The new CH-148 Cyclone, which arrived at Shearwater January 6, will be undergoing further testing on board HMCS Montréal. 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.
HMCS Montréal 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, HMCS Montréal 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 Government’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.