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USCG awards MH-65 components contract

2nd April 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $21.3 million contract to Tyonek Manufacturing Group to procure 89 wiring harness packages for its MH-65 short range recovery helicopters.

The equipment will replace the helicopter's existing wiring harnesses as part of the fleet’s Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), programme depot-level maintenance and MH-65E modernisation activities.

The wire harness is the assembly of electrical cables which provide electrical power to and transmit signals for nearly all the aircraft’s systems and subsystems.

The SLEP will extend the service life of the MH-65 from 20,000 to 30,000 flight hours, allowing the USCG to continue the H-65 operations through the fleet’s planned phase-out between 2035 and 2039.

The MH-65 Conversion and Sustainment Program is currently in the Obtain phase of the acquisition lifecycle and is nearing the end of its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama. The results from this IOT&E will be used to inform plans to move into the Produce/Deploy phase in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.

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