Canada flies with Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has signed contracts worth C$5 billion with the Government of Canada to provide and maintain 28 Sikorsky H-92 maritime helicopters.

The new H-92s will replace Sea King aircraft currently in service with the Canadian Forces. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2008.

Canada’s new H-92 Cyclones will perform surface surveillance and control, subsurface surveillance and control, and utility operations that include search and rescue, passenger and cargo transfer, medical evacuations and tactical transport in support of national, North American and international security.

Sikorsky Aircraft said in a statement that it has reiterated its long-term commitment to Canada by joining with two Canadian companies – General Dynamics Canada and L-3 MAS Canada – to form The Maritime Helicopter Team, which competed for the C$5 billion contract.

The Sikorsky H-92 Maritime Helicopter Team was selected over the AgustaWestland team and its EH-101 Cormorant offering. A Lockheed Martin/NH Industries consortium NH-90 proposal was eliminated earlier this year.