HH-60W reaches Air Vehicle CDR
The US Air Force’s (USAF) Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) programme recently achieved the Air Vehicle critical design review (CDR), preparing the programme to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation of the HH-60W helicopter, Lockheed Martin announced on 30 May.
The joint Sikorsky and USAF helicopter programme team generated more than 300 technical documents, created and reviewed over 50,000 hardware and software requirements, conducted 17 sub-system CDRs and designed 3,000 new parts in order to prepare for the CDR.
The HH-60W is an advanced variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, designed to carry out military search and rescue and recovery missions.
Sikorsky was awarded a $1.28 billion contract in June 2014 for development and integration of the next generation combat rescue platform and mission systems, delivery of four HH-60W helicopters, aircrew and maintenance training systems, and support for both.
In January of 2017, Sikorsky also secured a $203 million contract option to deliver five additional helicopters to the USAF, bringing the total to nine. The USAF programme of record calls for 112 helicopters to replace the USAF’s aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.
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