CH-146 Griffon


CH-146 Griffon



The CH-146 Griffon is a Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter (UTTH) that has been in service since 1995.

The Griffon's primary role is tactical transportation of troops and material. It is also used at home and abroad for:

  • search and rescue (SAR) missions
  • surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Army training
  • casualty evacuation
  • counter-drug operations

The CH-146 has also played a key role in many humanitarian relief operations. While deployed on Operation ATHENA, the Griffon helped reduce the risk of exposing personnel to ambushes, land mines and improvised explosive devices.

Griffons based at 8 Wing Trenton are also used in SAR missions. They can be equipped with a hoist that enables them to extract people and a cargo hook that lets them transport cargo from almost any terrain.

The Griffon can also be equipped with:

  • a Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) system
  • a Wescam MX-15 electro-optical imaging system
  • a powerful Nitesun searchlight
  • armoured floors and crew seats

A variety of self-defence weapons can also be fitted for deployed operations.

The aircraft can carry up to 13 people (two pilots, a flight engineer and 10 passengers) and has a maximum gross weight of nearly 5,400 kilograms. The Griffon can reach speeds up to 260 kilometres per hour.

Named OperationsYearLocationHow aircraft was employed
PRESENCE Ongoing Mali Provide armed escorts for the CH-147 Chinook.
IMPACT 2016 -Ongoing Iraq, Syria As part of Canada’s contribution to the Global Coalition, carries troops, equipment and supplies in theatre near Erbil, Iraq. Capable of performing casualty evacuations.
LENTUS 2017 Canada Transported equipment, personnel and supplies to assist in flood relief efforts in several regions of Quebec.
NEVUS Annually Canada Transports personnel and supplies to Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, to conduct maintenance of the Grant High Arctic Data Communications System (HADCS).
RENAISSANCE 13-1 2013 Philippines

Following the typhoon that hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013, the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was deployed to provide humanitarian support.

Provided mobility, coordination and medical evacuation to typhoon stricken Philippines.

Conducted a total of 184 sorties (totalling 357 flying hours) and transported 828 passengers.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications

Aircraft Description

The CH‑146 Griffon is a Utility Transport Tactical Helicopter (UTTH) used primarily for tactical transport of troops and material. It can also be used for search and rescue (SAR) missions, and humanitarian relief operations. The Griffon features GPS satellite navigation and Doppler radar systems. It can be equipped with a hoist that enables it to extract people and cargo from almost any terrain.


17.1 m

Rotor span

14 m


4.6 m

Empty Weight

3,500 kg

Maximum Weight

5,400 kg


Pratt & Whitney’s PT6T‑3D engine

Max. Speed

260 km/h


656 km


2 pilots, 1 flight engineer

Max. Passengers


Year(s) procured

1995 to 1997

Quantity in CF



Bagotville, QC
Borden, ON
Cold Lake, AB
Edmonton, AB
Gagetown, NB
Goose Bay, NL
Petawawa, ON
St. Hubert, QC
Trenton, ON
Valcartier, QC



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