8-Mar-2011 Source: Curtiss-Wright
Curtiss-Wright CorporationÂ (NYSE:CW) today announced that it has received a contract fromÂ Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationÂ to develop and supply blade fold distributor units and digital air data computers for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for use by theÂ U.S. Marine Corps. The contract has a total potential value ofÂ $16 millionÂ if development and all aircraft production options and phases are completed.
“Curtiss-WrightÂ has a long standing relationship with Sikorsky and is very pleased to be working on this exciting helicopter program,” saidÂ Martin R. Benante, CEO and Chairman ofÂ Curtiss-Wright Corporation. “Our blade fold technology and digital air data computers will be key to the CH-53K’s shipboard compatibility which will enable effective deployment from amphibious ships.”
Curtiss-Wright’sÂ Motion Control segment will supply the blade fold units and the digital air data computers. The blade fold units will process the required information to execute the folding or spreading of the main rotor blades, and provide monitoring and status communication with other CH-53K helicopter systems. The digital air data computer provides flight critical height and speed information to the cockpit and other important helicopter systems.Â Curtiss-WrightÂ is developing and manufacturing the blade fold distributors at itsÂ City of Industry, CA, facility and the digital air data computers at its Penny & Giles facility inÂ Christchurch,Â UK. The initial contract runs through 2011 with the production phase expected to start in 2013.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary ofÂ United Technologies Corp.Â (NYSE:UTX). The Sikorsky CH-53E SUPER STALLIONâ„¢ helicopter is the largest and most powerful helicopter inÂ the United StatesÂ military. The CH-53K helicopter is expected to replace the CH-53E helicopters that theÂ Marine CorpsÂ currently deploys from amphibious assault ships to transport personnel and equipment, and to carry external cargo loads. The CH-53K helicopter is designed to transport heavy payloads over longer distances and will significantly reduce operation and support costs.
Curtiss-Wright CorporationÂ is a diversified company headquartered inÂ Parsippany, NJ. The company designs and manufactures products for motion control and flow control applications, and provides metal treatment services. The firm employs approximately 7,600 people worldwide. For more information, visitÂ www.curtisswright.com.