)…

2) Tories to hit Sikorsky for delay (we’ll see for how much, Sikorsky has us right over that barrel)

Who is that man with the headphones? Plus a question from Defense Industry Daily (and mine: when does “late” become effectively “never”?):

Canada’s CH-148 Cyclones: Better Late Than Never?

Canada’s Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program has been a textbook military procurement program over its long history. Unfortunately, it has been a textbook example of what not to do…

Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger

One Response to “Mark Collins - New RCAF Maritime Chopper: Cyclone Battering RCN”

  1. MarkOttawa Says:

    Worth reading in the context, one off-the-shelf (basically), other developmentaL:

    “NH90 and UH-60M — Sweden’s Tale of Two Helos”
    http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3ac29f88d5-e656-4eba-891f-a2e2bce27c13

    Mark Collins

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