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HH-60W training systems assembly underway

21st September 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Final assembly of the US Air Force’s first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers, Sikorsky announced on 18 September.

Completion of the HH-60W training systems is being carried out at subcontractor FlightSafety International's facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

The weapons system trainer will be based at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, home of the formal HH-60W training unit; and the operational flight trainer will be based at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, site of the first operational unit.

The HH-60W flight trainers will meet FAA standards and include the capability to link with other simulators on the Combat Air Forces Distributed Mission Operations network. The flight simulators will train the full aircrew, allowing pilots and special mission aviators to train together in the same device while experiencing more complex and realistic training scenarios.

Sikorsky is in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the programme that includes delivery of nine HH-60W helicopters as well as six aircrew and maintenance training devices and instructional courseware designed specifically for the HH-60W aircraft.

The Program of Record calls for 112 helicopters to replace the USAF’s aging H-60G Pave Hawk fleet, which performs critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all US military services.

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