August 7, 1997 — GE Aircraft Engines has selected Canada’s ACRO Aerospace to assemble and test T700 turboshaft engines for Canada’s new search and rescue (SAR) helicopters.
The proposed agreement calls for ACRO to assemble and test up to 50 of the high-technology engines for the SAR helicopter. The complete terms of the agreement are contingent upon the outcome of the Canadian Search and Rescue Helicopter (CSH) competition and selection of a T700-powered aircraft.
Bill Sutherland, director of Government Programs for ACRO Aerospace, said, “Building engines for these helicopters, plus the potential additional work we may get if a T700-powered helicopter is chosen for the Canadian Navy’s Marine Helicopter Program, could provide up to $80 million dollars in revenue to ACRO over the next 20 years and increase employment. In addition, becoming an assembly facility for new engines will bring new production capability to ACRO.”
ACRO Aerospace, a division of Canadian Helicopters Limited, is a unique aviation center, currently employing 317, that provides comprehensive support for a variety of helicopters, including engines, rotor blades, structures, and dynamic components. Located in Richmond, British Columbia, ACRO Aerospace has served as an engine overhaul and repair facility for 20 years.
GE Canada, which is to provide management for the engine program, employs more than 9,500 Canadians in a wide range of technology, consumer, and financial services businesses.