A Burnaby manufacturer has been awarded a US$5.6 million contract with Boeing to help build helicopters for military missions, including counter-terrorism efforts and medical evacuation.
Weatherhhaven is a re-deployable shelter systems provider that will work with Boeing to modify special equipment shelters for 15 of Canada's CH-147F helicopters.
"We are delighted to be working with Boeing to provide this important service to the Canadian military," said Ray Castelli, Weatherhaven CEO, in a media release. "This is further proof that Canadian manufacturers have both the talent and design excellence to provide cutting-edge products for the aerospace and military markets."
The CH-147F medium-to-heavy lift helicopters are used in multi-mission military operations domestically and abroad. The fleet will be based out of the Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in Ontario.
"The CH-147F missions may include air mobile operations, special operations, casualty evacuation, tactical transport, medical evacuation, logistical transport, aid to civil power, counter-drug operations, counterterrorism operations, humanitarian assistance and peace-keeping support," according to the media release. "The helicopters - and Weatherhaven's shelter systems - will operate in extremes of weather on deployed operations throughout the world during day and night conditions."
Boeing was awarded a contract for 15 helicopters by the Canadian government in 2009, and deliveries are expected to begin this year.
- By Stefania Seccia, staff reporter