Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Industry and Business News .

Canada, Sikorsky argue over delayed maritime helos
by Staff Writers
Ottawa (UPI) Jul 22, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Canada and Sikorsky appear mired in a dispute over what the Canadian military needs under a $5 billion contract and what it is being offered by the U.S. helicopter manufacturer.

In what a former defense minister called "the worst procurement in the history of Canada," the government refused to accept maritime helicopters being offered by Sikorsky, arguing that the new aircraft don't meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Defense News reported.

Sikorsky is facing hefty government fines over delays in deliveries contracted under a 2004 deal for the supply of 28 Cyclone helicopters, Canadian media reported. Deliveries under the contract were supposed to have begun in 2009 but Sikorsky renegotiated the deal to reschedule the first delivery to June 2012, but that didn't happen.

The Cyclone, a maritime variant of Sikorsky's S-92, is to replace Canada's aging CH-124 Sea Kings, first deployed about 50 years ago. After the last delays in Cyclone deliveries, former Defense Minister Peter MacKay condemned the deal as "the worst procurement in the history of Canada."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government has been keen to blame the Sikorsky problems on previous Liberal administration, even as he took the rap for delays in other military procurement programs, including a planned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter purchase.

Independent consultants hired by Harper's government are looking into all major Canadian military deals after the F-35 fiasco.

The Sikorsky deal is especially under a spotlight because, officials say, the American company has not delivered a single helicopter that complies with Canadian specifications. The four helicopters offered in the interim were found to be incompatible with Canadian air force needs and were rejected.

The government has already faced sharp criticism from the Auditor General over the Cyclone acquisition. Officials in Canadian National Defense were openly reprimanded for failing to see risks related to cost and technical modifications of the aircraft.

Sikorsky is the prime contractor for the Cyclone project, while General Dynamics Canada Ltd. in Ottawa, and L-3 MAS, Mirabel, Quebec, are principal subcontractors.

Aviation Week said both the Department of National Defense and Sikorsky were still working at "the mess" of the Cyclone deal. Sikorsky says the four helicopters it offered are fit for training and it's on track to deliver the remaining 24.

The Cyclone, often described as a unique derivative of the commercial S-92, has had problems from the start with its design and later with its mission system.

Critics say further developments and modifications have changed the aircraft so much that it neither meets all the specifications the Canadian military wants incorporated into it nor bears resemblance to the original contract.


Related Links
Aerospace News at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Two Soviet-era fighter planes found on N. Korea ship
Panama City, Panama (AFP) July 22, 2013
Panamanian authorities have found two Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jets aboard a North Korea-flagged ship seized this month as it tried to pass through the Panama Canal after departing from Cuba. The supersonic jets were found alongside missile and other weapons parts concealed in a shipment of sugar, in what could constitute a violation of tough UN sanctions on Pyongyang. Cuba has claimed ... read more

World's cheapest computer gets millions tinkering

Thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers: TEPCO

Unusual material expands dramatically under pressure

Milikelvins drive droplet evaporation

US Navy Poised to Launch Lockheed Martin-Built Secure Communications Satellite for Mobile Users

Northrop Grumman Moves New B-2 Satellite Communications Concept to the High Ground

Canada links up on secure U.S. military telecoms network

Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Satellite Encapsulated In Launch Vehicle Payload Fairing

Both payloads for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 flight are now mated to the launcher

SpaceX Testing Complete at NASA Glenn's Renovated Facility

Alphasat stacks up

ESA Signs Off On Baseline Configuration Of Ariane 6

Lockheed Martin Delivers Antenna Assemblies For Integration On First GPS III Satellite

GPS III satellite antenna assemblies ready for installation

Lockheed Martin GPS III Prototype Validates Test Facilities For Future Flight Satellites

Distorted GPS signals reveal hurricane wind speeds

Canada, Sikorsky argue over delayed maritime helos

Russian 5G fighters boast cutting-edge life support systems

Northrop Grumman Selected by UK Ministry of Defence to Support Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Systems

Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th Targeting System for F-35

Broadband photodetector for polarized light

Intel profits slide as chipmaker repositions

NIST shows how to make a compact frequency comb in minutes

New analytical methodology can guide electrode optimization

NASA Releases Images of Earth Taken by Distant Spacecraft

e2v and Astrium sign contract for imaging sensors to equip the Sentinel 4 satellite

The First Interplanetary Photobomb

The Color of the Ocean: the SABIA-Mar Mission

Researchers estimate over two million deaths annually from air pollution

India pays a high economic price for pollution: study

Pollution costs India $80 bn a year: World Bank

S.Korea court orders US firms to pay up over Agent Orange

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement