AIC, Rockwell Collins Onboard
Sikorsky Aircraft representatives tell Aero-News the company
made some significant additions to the team involved in the
bid for the US Air Force's CSAR-X competition. Last week,
the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with
Aerospace Integration Corporation (AIC), and also signed an
agreement with Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training
Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Rockwell Collins, Inc., to be the
training solutions provider.
Sikorsky's CSAR-X offering is the HH-92 weapons system --
military variant of the S-92 helicopter. Company representatives
say the helicopter offers the best combination of survivability,
performance, interoperability, safety and cost for the vital CSAR-X
Under the teaming agreement to be negotiated based on the MOU,
AIC will provide system engineering associated with the special
mission systems on the HH-92 weapons system. The company also would
supply flight test support during the Operational Test and
Evaluation phase of the CSAR-X program as well as act as a supply
support interface for the US Air Force. Lastly, the HH-92 aircraft
would receive mission systems modification at AIC facilities in
"We are proud to have AIC onboard our HH-92 team. AIC's
expertise with regard to special operation missions will provide a
greater understanding of what the customer ultimately needs on
today's battlefield. Their integration and customization expertise
will both be great assets as the program continues to progress,"
said Paul Martin, Sikorsky senior vice president of government and
Sikorsky says Rockwell
Collins was brought on to provide integration between the avionics
system and the training systems for the HH-92.
"We are proud to offer Rockwell Collins' simulation and training
capabilities for the HH-92. Our goal and strategy is to create a
total value and life support solution for the customer that
operates, maintains and sustains the weapons system from both
operational and cost perspectives," said Martin.
The Air Force launched the multibillion-dollar CSAR-X
competition in May 2005, to replace its current fleet of Sikorsky
HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.