Sikorsky integrates competitive economic analysis against Leonardo in Canada

Canada has launched a consultation to evaluate options for the modernization or replacement of its 14 Leonardo Cormorant helicopters, derived from the EH-101 Merlin, carrying out search and rescue missions.

While Leonardo has, very logically, proposed an offer to modernize existing aircraft, the American Sikorsky is offering a version of its S-92, announcing that its offer will cost less to Canadian public financesthan the simple modernization of Leonardo's helicopters.

Indeed, according to the American manufacturer, the envelope integrating the purchase of the devices and the costs of maintenance and maintenance in operational condition concerning the S-92 will be lower than the costs of modernization, maintenance and maintenance in operational condition of the Cormorant.

It should be noted that in recent decades, maintenance and operational maintenance costs have increased significantly. While an F-16 or a Mirage 2000 only cost $5000 in maintenance per flight hour at the end of the 90s, this reaches $15.000 today for a Rafale, $20.000 for one Typhoon, up to $60.000 for the F-35. The same goes for helicopters and armored vehicles. This variable has become essential in the sustainability of the investment, and therefore in the sizing of the military force, to the point of sometimes producing effects opposite to those sought. Indeed, if the technology is supposed to provide performance and versatility, it cannot compensate for low availability or too small a fleet. From then on, the effective operational capacity of military forces, particularly European military forces, tended to significantly depreciate.

By favoring the mixture of advanced technological equipment and equipment of older generations but at reasonable costs, Russia and China have been able to combine technological use to create a breakthrough or as a force multiplier coefficient, and equipment modernized older generations available in large numbers and at reduced costs, to create saturation and superiority.

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