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Offline kj_gully

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Re: Cormorant problems
« Reply #75 on: May 23, 2012, 17:12:30 »
that's funny I was just saying today maybe we should replace the Griffons in Trenton with US 101-  similar to Voyageur/Labrador  maybe?

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Re: Cormorant problems
« Reply #76 on: May 23, 2012, 18:39:36 »
Given the reports of AgustaWestland paying a for-profit Ornge related company $6.7M or so after the not for profit publicly funded Ornge bought their helicopters, I would be leery of directing any additional public dollars to the company until a full investigation is completed.

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Re: Cormorant problems
« Reply #77 on: November 10, 2013, 22:08:09 »
Here is some news from Norway  via  defense

AgustaWestland to Final Negotiations   
(Source: Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security; issued Nov. 8, 2013)

Like Canada, Norway has selected the AgustaWestland AW101 to meet its requirement for a Search And Rescue helicopter to replace the elderly Sea King. Plans call for the first helicopter to enter service in 2017, and for deliveries to be completed by 2020. (AW photo)
 The Norwegian Government has decided to commence final negotiations with the company AgustaWestland Ltd. for the delivery of new search and rescue helicopters to replace the current Sea King.

 "I am very pleased that we are now coming forward in the acquisition process for the new search and rescue helicopters," the Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen states.

 The Ministry of Justice and Public Security has today informed the four bidders Eurocopter, NHI, Sikorsky and AgustaWestland Ltd. that the latter is chosen as the preferred bidder for new SAR helicopters with related equipment and maintenance solutions to replace the current Sea King.

 The aim is that the contract following final negotiations will be concluded by the end of the year. The contract includes 16 new SAR helicopters with an option for further 6, and ensures that the Sea King will be phased out across the country by the end of 2020.

 AgustaWestland AW 101 is the candidate that in total, after intensive negotiations, best meets the demands for Norway's future SAR helicopter.

 The new helicopters will be able to relieve significantly more people in distress, be noticeably faster and with longer range than today - under virtually all weather conditions.

 Additionally, search capability and the possibility for medical treatment are significantly improved.

 The acquisition process started on 21 October 2011 with the announcement of prequalification. Tender documents were released on 12. July 2012 and the offers was received from four bidders on 18 December the same year.

 Introduction of the new SAR helicopters will start in 2017. In 2020, the new helicopters will have replaced the Sea King throughout the country.

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Re: Cormorant problems
« Reply #78 on: July 06, 2014, 12:31:12 »
DND hamstrung in efforts to convert former US presidential helicopters
CTV News
04 July 2014

OTTAWA -- Newly released documents say converting President Barack Obama's fleet of surplus helicopters for use in Canadian search-and-rescue would break a promise that National Defence made to acquire the aircraft in the first place.

Former defence minister Peter MacKay last year ordered the air force to re-examine whether any of the brand-new VH-71 helicopters, purchased to supply spare parts for Canada's Cormorant choppers, could be made operational.

He was at the time dealing with the fallout from an auditor general's report, which tore a strip off the Harper government over the state of the search-and-rescue system.

Documents show that even though MacKay became justice minister last year, he continued to champion the conversion idea, raising it with his successor Rob Nicholson last fall.

A briefing note prepared for Nicholson shows that converting the VH-71s for operational service would violate a written National Defence pledge that they would only be used for spares.

Although the air force appeared cool to MacKay's suggestion last year, it did assess the feasibility of putting some of the nine choppers back in the air and has not completely ditched the idea.