Cobham wins Apache NIU upgrade work
Cobham will overhaul and upgrade Nitrogen Inerting Units (NIUs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter under a new contract announced on 31 July. The $7.1 million contract was awarded by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
The contract follows the company’s award in September 2012 of a five year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at some $15 million to manufacture OBIGGS NIUs for US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters.
The OBIGGS fulfils a critical aircraft safety system role by displacing fuel tank vapours with inert nitrogen gas, reducing the risk of explosion. More than 1,500 Apache helicopters with Cobham NIUs have been delivered worldwide.
Kelly Coffield, president, Cobham Life Support, said: ‘This award reflects Cobham's unrivalled decades of experience in the design, development, delivery and support of fuel tank inerting systems, ranging from depot repair to equipping and training customers to fully maintaining products at their own facilities.’
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