RCAF's CH-148 Cyclone helicopter marks milestone flight
The Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) first CH-148 Cyclone helicopter has successfully landed on Canadian warship HMCS Halifax off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
The latest development follows continued testing and training carried out on the HMCS Halifax since January 2015.
Last year, the Canadian warship began ship helo operating limits (SHOL) trials to determine operating limits and best practises for the new helicopter.
HMCS Halifax commanding officer commander Graham Roberts said: "This milestone achievement represents a great step forward towards full integration of the Cyclone helicopter into [Royal Canadian Navy] operations.
"Halifax has been extremely impressed with the capabilities of the Cyclone over the past year and we look forward to continuing to work with the helicopter at sea in the coming months."
HMCS Halifax will continue to operate with the Cyclone helicopter fleet performing SHOL trials and supporting the integration of the Cyclone helicopter into naval operations.
A military version of the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, the CH-148 Cyclone is a twin-engine, multi-role maritime helicopter capable of performing a full range of search-and-rescue (SAR) and utility missions in challenging environments.
Fully interoperable in a modern battle space, the helicopter will be designed to conduct a full spectrum of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare in hostile, high-threat environments.
The helicopters will be operated by the Canadian Forces Air Command, and are also scheduled to provide tactical transport for national and international security operations.
Image: The CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. Photo: Gerry Metzler.