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Canada Invests in Development of Next-Generation Helicopters

By R&WI Staff | April 17, 2018
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The EMS 429. Photo courtesy of Bell

Canada is investing in the nation's aerospace sector to advance innovation and create new jobs.

Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, announced during Aéro-Montréal’s Aerospace Innovation Forum. an investment of $49.5 million in an aerospace consortium led by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd.

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The funding will help Bell and 18 industry and academic partners develop technologies to be integrated into next-generation helicopters, which can fly with or without a crew on board, and fully autonomous aerial systems. Other innovations include technologies to make aircraft more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable as well as technology to reduce noise pollution.

The collaboration is projected to create or maintain more than 300 jobs in Canada and contribute almost $178 million to Canada’s GDP over the next five years.

The 18 industry and academic partners include Pratt & Whitney Canada, CMC Electronics, Esterline Technologies Corporation, several small and medium-sized businesses, and nine Canadian universities. Bell and its partners are investing more than $125 million in Canada’s aerospace industry through this project.

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