CH-147F Chinook helicopter

General Dynamics (GD) Canada has received an engineering support services contract from Boeing as part of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CH-147F Chinook helicopter fleet’s in-service support programme.

The undisclosed award follows a maintenance training suite/contractor maintenance support contract previously secured by the company in July 2012, and forms an integral part of Boeing’s support for Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) policy for the Chinook helicopter.

Boeing Rotorcraft Support Programs vice president, Peri Widener, said: "Boeing and its Canadian partners are committed to providing superior service to our customers while advancing the country’s aerospace industry."

General Dynamics Canada vice president and general manager, David Ibbetson, said: "This program will add to our current experience in supporting Canadian military platforms and provide value to our customer through the introduction and sustainment of the Chinook fleet."

Under the contract, the company will provide reliability, availability and maintainability support, systems and support engineering, integrated logistics, as well as structural integrity engineering services to Boeing.

CH-147F life-cycle support, including system logistics and training services, will be provided through a long-term performance-based logistics (PBL) programme, which is expected to generate benefits of around $2bn for Canada over the next 20 years.

Boeing also contracted Raytheon Canada for supply chain support, L-3 Electronic Systems for logistics support analysis and L-3 Communications MAS for technical publications and support and test equipment in January 2012.

A total of 15 CH-147F Chinooks were ordered by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) in June 2009, along with associated support services for RCAF, which currently uses CH-147D model for operations in Afghanistan.

The first helicopter had successfully completed its inaugural test flight at Boeing’s facility in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, US, in July 2012.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2013 and run through 2015.

Image: Royal Canadian Air Force’s first CH-147F Chinook helicopter during its inaugural test flight. Photo: courtesy of Boeing,1995 – 2012 ©.