Griffon helicopters limited-life extension

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Project at a glance

Extending the service life of Canada’s CH-146 Griffon helicopter fleet
  • Definition and prototype work required to upgrade the fleet, through the existing maintenance contract with the manufacturer
  • Implementation of the upgrades on the remaining aircraft, through a new recently awarded contract
Contact value
Nearly $800 million
Working with the manufacturer to determine work required and to prototype upgrades on up to 3 of Canada’s 85 Griffon helicopters
Next steps
Bell Textron Canada Limited (BTCL) will manage a competitive process to source qualified suppliers to install the required upgrades on the remaining Griffon helicopters

Project description

The Government of Canada is extending the life of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of 85 CH-146 Griffon helicopters into the 2030s. This project will be carried-out in 2 phases.

Phase 1: Definition

Leveraging the existing maintenance contract with Bell Textron Canada Limited (BTCL), the original equipment manufacturer of the Griffon helicopter, to define the scope of work required to extend the life of the Griffon fleet. This phase also involves engineering and prototyping the required upgrades on up to 3 of Canada’s 85 aircraft.

Phase 2: Implementation

Leveraging the awarded contract to the manufacturer to carry out the required upgrades on the 82 remaining aircraft, on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy applies to this procurement.

Procurement progress

Definition (2019 to 2022)

Implementation (2022 to 2027)


Government of Canada announces contract to extend life of Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of 85 CH‑146 Griffon helicopters (May 30, 2022).

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