The U.S. National Guard Bureau has selected Goodrich to supply rescue hoist systems for National Guard UH-60A/Ls.
Goodrich was to begin delivering the internally mounted rescue hoists immediately in early November and continue doing so through 2010. They are to be retrofitted into the Sikorsky Aircraft Black Hawks.
The order is an outgrowth of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. After that storm ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, scores of National Guard helicopters were dispatched on rescue and relief missions. But many could not help victims stranded by floodwaters directly because they had no hoists.
With the National Guard supporting U.S. Homeland Security Dept. missions, "our rescue hoist systems will provide additional capabilities for each state to respond to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina," said Mike Bontell, manager of rotorcraft aftermarket business development for Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems.