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CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade

Project Type

Project Extension


This project will extend the estimated life expectancy of the CH149 Cormorant to at least 2042, address obsolescence issues, ensure compliance with emerging regulations, and address a search and rescue capability deficiency at the Trenton Main Operating Base. These objectives will be achieved by way of updates and upgrades to the existing CH149 Cormorant fleet, augmentation of the fleet, and improvements to maintenance regimes and training.


This project will determine the most appropriate option to extend existing capability by assessing supportability and performance issues of the current CH149 Cormorant in areas such as avionics, communications, corrosion management and patient treatment area. Search and rescue capabilities are expected to be enhanced with the introduction of an electro-optic and an infrared search capability. Aircraft sustainment may be improved in accordance with current Integrated Logistic Support analysis and anticipated failure rates. Training devices and publications are also expected to be updated and upgraded to provide initial cadre, conversion and steady state training of aircrew and maintainers.

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Funding Range

$1 billion to $4.99 billion

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Options Analysis Phase
Definition Phase
Implementation Phase
In Progress
Initial Delivery
Final Delivery

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

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