Breeze-Eastern has been awarded a contract for supply of its BL-29900-30-1 high-performance rescue hoists to the US Army.
The advanced rescue hoists delivered under the five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract supports the army's efforts to upgrade its UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the latest technologies in mission readiness and performance.
Breeze-Eastern president and chief executive officer Brad Pedersen said the company will provide latest in rescue hoist technologies to the US Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserves as part of the Black Hawk upgrade programme.
''As the rescue hoist market leader, our primary focus is contributing to safe, successful operations and missions,'' Pedersen said.
Claimed to be the industry's premier rescue hoist, the BL-29900-30-1 has a unique reactive overload clutch (ROC) feature, which is a next-generation enhancement over the standard slip-clutch technology used by competitive manufacturers. The ROC provides superior protection if the cable has high steady state loads and high shock loads, which happens in a variety of operations and can have catastrophic results without this added protection.
Available for new production helicopters or as a retrofit on existing rotorcraft, the Breeze-Eastern 29900 rescue hoists offer the highest speed, fastest acceleration and unlimited duty cycle for all-weather operations.
Deliveries under the contract are expected to commence this year, and be completed by October 2018.
Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701 engines, the UH-60A Black Hawk is a primary division-level transport helicopter, and can be readily modified to carry four litters through the removal of eight troop seats in the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) role.
Several Black Hawk variants are currently operated for tactical troop and equipment transport, command-and-control, search and rescue (SAR), armed escort, electronic warfare and executive transport missions by the US and 25 international militaries worldwide.
Image: two US Army UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters stationed in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: courtesy of Sgt. Edwin M. Bridges.