Former U.S. presidential helicopters may be pressed into service in Canada

American presidential helicopters bought by Canada six years ago are part of a bid likely to be worth more than $1 billion to upgrade the avionics on the country’s aging Cormorant search and rescue helicopters.

Tom Galley, executive vice president of IMP Aerospace & Defence, says the nine American presidential helicopters were part of a $164-million deal clinched in 2011 which included a lot of spare helicopter parts.

The value to Canada has so far been primarily in those parts. They have been used to service Canada’s Cormorant search and rescue fleet.

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