Sikorsky Announces CSAR-X Helicopter Partnerships, Platform

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H-92 does SAR(click to view full) As DID noted in our October 24, 2005 article “V-22 Bows out of CSAR-X/PRV Competition,” all of the key bidders except Sikorsky had formally announced their helicopter platforms for the $8-10 billion, 141-helicopter combat search and rescue contract to replace existing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters. The gap has now been filled, however, as Sikorsky has just made its declaration along with some recent partnership announcements. Aerospace Integration Corporation (AIC) will provide system engineering and related services, while Rockwell Collins will provide training systems that leverage work already done on Canada’s Maritime helicopter program. Both MoU signings took place at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, FL – and the most significant aspect was Sikorsky’s public acknowledgment that the H-92 Superhawk would be its base CSAR-X platform. SOCOM’s MH-47E Chinook Aerospace Integration Corporation (AIC) was billed as a “pace-setting systems design and integration company that delivers quick-response, concept-to-combat solutions for U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and other military and commercial operators. They specialize in aircraft systems design, technology innovation and total systems integration for SOF mission platforms.” Under the teaming agreement to be negotiated based on the MOU, AIC would provide system engineering associated with […]

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