A new report released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls on the Canadian government to fix the long-running maritime helicopter procurement fiasco.
The project to replace the Navy’s Sea King helicopters with the Sikorsky Cyclone has been incredibly long and expensive. And it’s not over yet.
More details have emerged about the controversial Maritime Helicopter Program, which looks more and more like a money pit.
Before the F-35 fiasco, there was the Maritime Helicopter Program, another disastrous, wasteful military procurement program. Whatever happened to that program? As David Pugliese reported earlier this month (“Sikorsky hasn’t paid $8M fine for late helicopter delivery,” Ottawa Citizen, 3 January 2012), we’re still waiting to get something out of it: The original plan called […]
I contributed to this CTV news report today on the government’s acquisition of helicopters for Afghanistan. When our report on Canadian casualties was released in 2006, many people felt that helicopters would save lives. But as I did then, today I pointed out that helicopters are vulnerable too, and many coalition troops have been killed […]