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DRS ICAS to upgrade HH-60G Pave Hawk

17th January 2012 - 16:53 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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DRS has announced that its ICAS business unit has been awarded a contract by the US Air Force (USAF) for the Improved Altitude Hold and Hover Stabilization (IAHHS) upgrade to the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The contract is worth $12 million.

According to DRS, this fifth generation system will replace the original first generation Altitude Hold and Hover Stabilization (AHHS) system, which was developed and fielded in the early 1990s. The improvements include enhanced hover and cruise capabilities and will add automatic descent, landing, and ‘go-around’ modes. The need for precision, hands-free aircraft control at low altitude and low speeds is critical for the degraded visual environments that are so common for the HH-60G Pave Hawk’s combat search and rescue missions.

Under the contract, DRS ICAS will also provide platform integration, technical data package development, test support, production kits, spares and support for the fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawks.

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