CPI Aero to support MH-53E tow hooks
CPI Aerostructures will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for tow hook assemblies used on the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter under a contract from Sikorsky announced on 25 May.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon is deployed by the US Navy for airborne mine countermeasure operations.
The contract will see the company tear down, inspect, overhaul, and repair an initial quantity of 15 tow hook assemblies for evaluation, with additional quantities expected to follow.
The tow hook assembly is a complex electromechanical device, consisting of precision machined parts, springs, and linkage mechanisms that lock the cable in place during towing operations.
CPI Aero previously manufactured new tow hook assemblies under a spares contract awarded by Sikorsky in 2010.
Douglas J McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero, said: ‘The expertise we gained from manufacturing these assemblies in the past enabled CPI Aero to put forth an MRO proposal with greatly reduced programme execution risk for our customer, delivering our first component MRO win.’
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