Griffon Helicopter INGRESS – Industry/GoC News Release – July 2008
INGRESS — Interoperable
Griffon Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance System: Two Contract Award
Update: 26 Nov 2008 – MND Peter MacKay announced
that eight INGRESS Griffons will go to Kandahar in early 2009. On 14 July 2008, a $25.9M contract was awarded to L-3 Wescam to act as the
INGRESS prime contractor. The contract includes supply of nineteen Wescam MX-15 True HD electro-optical
turrets and associated equipment.
INGRESS – New Electro-Optical Eyes for the Griffons but any Afghan Deployment?
A contract has been awarded to L-3 Wescam to supply 19 MX-15 True HD to satisfy DND's
INGRESS (Inter- operable Griffon
Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance System ) Project. The MX-15 True HD
electro-optical/ infrared sensor offers full high-definition video (ie: 1080 lines of vertical resolution vs other
HD systems' 720 p ). The 19 INGRESS MX-15 True HD systems will replace
obsolescent AN/AAQ-501 E/O turrets (left) now in use on Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon
utility helicopters. Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, makers of the CH-146s, will modify 64 Griffons to
accept the INGRESS package.
As with the current Griffon E/O arrangement, all CH-146s will be able to mount the new system but, obviously,
only 19 helicopters will be so fitted at any given time. Three of the INGRESS mission kits will be required for
training and familiarization. Fifteen of the INGRESS sets will be available for operational/deployed helicopters.
Some of these 15 sets will stay in Canada for use on security operations, others will go to
It had been rumoured that Griffons would deploy to Kandahar in the summer of 2008. With the
CH-146's marginal hot-and-high performance, it seems unlikely that Griffons will be sent now at
the height of Afghan summer heat. Of course, the Griffon could be deployed without INGRESS but that
seems improbable. Plans are now to send Griffons with INGRESS sometime in 2009. According to the
INGRESS LOI, February 2009 was the required date for "Initial Operational Capability to conduct
ISR tasks." Wescam is to deliver the first system in November 2008 (and the last by summer 2009).
Prototype installation and 'on-aircraft' tests must then be performed by BHTCL at
An L-3 Wescam INGRESS press release follows with a PWGSC press release below.
PRESS RELEASE - 07-14-08
L-3 Wescam to provide High Definition Imaging Systems for INGRESS Griffons
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14, 2008 – L-3 Wescam announced today
that it has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $25 million by Public Works and Government
Services Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), to provide High Definition
Imaging systems in support of the Interoperable Griffon Reconnaissance Escort Surveillance
System (INGRESS) Project. System deliveries will begin in late 2008 and will be completed in the 2009 timeframe.
Engineering, Installation and Airworthiness Certification support for the Canadian Forces (CH-146) Griffon
heli- copter fleet will be completed by the CH-146 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Bell Helicopter Textron
Canada Limited (BHTCL).
"Wescam with its Canadian team members [originally an independant Canadian firm, Wescam was
taken over by US L-3 Communications in 2002] are honoured to provide the INGRESS solution to support the
Canadian missions at home and in theatre," said Paul Jennison, L-3 Wescam vice president, government
sales and business develop- ment. "Wescam has been providing IR imaging solutions [in the form of
the Wescam Model 16SS-A or AN/AAQ-501] to the Griffon dates since 1993. Our new solution will give the
Canadian Forces the leading-edge imaging technology needed to strengthen their mission capabilities and
elevate their overall situational awareness."
Wescam will provide equipment in two configurations to support the Canadian Forces in both ISR and Escort
operations with real- time, long-range situational awareness. [INGRESS] Equipment
includes Wescam's MX-15 True HD stabilized EO/IR [electro-
optical/infrared ] cameras along with digital HD recorders, HD displays,
multi-functional moving map displays, tactical video downlinks and display consoles. These
systems are comprised of the latest generation commercial-off-the-shelf technology that will provide imagery
and geospatial data [ for map overlays ] in day, night and diverse environments
– including urban, rural, and desert. These sensor systems will be compliant
to very stringent NATO ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] interoperability architecture standards,
and be configured in roll-on/ roll-off integrated mission kits.
Government of Canada Press
Release - 14 July 2008
Government of Canada Invests in Equipment for the [Canadian]
Contract Awarded for [ CH-146 Griffon INGRESS ]
GATINEAU, Quebec, July 14, 2008 – The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public
Works and Government Services Canada and Secretary of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Peter
Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today
announced the Government has awarded a contract to L-3 Wescam Inc., Burlington, Ontario, for an electro-optical and
infrared sensor system to be installed on the CH-146 Griffon helicopter. This procure- ment has a value, including
options, of $25.9 million, including G.S.T.
"This contract will provide the Canadian Forces with an excellent surveillance system, while ensuring best
value for Canadian taxpayers," said Minister Paradis." The equip- ment procured through this project
will enable the [CH-146] Griffon helicopter with the capability to provide escort and surveillance support to
"The government is committed to providing the men and women of
the Canadian Forces with the best equipment," said Minister
MacKay. "This system will ensure continued success on missions both in
Canada and abroad, thereby safeguarding the rights and freedoms enjoyed by all Canadians."
Known as the Interoperable Griffon Reconnaissance Escort
Surveillance System (INGRESS), the project involves the procurement of a common electro-optical/infrared
sensor system that can be installed on the CH-146 Griffon along with equipment that will
allow for the operation of the sensor for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnais- sance (ISR) and
[ transport helicopter and convoy ] Escort tasks.
A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) for INGRESS was issued on MERX, the govern- ment's electronic
tendering service [GETS], on April 16, 2008. The RFP closed on May 23, 2008. The evaluation of bids was
concluded on June 2, 2008, in accordance with the plan detailed in the RFP to determine the