Safran signed a maintenance contract for the emergency flotation system of the U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter fleet at HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, United-States on Jan. 28.
The five-year agreement covers the maintenance of the flotation systems of all 98 HH-65 Dauphin helicopters used by the Coast Guard during their various missions.
The Safran Aerosystems Services America repair center in Belmar, New Jersey will provide this service at the various coast guard sites as well as at their maintenance bases.
The emergency flotation systems are designed and manufactured by Safran Aerosystems in Cognac (France). They enable a helicopter in difficulty to ditch and remain stable afloat long enough to evacuate the passengers and the crew in the event of a forced ditching. The flotation system is struck in less than five seconds and is capable of ensuring the stability of the helicopter in rough seas (sea state 6 and over on the Douglas scale) limiting the risk of overturning and submersion.