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Leonardo targets Canada’s CH-149 CMLU

1st June 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Canadian government has taken the decision to proceed with the CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade programme (CMLU) to deliver a comprehensive upgrade to the country’s AW101 primary SAR helicopter fleet.

Leonardo has announced that it will propose a solution for the programme along with IMP Aerospace and Defence and the other members of Team Cormorant – CAE, Rockwell Collins Canada and GE Canada.

Under the programme, Canada is also expanding the current fleet of 14 AW101s by up to seven additional aircraft.

Leonardo, together with Team Cormorant, aims to work with the Canadian government to conclude the options analysis and finalise the requirements for the CH-149 CMLU and fleet augmentation, simulation and training programme.

Based on the AW101-612 standard, Leonardo and Team Cormorant's proposed solution will upgrade, enhance and address obsolescence, as well augment the fleet to return the Cormorant to all four RCAF main operating bases.

The CH-149 CMLU and augmentation will position the rotary wing SAR fleet for reductions in cost of ownership over the extended life of the fleet to 2040 and beyond.

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