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  1. DND recently stated that they awarded a contract to Bell Helicopters do a study, to enhance the capability of the Griffon, to last DND until sometime in the 2030s. The original UH-1N (military certified with military parts) Bell-manufactured helicopters that were replaced by the Griffons (B412) ( FAA certified parts for civilian use) with updated power components and were bought to replace the outdated UH-1N. The UH-1N's were owned by the US State Department and returned. The Canadian Government bought civilian B412 FAA and TC approved helicopter from Bell Helicopter, of the shelf, added military equipment and called them Griffons. We also own Chinooks and the Griffons are supposed to protect the Chinooks, ha, ha. The Chinooks outpace the Griffons. Back in the days that we owned Chinooks, originally before the brainless people at DND decided to sell them to the Dutch, we only had the Griffons to send to Afganistan and whatever we could contract. We ended up borrowing Chinooks from the Dutch. NOW, they want to update a Vietnamese airframe that is already outdated. Airbus has been producing helicopters more suited to Canadian applications than Bell. The H145 is a more versatile helicopter suited to the Military with its adaptability to more configurations and fully modern capabilities, plus millions of proven flight hours. There is always the possibility that Airbus could build an assembly plant in North Grenville, just south of Ottawa on route 416, between Petawawa and Montreal. The Canadian Government is already giving grants to Stars Helicopters (EMS) and the RCMP just received their H145 for BC. DND, look before you leap and issue an ITB to the industry.
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