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Bell Helicopter Awarded $640M Contract to Support Canadian Forces

Bell Helicopter has been awarded a 10-year, $640M (CAN) support services contract for the Canadian Forces CH146 Griffon fleet.

This contract, known as the CH146 Optimized Weapon System Support (OWSS) contract includes aspects of management services, engineering and technical publications, aircraft maintenance services and spare and consumable parts. The initial contract will be followed by four one-year options, to be exercised at the Government of Canada’s discretion. If exercised, these four one-year options bring the total possible contract value to $935M (CAN).

OWSS combines three existing contracts providing engineering support, repair and overhaul (R&O) support and supply support for the Griffon program. Under the new OWSS contract, Bell Helicopter will assume greater responsibility for managing the CH146 program including:

  • Increased airworthiness responsibility

  • Responsibility for selected first and second line maintenance activities

  • Increased material support management

The execution of the contract will occur out of Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel facility and its Canadian Supply Center in Calgary. Bell Helicopter will work with its extensive Canadian aerospace supply base, including authorized Customer Service Facilities, to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for the support contract.