DAG 2016 – Aerospace Systems Services

CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade

In-Service Support


To extend the all-weather rotary wing search and rescue capability to at least 2040, to return the capability to the Trenton main operating base, and to provide capability improvements to enhance its overall mission effectiveness.


This project will determine the most appropriate option to extend existing capability by assessing future supportability issues of the current CH149 Cormorant with respect to avionics, communications, ice protection, corrosion management and patient treatment area or by augmenting current capability by another means. Search and rescue capabilities are expected to be enhanced with the introduction of an electro-optic and an infra-red search capability. Aircraft sustainment may be improved in accordance with current Integrated Logistic Support analysis and anticipated failure rates. Training devices and publications are also expected to be updated to provide the transitional training for the initial cadre of aircrew and maintainers.

Preliminary Estimate

  • $500 million to $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2016 Options Analysis
  • 2017 Definition Approval
  • 2018 Implementation Approval
  • 2018 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2019 Contract Award

Point of Contact

Director Air Requirements
Phone: 613-944-3293

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