No matter where their duties take them, the men and women of the Canadian Forces know they can rely on the CH‑146 Griffon helicopter to get them there and back safely. From providing tactical airlift to soldiers to rescuing civilians in the High Arctic and providing support during natural disasters here at home, Canada’s Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter (UTTH) has served faithfully.
In service with the Royal Canadian Air Force since 1995, the Griffon's primary role is tactical transportation of troops and material. It is also used at home and abroad for search and rescue (SAR) missions, surveillance and reconnaissance, casualty evacuation and counter-drug operations.
The Griffon can also be equipped with a Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, a Wescam MX-15 electro-optical imaging system, a powerful Nitesun searchlight, and armoured floors and crew seats, helping the crew to accomplish their various missions. A variety of self defence weapons can also be fitted for deployed operations.
The aircraft can carry up to 13 people (two pilots, a flight engineer and 10 passengers) and has a maximum gross weight of nearly 5,400 kilograms. The Griffon can reach speeds up to 260 kilometres per hour.