Army orders more cost-saving systems

June 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 8 (UPI) -- An electronic system that lowers maintenance and operating costs of U.S. military helicopters has been ordered from the Goodrich Corp.

The U.S. Army will use the 80 spare health and usage management system electronic units on its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

"This award highlights the value that the Goodrich HUMS brings in lowering operating and maintenance costs while enhancing safety for the Army's Black Hawk fleet," said Tony Wurmel, general manager of Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems in Vergennes, Vt. "It will help the troops remain effective and maintain the fleet at high readiness in an uncertain world."

Northrop said that in recent deployments with the Army, Black Hawks fitted with the HUMS system had 17 percent lower total maintenance costs. The HUMS-equipped helicopters also had more than 50 percent fewer incidents of unscheduled maintenance work.

Deliveries of the units to the Army are expected to begin early next year.

Other helicopters using the HUMS system are Army CH-47s, Marine Corps CH-53s, AH-1s, UH-1s, Navy MH-60s.

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