AIAC congratulates Bell Helicopter Textron on Government of Canada contract that supports Canadian forces and maintains jobs

Prime Minister Harper announces maintenance contract for Canada's fleet of CH-146 Griffon Helicopters which maintains 300 high-value aerospace jobs in Montréal and Calgary

OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) today congratulates Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTCL) on the announcement that it has secured an important maintenance  contract - the Optimized Weapons Support System (OWSS) contract - which will maintain 300 highly-skilled jobs in Montréal and Calgary and remain in effect until the expected retirement of the Griffon helicopter fleet in 2021.

The OWSS contract covers repair and overhaul, parts provisioning, support services and engineering services for the CH-146 Griffon helicopter fleet.  Additional sub-contracts will be awarded across Canada over the next decade for support services to be carried out at various military bases.

"This contract is further proof of the strategic importance of Canada's aerospace sector and the role it plays in support of the brave women and men of the Canadian forces.  Moreover, our sector remains committed to help secure and drive economic prosperity for Canadians," stated Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, President and CEO of the AIAC. 

Dr. Lajeunesse added, "Prime Minister Harper's visit to the Montréal region today, which is home to the third largest aerospace industry cluster in the world, sends another clear, positive and welcome signal of his government's belief in and partnership with the people and companies in our sector."

Ranked fifth largest in the world, the aerospace Industry in Canada directly employs more than 80,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast and over 150,000 Canadians through indirect and induced employment, according to a comprehensive study concluded by Deloitte consulting last fall.  In addition, more than 45 per cent of direct aerospace jobs are located in the greater Montréal area which is home to the third largest aerospace industry cluster in the world.

The AIAC is the national association representing Canada's aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world's fifth largest aerospace industry, Canada's aerospace sector generated over $22 billion and employed nearly 80,000 Canadians in 2009. Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian aerospace products were exported. AIAC represents the interests of 400 aerospace companies across Canada.

SOURCE Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

For further information:

Maryse Harvey,Vice-President Public Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada,

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