Warplanes: Canada Improvises Gunships

Archives

December 2, 2008: Canada is sending several of its CH-146 transport helicopters to Afghanistan, to serve as armed escorts for the new CH-47 transports. Both models will be in action next year. The CH-146 is actually the Bell 412, which is in turn an updated version of the Bell 212, which is a civilian version of the 1960s era U.S. Army UH-1 ("Huey"). Built in Canada, the 5.3 ton CH-146s normally carry twelve troops, and no weapons. But such helicopters have been equipped with machine-guns and rockets. The CH-146s will be equipped with machine-guns (caliber and model unspecified) as well as sensors that will make it easier to operate at night and in bad weather. The CH-146 and the CH-47 have similar flight characteristics (both cruise at 220 kilometers an hour, and can stay in the air up to three hours per sortie.)

 


Article Archive

Warplanes: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close