Canada will expand its CH-149 Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopter force with at least two more aircraft as the fleet undergoes a mid-life update, defense minister Harjit Sajjan has announced. The additional two aircraft, bumping the fleet from 14 to 16, likely will be converted from the VH-71 Kestrel helicopters originally purchased by the U.S. for the Presidential VH-XX VIP helicopter program that had been canceled after running over budget. Nine Kestrels—which like the CH-149 ...


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