On May 30, the Government of Canada announced a contract for Bell Textron Canada to extend the life the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fleet of 85 CH‑146 Griffon helicopters until the mid-2030s.
Since 1992 when the Griffon procurement was originally awarded, Bell has remained a key partner to the Canadian Air Force. For the past 30 years, our team has deployed across the country to support the fleet, and we are proud the government has shown, once again, their trust in a truly Canadian company like Bell.
Marc Bigaouette, director, Canadian Government Programs
As the original manufacturer of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters, Bell is best suited to assess and define necessary design changes and associated repairs to the 85 aircraft in the fleet. Under the nearly $800 million CAD contract, Bell in Canada will perform modifications on the first nine helicopters in the Mirabel facility, then manage a competitive process to subcontract suppliers to perform modifications on the remaining 76 helicopters.
Bell intends to source a a broad base of Canadian industry partners to support the modifications of more than 80% of the fleet, ensuring the skills and capacity to sustain the Griffon remains indigenous to Canada. Bell’s Calgary Supply Centre continues its critical role in ensuring supply security for the fleet.
The Griffon fleet is the largest helicopter fleet in the RCAF’s inventory and has deployed internationally to support humanitarian, peacekeeping and coalition combat operations as part of the United Nations and NATO. Domestically, the fleet has supported civilian authorities in firefighting, lifesaving, and security missions.