Kaman to continue producing H-60 helicopter cockpits
Kaman Aerospace has signed a contract with Sikorsky that outlines the pricing and conditions for manufacturing H-60 helicopter cockpits.
The five-year deal has been signed under the US Department of Defense MY IX H-60 procurement authorisation.
Kaman chairman, president and chief executive officer Neal Keating said: “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Sikorsky for another five years.
“Sikorsky is a longstanding customer and we are proud of the confidence they have placed in us as a key supplier on the H-60 programme.
"Kaman is honoured to be Sikorsky’s primary supplier of American made H-60 cockpits in support of US Armed Forces and allied militaries around the world.”
As part of the contract, Kaman will continue producing UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC model cockpits for Sikorsky at its facility in Jacksonville, Florida, US.
The deal also includes the final assembly of the cockpits, detailed metal part manufacturing, and procurement of wiring harnesses, hardware and flight control mechanisms.
The company will also be tasked with procuring and installing specified flight safety items under the contract, which will come into effect in 2018 and end in 2022.
Equipped with an improved rotor system incorporating wide-chord blade, HH-60M MEDEVAC with advanced technological enhancements is capable of executing emergency evacuation missions under difficult weather conditions, during day and night.
The UH-60M Black Hawk is a medium-lift, rotary-wing helicopter that can be used to perform tactical transport, utility, combat search-and-rescue, airborne assault, command-and-control, medical evacuation, aerial sustainment, search-and-rescue, disaster relief and fire-fighting.
Since 2004, Kaman has delivered more than 1,200 new H-60 cockpits to Sikorsky.