Kaman to Supply Complex Composite Components, Assemblies for Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter

Kaman Composites – Wichita, Inc. (KCW) will supply complex composite components and assemblies for the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH).

KCW, a subsidiary of Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. and part of its Aerosystems Division, is a leading supplier of complex composite structures, components, and assemblies for the commercial and defense aerospace industry.

“We are pleased to continue supporting Sikorsky and the U.S. Military,” said Mark Withrow, Vice President and General Manager, Kaman Composites U.S. “Our unique ability to collaborate with our partners to understand and address specific design and manufacturing requirements enables us to continue to secure this statement of work, and cements Kaman’s standing as an integral Sikorsky supplier.”

This work package includes apertures, fairings, stowage boxes, and cover assemblies.

“Our employees are proud to be a part of the Combat Rescue Helicopter program as we continue to expand upon our relationship with Sikorsky. The additional work demonstrates confidence in our workforce and company as a reliable and consistent supplier to the war fighter. We appreciate Sikorsky’s commitment to Kaman and are excited to add more critical composites work in Wichita,” said Andrew Chavez, Senior Site Director at KCW.

The new state-of-the-art HH-60W “Whisky” Combat Rescue Helicopter provides unrivaled capability enhancements to the U.S. Air Force rescue mission.

Sikorsky’s current contract with the U.S. Air Force for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the program includes delivery of nine HH-60W helicopters – four EMD aircraft and five System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA) – as well as six aircrew and maintenance training devices, and instructional courseware designed specifically for the HH-60W aircraft.

The first EMD-standard HH-60W CRH helicopter entered final assembly earlier this year and is expected to embark on its first flight ahead of schedule in 2018.

The Program of Record calls for 112 helicopters to replace the Air Force’s aging H-60G Pave Hawk fleet, which performs critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services.

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