Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Canada’s Department of National Defence, lead a team that has designed, built and configured the CH-148 Cyclone for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), maritime search and rescue (SAR), overland operations and utility missions.
As Canada’s first true intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) helicopter, the fly-by-wire Cyclone is equipped with a fully integrated mission system, modern sensors and a multi-mission cabin — providing a quantum leap in maritime helicopter capability.
Entry into service with the Royal Canadian Air Force will occur mid-2018 aboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Montreal, the first of 12 Halifax-class frigates to undergo modernization.
By 2021 — with delivery of all 28 Cyclone helicopter in full mission configuration — the RCAF’s 12 Wing will base 19 aircraft at Shearwater, Nova Scotia, with another nine operated by 443 Marine Helicopter Squadron at Patricia Bay, British Coluombia.
WORLD CLASS MARITIME CAPABILITY
A full-authority fly-by-wire variant of Sikorsky’s successful S-92 helicopter, the CH148 Cyclone helicopter provides exceptional flight handling, and is uniquely qualified to operate aboard Halifax class ships in Sea State 6 conditions.
The full-integrated mission management system developed by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada presents a tactical map of sea and subsurface domains to the crew of four, enabling Cyclone to operate independently of its host ship.
In Service Support infrastructure and Maritime Helicopter Training Centre developed by Sikorsky with support from L-3 Communications MAS are in place at Shearwater and Patricia Bay.
Fully integrated mission systems and sensors: Featuring multi-mode radar, HELRAS dipping sonar, ESM Radar Warning Receiver, Aircraft Survivability Suite, dual torpedoes.
Dual station tactical console with ASW/ASuW full mission suite; or 22 passengers (utility configuration), or multiple medical litters.
Fly-by-wire controls enable exceptional handling qualities, folding tail and main rotors, C-RAST deck handling system demonstrated to Sea State 6, CT7-8A7 marinized engines, shipboard maintainable, helicopter in-flight refueling.
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 29,300 lb (13.3 t) — 2,800 lb (1.3 t) more than the civil S-92A; designed to lift 7,000 pounds on the cargo hook.
Significant increase in useable cabin space, mission performance and speed compared to the CH-124 Sea King.
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