Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone is a multi-purpose deck helicopter developed in 2008 by the American company Sikorsky Aircraft, commissioned by the Canadian armed forces.
The development of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter was carried out by American engineers based on the Sikorsky S-92 transport helicopter model, however, aircraft manufacturers borrowed only some elements of the original design, and in general, the helicopters of the two models are radically different from each other, and this refers to the external mind, and technical capabilities.
The Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter can be used as an anti-submarine aircraft, which can detect enemy submarines and destroy them using torpedoes that are armed with it, as well as a vehicle or search and rescue helicopter.
It is necessary to clarify that, even though the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter passed the first and quite successful tests back in 2008 the serial production of these aircraft was established only in 2014, which was associated with several technical and financial problems with the direct manufacturer.
Depending on the intended purpose of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, it can accommodate up to 26 people, including 4 crew members and 22 armed military personnel, while the combat version usually includes only 10 people (4 pilots and 6 military personnel). Also, the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter is well suited for the transportation of various kinds of cargo, in particular, this aircraft can take up to 4923 kilograms of payload on board, while the maximum range of the aircraft is 780 kilometers, which is also quite a satisfactory indicator.
Among other things, the Canadian armed forces have repeatedly involved this aircraft in search and rescue operations, which once again emphasizes the multi-purpose purpose of this helicopter.
As a power plant in a helicopter model, Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone uses two gas turbine aircraft engines General Electric CT7-8A7, which total power is 6000 hp. The maximum flight speed of the aircraft can be up to 305 km \ h. while cruising – 255 km \ h.
Today, the main and only operator of Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters in Canada, which has 6 aircraft of this model at its disposal (according to 2015 data), while in the coming years it is planned to put another 22 airplanes here a vessel of this type.
- Crew: 4 people;
- Capacity: 22 people (depending on the destination);
- Length: 20.9 m.;
- Height: 4.7 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 17.7 m.;
- Empty helicopter mass: 7070 kg .;
- Maximum take-off weight: 12993 kg.;
- Cruising speed: 255 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight speed: 305 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight range: 780 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 4570 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-8A7;
- Power: 2 × 3000 hp