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Varley USA delivers initial H-60 toolkits
Varley USA has delivered new H-60 Bridge Tool Kits to the US Army, US Army National Guard and US Coast Guard, the company announced on 23 August.
The H-60 Bridge Tool Kit includes specially designed tools for the removal and installation of five-pack (gearbox, two engine input and two accessory drive modules) components, including forward and aft bridges, bellcranks, eccentric bushings, longitudinal support assembles and tie rods on the H-60 helicopter.
The kit is designed to reduce five-pack maintenance hours by 75% while preventing collateral damage to zero-tolerance components.The tools are designed to support H-60 variants that include Black Hawk, Seahawk/Knighthawk, Pave Hawk, Jayhawk and the White Hawk.
Matt Hederstrom, CEO of Varley USA, said: ‘We were able to utilise direct hands-on input from H-60 maintainers to ensure these tools were purpose-built with a goal for zero allowance of collateral component damage.
‘We were able to achieve that goal while also helping to improve aircraft availability and reduce total maintenance hours from an average of 64 man hours to remove five-pack components to less than nine man-hours per each main transmission disassembly and achieved a 100% reduction in collateral damage.’
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