I think the purchase cost for 100 units was 1 Billion dollars, ( could be wrong I could not find an actual price so going from memory here)
85 units still in serve. Some have crashed, some were sold off to a flight training school.
January 2011, a $640-million repair and overhaul contract went to BHTC of Mirabel, Quebec. Officially known as the CH-146 Optimized Weapon System Support
(OWSS) contract, it combined three previous contracts for Bell to provide engineering support, repair and overhaul, and supply support. The 10-year contract was intended to keep the helicopters flying through to potential retirement in 2021 and possibly push that out to 2025
Some 16 months after the Bell award, L-3 WESCAM
of Burlington, Ontario, secured a 3-year contract
for up to $10 million, with two optional 1-year extensions, for routine maintenance, repair and overhaul of the fleet’s electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging sensors which enable the Griffon to operate as an escort or support Army operations day or night surveillance, a key factor during Operation Athena in Afghanistan.
At a cost of $500 million to $1.5 billion, DND is planning that the Griffon Limited Life Extension In-Service Support
(GLLE), will, among other things “replace obsolete cockpit instrumentation and radios with components that are supportable to 2030 and possibly beyond.” The final delivery, according to the 2015 Defence Acquisition Guide
, is expected to be 2024 (three years after obsolescence and facing ever-increasing operations and maintenance costs due to the age of the platform).
On the other hand, the Tactical Reconnaissance Utility Helicopter
(TRUH) program, which is intended to replace the aging Griffons with more capacity and capabilities, at a cost of more than $1.5 billion, has the Definition Approval date set for 2021, and specifies the first delivery in 2026.
How much money is going to be spent before these helicopters are life cycled out and still flying like the SeaKings before they are finally replaced?
I like the made in Canada ticket being punched but we could save a pile of cash by getting a helicopter thru one of many NATO countries purchase plans, and just tacking on a few birds on to one of their orders. Common parts, common training and most of have more upgrade military spec air frame. Not upgrade to military spec frame. But what do I know I only dreamed of flying till proven to be colour blind ( CV3)