First CH-147F Chinook helicopter welcomed to Canada
June 27, 2013
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence responsible for military procurement and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today welcomed the delivery of the Canadian Armed Forces' first new CH-147F Chinook helicopter at a ceremony at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa.
"The delivery of the new Chinook today clearly demonstrates our Government's commitment to provide our Canadian Armed Forces with the right equipment to do the many challenging jobs we ask of them," said Minister Findlay. "The Canadian Chinook F-model – designed especially for Canada's demanding operational and environmental requirements – will provide increased mobility and flexibility to the Royal Canadian Air Force."
"As initial crew training progresses, these new and much-improved Chinooks will certainly enhance the ability of the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct military operations wherever we are called to do so, including the rapid response to emergencies across Canada," said Minister MacKay.
The CH-147F Chinook is an advanced, multi-mission, medium- to heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary mission is the transport of equipment and personnel during both domestic and deployed operations, but it also provides a vital capability to respond to humanitarian emergencies such as fire, floods, and earthquakes. These Canadian Chinooks have been modified to meet requirements for operating in Canada, including the installation of long-range fuel tanks which allow it to fly twice as far as previous models. This dramatically increased range is particularly important for missions in Canada's vast northern regions.
They are also equipped with a state of the art electrical system, advanced radar and laser warning systems, three defensive machine guns and a laser-based active missile counter-measure system to defeat anti-aircraft missiles. This equipment will allow the Canadian Chinooks to be employed more effectively in a wider range of threat environments, while increasing the crews' safety and chances of mission success.
"The new CH-147F represents the most modern and advanced evolution of a helicopter design that has proven itself in military operations for many years," said Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, commander Royal Canadian Air Force. "Our six older D-model Chinooks saved many Canadian and allied lives in Afghanistan by reducing the exposure to deadly IEDs on the ground. These impressive new helicopters will also be a valuable addition to Canada's tactical transport capability for many years to come."
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