CH-148 Cyclone procurement project

Project summary

The Government of Canada is procuring 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters. As of March 2017, Canada has accepted 11 Cyclones. The cost is $3.2 billion for acquisition project management, infrastructure and contingency costs. The cost for major in-service support until 2038 is $5.8 billion.

This project has a phased approach for the gradual introduction of capabilities for the Cyclone, called a “blocking strategy”. Throughout this phased approach, five versions of the Cyclone will be delivered, each version building on the configuration for the previous one. The entire fleet will be delivered in its final configuration as Capability Release 2.1.

The project includes associated logistical and in-service support, spare parts, modifications to the Halifax-class ships and construction of a new training facility. The ships will be equipped with a full training suite of flight, mission, and maintenance simulators.

Canada’s new CH-148 is a maritime helicopter that conducts anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and utility missions. The CH-148 Cyclone will provide tactical transport for national and international security efforts.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation

 

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • Preliminary project approval: June 18, 2003
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • June 18, 2003
3. Definition

3. Definition

  •  November 22, 2004
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Project approval: November 22, 2004
  • Contract award: November 23, 2004
  • First delivery (Block 1): June 19, 2015
  • Last contract amendment: August 23, 2016
  • Initial operational capability: 2018
  • First delivery (Block 2): 2018
  • Full operational capability: 2025
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • 2025

 

Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

March 2017
Canada receives an eleventh Cyclone. Progress continues to be made on the delivery of the weapon system.

December 2016
Canada receives a tenth Cyclone. Progress continues to be made on the delivery of the weapon system.

August 2016
Canada accepts nine Cyclones, in line with the schedule set out in June 2014. They have the operational capability to allow the Canadian Armed Forces to begin retiring the Sea Kings.

May 2016
Initial Cadre Training begins on the Capability Release 1.1, permitting test crews to continue operational test and evaluation on the path towards the commencement of formal conversion training and achieving Initial Operational Capability.

Late 2015
Two Capability Release 1.1 aircraft are delivered. Capability Release 1.1 expands upon Block 1 by adding sub-surface surveillance and tactical datalink communications, and expands the aircraft certification.  The Capability Release 1.1 is the aircraft that will achieve Initial operational capability in 2018. 

June 2015
Six Block 1 aircraft are delivered. Block 1 aircraft are Canada’s first six Cyclones, based at Shearwater. They are suitable for aircrew training for operational testing and evaluation in preparation for operational service, including search and rescue, utility transport, and surface surveillance missions.

March 2014
Preliminary Cyclone training is completed.

February 2010
The Cyclone enters its first trials with a Canadian Patrol Frigate.

November 2008
The Cyclone flies for the first time.

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Industrial and regional benefits:

Maritime Helicopter Project—Acquisition

Maritime Helicopter Project—Maintenance

Contractors

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Technical information

Technical information

CH-148 Cyclone technical specifications

  • Fuselage width (W/Stabilator): 3.89 metres (5.18 metres)
  • Height: 5.59 metres
  • Fuselage length: 17 metres
  • Maximum take-off weight : 13 000 kilograms
  • Slung cargo load : 3100 kilograms
  • Maximum speed : 287 kilometres per hour (155 knots)
  • Cruise speed: 222 kilometres per hour (120 knots)
  • Armament:
    • 2 MK 46 torpedoes
    • Door and ramp mounted general purpose machine guns
  • Crew: 4
    • Two pilots
    • One tactical operator
    • One sensor operator
Project costs

Project costs

The cost for the acquisition of the CH-148 Cyclone, including project management costs, infrastructure, contracts and contingency, is $3.2 billion.

The cost for major in-service support until 2038 is $5.8 billion.

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