Sikorsky supplying U.S. Navy MH-53E tow assemblies

  • 25-Jun-2010 03:18 EDT

A U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon tows a minesweeping system.

Sikorsky Aerospace Services awarded CPI Aerostructures Inc. a $1.2 million contract to provide tow assemblies for the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter. Delivery of these assemblies, which will be used as spares, will begin in late 2010. The MH-53E Sea Dragon is a carrier-based, and other warship-based, aircraft and fills the U.S. Navy’s need for long-range minesweeping or airborne mine countermeasures missions. The Sea Dragon is capable of towing a variety of minesweeping countermeasure systems, including the MK 105 minesweeping sled, the ASQ-14 side-scan sonar, and the MK 103 mechanical minesweeping system. The assembly to be manufactured by CPI is an electromechanical device used to operate the aircraft’s tow boom.

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