Leonardo 29 May 2018
Leonardo Helicopters’ Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) team was established to respond to the growing market demand of upgrading in-service fleets, thereby maintaining and improving the global competitiveness of Leonardo helicopter operators, both civil and military, providing targeted solutions to specific operational and mission requirements.
Furthermore, the MLU programs ensure continuing airworthiness; provide greater operational capability; improve the reliability and availability of the helicopter through the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies; and make continuous improvements to maintenance activities. Mid-Life Upgrades result in a reduced cost of ownership, the resolution of in-service obsolescence issues and the rationalization of the supply chain.
Team Cormorant was re-established in support of Canada’s CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Program (CMLU). Within the Team, Leonardo collaborates with IMP Aerospace & Defence, CAE, GE Canada and Rockwell Collins Canada. The CH-149 (Canadian designation of the AW101) Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopters have been operating in Canada since 2002, successfully performing search and rescue missions for an excess of 82,000 flight hours..
No other helicopter meets the stringent Canadian mission requirements like the AW101, which has continued over the years to improve its performance and capabilities due to its cutting-edge technologies, some of which have already been applied to the Cormorants.
Leonardo recently welcomed the Government of Canada’s intention to proceed with the CH-149 CMLU. (Press Release)
This comprehensive upgrade of Canada’s AW101 primary search and rescue helicopter fleet and fleet augmentation will be carried out by Leonardo with its Team Cormorant partners and other Canadian subcontractors.
The CH-149 CMLU will deliver unique mission capability to perform in all weather conditions typical of Canada. The Team Cormorant proposal includes a Full Mission Simulator (FMS) and other state-of-the-art training devices to meet Canadian training requirements for years to come.