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Sikorsky CH-148 CYCLONE

Based on proven BLACK HAWK technology, the Sikorsky H-92 SUPERHAWK is built for the rigors of military missions. With its large cabin, survivable design and enhanced range, the SUPERHAWK does it all. It can perform austere to all-weather operations in arctic cold, ice, desert heat, at temperatures anywhere from -40ºC to +55ºC, day and night. The SUPERHAWK is ready to serve all branches of the military in a broad range of missions.

The Canadian Government decided on the purchase of 28 of the Superhawk Helicopters to replace the CH-124 Sea King's on board HMC Ships. The Cyclone as the aircraft is to be called will assume all the roles of the Sea King, including anti-submarine warfare, beyond visual identification, search and rescue, as well as ship to shore delivery. The Cyclone was the result of a prolonged procurment process that lasted over 20 years. The Cyclone beat out the only other competitor in another version of the CH-149 Cormorant. The Canadian Forces will be the first military customer for the aircraft and the first to use it as a shipborne aircraft.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg: CH-148
Manufacturer: Sikorsky
Crew / Passengers: two pilots, flight engineer and several weapons systems officers.
Power Plant(s): two General Electric CT7-8A engines, each producing a maximum of 2,520 shaft horsepower.
Performance: Max Speed: 306 km/h Cruising Speed: 282 km/h
Weights: Gross Weight Maximum: 28,300 lb (12,837 kg)
External Hook Capacity 10,000 lb (4,535 kg)
Dimensions: Rotor Dia: 56 ft 48 in (17.7 m) Length: 68 ft 6 in (20.888 m) Height: 15 ft 5 in ( 4.71 m)
Armament: Torpedoes, Self-Defense Gun
Sikorsky H-92 prototype to be named CH-148 Cyclone in Canadian Service (Sikorsky Photo)

Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone

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