CH-146 Griffon


The CH-146 Griffon utility tactical-transport helicopter supports the tactical transportation of troops and materiel as well as search and rescue operations, surveillance and reconnaissance, training, casualty evacuations and counter-drug operations.

The Griffon features GPS-satellite navigation and Doppler-radar systems. It can also be fitted with a variety of equipment, including self-defence weapons, a powerful searchlight, and a hoist to extract people and cargo from almost any terrain.

Length 17.1 m
Rotor span 14 m
Height 4.6 m

Maximum gross weight

5,400 kg
Maximum speed 260 km/h
Range 656 km
  • Bagotville, Que.
  • Borden, Ont.
  • Cold Lake, Alta.
  • Edmonton, Alta.
  • Gagetown, N.B.
  • Goose Bay, N.L.
  • Petawawa, Ont.
  • Saint-Hubert, Que.
  • Trenton, Ont.
  • Valcartier, Que.
This aircraft is used for


An orange twin-propeller aircraft in flight

An overview of our search and rescue aircraft

SAR Technicians use many different kinds of equipment to do their job, but they rely on aircraft to transport them where they need to go to save lives. Here are the aircraft that Canadian SAR Technicians use in their everyday work.
September 24, 2020

Two men wearing green flight suits and black helmets, one of which mans a machine gun, sit at the open door of a helicopter flying over a wooded area.

Exercise Gander Gunner 2020

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Griffons went to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, in July, to participate in Gander Gunner 2020, a seven-day aerial gunnery training exercise for newly posted aircrew.
September 16, 2020

CH146477 - Griffon

CH146477 Griffon - Epilogue

The crew of the CH146 Griffon was tasked to transport a replacement generator into a repeater antenna site within the 4 Wing Cold Lake Air Weapons Range. The main rotor blades made contact with the obstruction lights and support bracket at the top of the 96 foot tower.
February 26, 2020

CH146432 Griffon

CH146432 Griffon- Epilogue

The occurrence involved a Griffon helicopter from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron (search and rescue configuration) with a six person crew operating out of the Opa-Locka airport, near Miami, Florida.
February 28, 2018

CH146485 Blade damage

CH146485 Griffon - Epilogue

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (SOAS) were on deployment to 12 Wing Shearwater, NS to conduct a Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) Maritime Security Operations (MSO) training mission.
September 29, 2014

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