09/30/2010. Developed version of the Sikorsky S-92, the CH-148 is being developed for the Canadian Armed Forced as a CH-124 Sea King replacement. The multi-mission maritime helicopter is equipped with a fully digital, fly-by-wire system, for ship-based operations it is equipped with automatic blade and tail fold systems and a deck to aircraft recovery assist system. Missions include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and troop and cargo transport.
The type was ordered on November 23, 2004, and the first of 28 examples was to be delivered to Canada in February 2009. After a long delay the pictured first aircraft was flown by Sikorsky Test Pilots John Armbrust and Rick Becker at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center at West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, on November 15, 2008. Fifteen months later, February 19, 2010, it started Ship/Helicopter Operational Limitations trials at CAF Shearwater. Reportedly the CH-124 Sea King replacement program is running 30 months behind schedule.