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Canada’s CH-149 Helicopters to be Modernised under Leonardo’s Lead

by MSI

You can read the news article published in the September 2019 Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:


Harjit S. Sajjan, Canadian Minister of Defence, announced on August 22 that the CH-149 Cormorant helicopters in the inventory of the Royal Canadian Air Force will be modernised by Team Cormorant, which includes Leonardo – the original manufacturer of the helicopters.

Under the project, which is referred to as the Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU), Leonardo will be the prime contractor of Team Cormorant. Within the project, valued C$ 1.49 billion (approx. $1.03 billion), 14 helicopters in the inventory will be modernised, and at least two new helicopters will be manufactured. The CH-149, a version of Leonardo’s AW101 helicopter, will be upgraded to the AW101-612 standard as the newest member of this family. The AW101-612 is a solution that has already entered the Norwegian inventory, and so has proven itself as a relatively low risk configuration.

Within the scope of the project, the navigation, flight management, communication and safety systems, as well as the rescue hoists that are used in search & rescue missions, will all be modernised. The programme will also see the integration of a cabin wireless communication system and LED lighting aboard the helicopters, while more powerful and digitally controlled engines will be installed. All of these improvements are aimed at enhancing the search & rescue capabilities of the helicopter.

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