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GE Aerospace, StandardAero supporting power behind Royal Canadian Air Force’s Multi-Mission Aircraft requirement

September 26, 2023

WINNIPEG – GE Aerospace and StandardAero are joining together to support the Boeing P-8A Poseidon for Canada’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirement. If selected, the CFM56-7B engines that power the P-8 will benefit from the full scope of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capability of StandardAero in Winnipeg, ensuring the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) meets its mission objectives with a proven, capable multi-mission aircraft supported from Canada.

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon is based on the 737-800 ERX; the two CFM56-7B engines that power them are produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines.

According to an independent study by economists at Ottawa-based Doyletech Corporation, selection of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon for Canada’s Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirement would generate annual benefits of nearly 3,000 jobs and $358 million in economic output to Canada. 

StandardAero has been a licensed MRO provider for CFM56 engines since 2010 and has overhauled more than 700 of these engines to date, including more than 100 CFM56-7B engines installed on the P-8’s for global military customers at its Winnipeg facility.

“Canada can have complete confidence in StandardAero’s ability to support CFM56-7B engine MRO and the requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force,” said Marc Drobny, President of StandardAero’s Military division. “The Winnipeg operation is one of North America’s leading engine overhaul facilities and is our largest site, supporting more than 1,200 workers.” 

The CFM56 engine is the first aircraft engine family in aviation history to achieve more than 1.2 billion engine flight hours. The CFM56-7B has a world-class dispatch reliability rate of 99.98%

“GE is honoured to support Boeing’s bid for the Canada Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) requirement,” said Kris Shepherd, Vice President & General Manager, GE Aerospace Mobility Engines & Marine. “We have a long, established history supporting the RCAF with engines including the CF6, the CF34, the T700 and CT7 engines that power five RCAF aircraft fleets. The high reliability, long on-wing life, and low maintenance costs of the CFM56 engine makes it extremely popular with some 600 airline and military operators worldwide.”

As long-term partners, GE and StandardAero announced in 2012 the opening of its $50 million aircraft engine Testing, Research and Development Centre (TRDC) in Winnipeg. The 122,500 square foot facility is located at the James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg.  GE designed and built the TRDC and under a long-term contract, StandardAero maintains and operates the certification test center. 

In addition, StandardAero has a long-standing relationship with GE Aerospace supporting both the CT7 /T700 engine platforms on the Canadian Military EH101 Cormorant and also its CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters.

“With our well-established military expertise, extensive presence across Canada and our OEM alignment, we stand ready to deliver our mission to support readiness for Canada’s CMMA requirement,” Drobny added.

About GE Aerospace
GE Aerospace is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and systems for commercial and military aircraft with a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aerospace and its joint ventures have an installed base of more than 40,000 commercial and 26,000 military aircraft engines, and the business is playing a vital role in shaping the future of flight. For more information, visit us at

About Standard Aero
StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. StandardAero is owned by global investment firm Carlyle.