CH-148 Cyclone

aircraft
Overview

The CH-148 Cyclone is one of the most capable maritime helicopters in the world. It is Canada’s main ship-borne maritime helicopter, and it provides air support to the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Cyclone can be used for surface and sub-surface surveillance, search and rescue missions, tactical transport and more. It can operate during the day or night and in most weather conditions to support missions in Canada and around the world.

Length 17.22 m
Length (folded configuration) 14.78 m
Rotor span 17.48 m
Height 5.44 m
Maximum Gross Weight 13,000 kg
Maximum speed 287 km/h
Range 740 km
Location(s)
  • Patricia Bay, B.C.
  • Shearwater, N.S.

News

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Motorcade procession for Captain Kevin Hagen’s homecoming

Captain Kevin Hagen will arrive home in Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, June 27.
June 25, 2020

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Homecoming motorcade procession for Captain Brenden MacDonald, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins

Captain Brenden MacDonald, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins will arrive home in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, June 25.
June 24, 2020

A photo montage of six people wearing green and black flight suits.

Canadian Armed Forces members recovered from Stalker 22 crash identified

On June 18, 2020, the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario identified the remains of four of the six Canadian Armed Forces members killed in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash of April 29.
June 22, 2020

A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter

Operational pause of CH-148 Cyclone fleet lifted

The Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, has lifted the operational pause on the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter fleet. 
June 16, 2020

The crests of the RCN and RCAF

Directorate of Flight Safety releases initial report on CH-148 Cyclone accident

On June 8, 2020, the Department of National Defence’s Airworthiness Investigative Authority issued its From the Investigator report in relation to the accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on Wednesday, 29 April 2020.
June 8, 2020

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CH148822 Cyclone - From the Investigator

The aircrew were tasked as part of Operation REASSURANCE to conduct a routine surface reconnaissance mission in the Ionian Sea followed by flight deck evolutions for aircrew proficiency upon recovery to HMCS Fredericton. During this final complex manoeuvring turn to close with the ship, the aircraft did not respond as the crew would have anticipated. This event occurred at a low altitude, was unrecoverable and the aircraft entered a high energy descent and impacted the water astern the ship. The aircraft was destroyed and all six occupants were fatally injured.
June 8, 2020

Recovery operation - EDT Hercules

Canadian Armed Forces response to the crash of Stalker 22

On April 29, 2020, six members of the Canadian Armed Forces were killed when a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed while conducting maritime surveillance operations.
June 1, 2020

The crests of the RCN and RCAF

HMCS Fredericton personnel and Stalker 22 located

In the early morning of May 27, 2020, a combined Canadian Armed Forces and United States Navy search and recovery team arrived at the CH-148 Cyclone crash site, which is approximately 220 nautical miles east of Catania, Sicily.
May 28, 2020

The crests of the RCN and RCAF

A joint statement from the commanders of the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force on the crash of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter

On April 30, 2020, Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, issued the following statement regarding the crash of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter.
April 30, 2020

A smiling man in a olive green flight suit holding a pilot’s helmet stands in front of a grey helicopter.

Our people: Major Matthew Dukowski heads up Air Detachment (Atlantic) for Operation Laser

“When things get bad, people look to us,” says Major Matthew Dukowski, Air Detachment (Atlantic) Commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
April 23, 2020

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