"The Worst Procurement in the History of Canada"

Solving the Maritime Helicopter Crisis
February 11, 2013
3.51 MB36 pages

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the entry into service of Canada’s Sea King helicopters, which despite their age and associated risks are still being relied upon by the Canadian Forces.

Twenty years have passed since Prime Minister Jean Chrétien cancelled the contract for EH-101s that were supposed to replace the Sea Kings. Ten years have passed since the Paul Martin government signed a contract for the CH-148 Cyclones with Sikorsky – and not a single fully operational Cyclone has been delivered to date.

This report provides historical context as well as suggest solutions to Canada’s ongoing difficulties in obtaining new helicopters for the Canadian Navy.