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26 June 2016

Bluedrop Wins Canadian Maritime Helicopter Training Extension

Bluedrop Training & Simulation,  has won a three year extension to the contract awarded by Sikorsky in 2010 to provide instructors and courseware for the CH-148 CYCLONE maritime helicopters in Canadian service. Value of the contract extension is given as U$13 million.

The company will provide over 30 aircrew instructors, simulator operators and technical support personnel to 406 Operational & Training Squadron at Shearwater in Nova Scotia. The training suite there includes two flight simulators, two operational mission simulators, six mission procedures trainers and two aircraft maintenance trainers; supplemented by several maintenance part task trainers.

The Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project industry team, led by Sikorsky with General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada as principal subcontractor, is delivering a total of 28 CH-148 CYCLONEs to the Canadian Forces, where they will replace Sea KINGs in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare roles. The first six aircraft were accepted by Canada in 2015 with a further six – in Block II standard – scheduled for delivery in 2018. Full operational capability, with all 28 aircraft delivered, is forecast for 2021.