maritime helicopters

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Are we going ‘full circle’ on maritime helicopters?

Friday’s news carried a couple of stories that speculated on whether or not the Sikorsky H-92 ‘Cyclone’ helicopter deal will be cancelled. CBCNews ran a story, entitled ‘Other options’ sought for Sea King Helicopter replacements, that quoted Public Works spokesperson Amber Irwin as saying, “the government is considering other options […]

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Who do we believe?

There is an article in the press that suggest completely different views on when the first operational H-92 ‘Cyclone’ helicopter (CH-148 in Canadian military terms) will be delivered to the Canadian Forces by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Greg Weston’s article for CBC News is entitled ominously “New helicopters may not be […]

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The Sea King attrition saga*

* Moderator’s Note: This is an excerpt of an article originally published in Airforce Magazine, (Winter, 2008): 11 – 16. It is reprinted here with the permission of the publisher.  The article provides an analysis of the fates of the lost Sea Kings.  My thanks to Christine Hines, Curator at […]

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Sea Kings Featured in 18th RCAF Annual Historical Workshop, 13 – 14 June 2012

The Call for Papers has been issued for the 18th Annual Royal Canadian Air Force Workshop, which will be held in Halifax, 13-14 June 2012. The title of the workshop will be “Wings For The Fleet: Fifty years of the Canadian Sea King.”   The workshop theme reads as follows: “In […]

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The joint support role must be recognized and satisfied

Ken Hansen has exposed yet another issue concerning defence procurement. The people who prepared the SOR for the CH 148 Cyclone failed to consider the full range of combat and non-combat operations that the CF may have to undertake over the life of that helicopter. If they had considered the […]

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Finally, here they come!

There are now two new Sikorsky H-92 ‘Cyclone’ maritime helicopters at Shearwater.  (You can read more about the Maritime Helicopter Project here.) The first arrived in May and a number (which varies depending on the source) of ‘interim’ aircraft will follow soon.  The ‘final configuration’ aircraft are supposed to begin […]

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How well will Shearwater withstand the coming cuts?

The ‘Strategic and Operating Review’ underway in the Department of National Defence is primarily a cost-cutting exercise.  A message sent to DND and CF members on Friday, 5 August, under the signatures of Deputy Minister Fonberg and Chief of Defence Natynczyk, outlines two potential outcomes: reductions to meet at least […]

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Where are the naval helicopters?

Amid all of the discussions and commentaries about the defence policy announcement, something has been overlooked.  Neither in the speeches nor in the Backgrounders was there any mention of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters (known in the U.S. as the H-92 Superhawk).  While all other equipment programmes, both actual and intended, […]

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Strait of Hormuz Incident: The recent U.S.-Iranian run-in at sea

On reading reports and scanning the video of the recent U.S. Navy – Iranian Revolutionary Guard incident in the Straits of Hormuz I was struck by how restrained the American forces were and how rash the Iranian. The Revolutionary Guards broadcast their hostile intent on the radio, manoeuvered to deploy […]

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