This Background Index previously focused on the Canadian
Forces medium-lift tactical helicopters required for Afghanistan. That medium-lift role has now been filled through
the purchase of six ex-US Army CH-147D Chinooks. At
the end of Canada's Afghan mission, remaining CH-146s – one CF Chinook is said to have been lost
to enemy action – are to be sold back to the US government. Those 'D models will be replaced by CH-147F MHLH (Medium-to Heavy-Lift Helicopters).
In earlier Background pages, we covered CF options and
alternatives to hard-to get Chinooks. With CH-147s in place with Canada's JTF-Afghanistan Air
Wing in Kandahar, those alternatives became moot and the pages have been removed.
Canadian Forces Helicopters Roles
There are now only three major helicopter roles for the Canadian Forces – utility, filled by the Canadian
Forces Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter (CFUTTH) in the form of Bell CH-146 Griffons ; Medium-to
Heavy-Lift Helicopters (MHLH) in the form of CH-147 Chinooks; and Maritime Helicopters in the form of
the in- service CH-124 Sea Kings and their pending replacements, the CH-148 Cyclone.
Canadian Forces Maritime Helicopters
Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King Prior to the
purchase of the six CH-147Ds, there were rumours that CF Sea Kings might deploy to Kandahar. We reviewed the
CH-124 's variants, defensive aids, and troop-carrier conversion. We also covered rumours
(unfounded) that the CH-124 would be upgraded with Carson
Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
The CH-148 maritime helicopter's procurement history is torturous. one winner of the Maritime Helicopter
Maritime Helicopter Project (Procurement Documents)
Maritime Helicopter Training Centre ( MHTC )
at CFB Shearwater
CH-148 Cyclone – Delays
and Contract Adjustments GoC news release
Sikorsky H-92 (CH-148 Cyclone) US
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Notice
 There are, of course, minor roles for each helicopter type. In the case of the CH-146, this
includes base rescue (in SAR yellow) and 'CT-146 Outlaw' trainers.