Wyle to modernise USAF C-5 aircraft life rafts
Wyle will update the 25-person life rafts used aboard the US Air Force C-5 transport aircraft under a new $850,000 contract announced on 6 June. The current life rafts on the C-5 date back to the 1960s, and Wyle’s work will bring them up to modern standards.
The contract will see Wyle conduct research, develop a technical data package, reverse-engineer components of the raft system if necessary, and develop prototypes for the life rafts. Obsolescence issues make it increasingly difficult to procure spare parts, and Wyle will provide engineering support to enable procurement and maintenance of the rafts into the future.
Martin Kosiek, vice president, Wyle Aerospace Group, said: ‘Wyle's experts will assess the life raft functions and requirements, and then prioritise the ideal solution for the entire system, resulting in improved maintenance and longevity of these systems.’
Work will be conducted at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base.
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