3-Feb-2011 Source: Canadian Forces
The new CH-148 Cyclone, which arrived at Shearwater January 6, will be undergoing further testing on board HMCSMontrÃ©al. The tests will last several weeks, under the direction of Sikorsky International Operations Inc., prime contractor on the Maritime Helicopter Project.
The CH-148 Cyclone will provide anti-submarine surveillance, and will have enhanced search and rescue and tactical transport capabilities. Tests of the operational limits of a ship-borne helicopter will make a notable contribution to the Project, which seeks to replace the existing Sea King fleet that has been in service since the 1960s.
HMCSÂ MontrÃ©al will serve as a prototype during the tests, and the vessel has undergone considerable modification so that the tests may be conducted in optimal fashion. Since the modifications were made, HMCSÂ MontrÃ©al has successfully completed Air Work-Ups, which tested the abilities of the crew to conduct routine flying operations, respond to in-flight emergencies and to a helicopter crash, and combat shipboard fires.
This new stage in the Project testifies to the Canadian Governmentâ€™s desire to provide the Canadian Forces with modern equipment that can be rapidly deployed to provide international security and react to threats to Canada and to North America.