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Leonardo awarded €690 million contract

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Leonardo awarded €690 million contract

Leonardo awarded €690 million contract
January 05
09:50 2023
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Yeovil-based Leonardo, one of the UK’s leading aerospace companies and one of biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment to the UK MoD, has been awarded a C$1 billion (€690 million) contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence for the AW101/CH-149 ‘Cormorant’ Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) Project for 16 aircraft in total, comprising 13 existing Cormorant Search and Rescue Helicopter (CSH) currently in-service and the augmentation of a further three aircraft. This contract will enhance the aircraft’s systems and technologies, ensure compliance with emerging airspace requirements, extend the life expectancy of the fleet to 2042+ and enable the return of Cormorant helicopters to the Main Operating Base (MOB) Trenton.

After distinguished 20-years of service life, the CH-149 Cormorant fleet will now undergo a mid-life upgrade, further to Team Cormorant’s proposition. The team is a collaboration of Leonardo and is supported by its principle Canadian subcontractor IMP Aerospace and Defence together with GE Canada, and Collins Aerospace Canada. The majority of the CMLU work will be performed in Canada, primarily at IMP’s Halifax, N.S. facilities.

The CMLU Project will include; state-of-the-art avionics, a new glass cockpit, more powerful digitally-controlled engines, wireless in-cabin communications, the latest SAR sensors including Electro Optical Infra-Red device and Mobile Phone Detection Location System –enabling less search and more rescue.

Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo, commented: “Leonardo is proud to lead with our Team Cormorant partners the AW101/CH-149 ‘Cormorant’ Search and Rescue helicopter fleet upgrade as announced by the Canadian Government. With the Cormorant helicopter the Government is getting the right equipment for the Canadian Forces, at the best price for Canadians, with the right benefits for Canadian industry.”

Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters, stated: “The AW101/CH-149 ‘Cormorant’ Search and Rescue helicopter fleet will provide the Royal Canadian Air Force with the sustainment of a robust, high-tech all weather SAR capability across Canada. The CMLU programme through Team Cormorant will reduce the cost of fleet ownership, while further increasing reliability, capability and safety for Canadian people.”

Leonardo makes a significant contribution to the UK economy with revenues of £1.9 billion, around 45% of which are in export. The company operates from 7 main sites across the UK employing over 7,500 people.

 

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