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Backgrounder / August 10, 2009 / Project number: BG – 09.022

Canada First at home and abroad

As part of the Government of Canada’s Canada First Defence Strategy, the Department of National Defence is acquiring 15 Canadian F model Chinooks (CH-147F).  This positions the Canadian Forces as a first class, modern, flexible force capable of defending Canada and Canadian interests well into the future.

The purchase of the CH-147F Chinooks gives the Canadian Forces a new ability to reach remote locations in a wider range of geographic areas and challenging environments inaccessible by land transport or fixed-wing aircraft. These helicopters are invaluable assets in responding to natural disasters and while deployed anywhere in the world.

The Canadian Forces’ commitment to defend Canada and contribute to global peace and security make this type of helicopter a very real need for the men and women of Canada’s military, perhaps now more than ever. Delivery of the new Canadian F-model Chinookis scheduled for 2013 and 2014. 

The CH-147F helicopters are the long-term solution to the Canadian Forces’ medium- to heavy-lift helicopter requirements. Until 2008, when the Canadian Forces obtained used Chinook D-models specifically for the mission in Afghanistan, Canada had to rely on allied or coalition forces to provide this type of helicopter transport while deployed, or opt for ground transportation, placing them at greater risk of ambushes, land mines and improvised explosive devices.

Serving Canadians here at home

The new CH-147F helicopters will be used to assist civil authorities in responding to emergencies such as floods, forest fires and earthquakes, helping to keep Canadians safe and secure.  Added robust capabilities, which are first and foremost designed to maximize the safety of passengers and crew, will mean that a fleet of 15 aircraft will meet the operational requirements of the Air Force to carry out their missions. These additional capabilities, such as long-range fuel tanks that will more than double the endurance and autonomy of a basic Chinook F-model, will expand the Canadian Forces’ ability to operate in remote and isolated areas, and increase their capacity to respond to disasters both at home and abroad.

The Boeing CH-147F Chinook aircraft is part of the Government’s implementation of its Canada First Defence Strategy. It features a newly designed, modernized airframe, a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System cockpit, and BAE Digital Advanced Flight Control System. The advanced avionics provide improved situational awareness for flight crews with an advanced digital map display and a data transfer system that allows storing of pre-flight and mission data. Improved survivability features include a directional infrared countermeasures system, a laser warning system and updated infrared and radar detection systems.

A fair, open and transparent process

In June 2006, the Government of Canada approved the plan to acquire the new medium-to heavy-lift helicopter fleet. The following month, an Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) established Boeing’s Chinook as the only Western-certified aircraft in production able to deliver the capabilities required by the Canadian Forces.

The Government of Canada remains committed to capitalizing on its major purchases to generate the greatest amount of economic benefit to Canadian industry and the economy at large. Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy is in place to enable Government to leverage major investments in military equipment to encourage long-term industrial development and significant economic activity here in Canada.

According to an independent analysis done for Boeing, this acquisition contract is expected to generate benefits for local economies and will provide approximately 5 500 jobs and an opportunity for up to 15,000 indirect jobs for Canadians across the country.

For additional information on the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy please contact Industry Canada.

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