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Kaman to Showcase Super Seasprite at Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exposition

4th September 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Kaman Helicopters will display an SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the first time at the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exposition Sept. 24-26 in Bucharest, Romania (U.S. Pavilion, C214). Company officials and suppliers will be in attendance to brief potential customers and the news media about the helicopter and its capabilities.  The aircraft is one of 11 multi-mission maritime helicopters now available for immediate delivery.

The SH-2G(I) is the latest and most capable variant of Kaman’s H-2 Series of maritime helicopters.  It is fully equipped to perform a variety of naval and coast guard missions, including:

  • Surface surveillance: Provide over-the-horizon surveillance, threat classification and targeting capability to the ship using Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), FLIR, ESM
  • Anti-ship weapon delivery: Deploy air-to-surface missiles to engage hostile vessels
  • Deliver torpedo: On intelligence from other sources, drop anti-submarine torpedoes
  • Boarding party deployment: Up to six fully-armed troops
    Search and rescue, medevac, disaster response
    Law enforcement, drug interdiction, pollution control
    Homeland security and counter-terrorism
    Transport, Vertrep, utility

The 11 aircraft feature an advanced Integrated Tactical Avionics System (ITAS), which provides a high degree of autonomy, allowing a crew of two to effectively perform missions otherwise requiring a crew of three or four. They are also equipped with a fully digital automatic flight control system.
Kaman is offering the helicopters with a three-year spares package, full crew and maintenance manuals, a validated training program, ground-based simulators, including desktop trainers, and a full motion flight simulator, software support center, and mission preparation and debrief facility. “These are fully-capable multi-mission aircraft,” said Kaman Helicopters President Sal Bordonaro. "We are proud to offer them to the international naval community.”        
The U.S. Delegation to NATO recently sponsored an initiative for the Baltic and Black Sea states to consider the SH-2G(I) for regional modernization, standardization and interoperability for joint exercises. This is one of several reasons Kaman is kicking off its marketing effort in Bucharest.
Kaman Aerospace Corporation is a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GM: KAMN) of Bloomfield, Conn. The subsidiary is a subcontractor for complex metallic and composite structures and components for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft; designs and manufactures fuzing devices for the U.S. and allied militaries; and markets and supports its SH-2G and K-MAX helicopters.

Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.

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