Rotorcraft Report: Kaman Qualifies New Seasprite Flight Controls

By Staff Writer | February 1, 2008


Kaman Helicopters has successfully completed formal qualification testing of the digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) software for the Egyptian SH-2G(E) Super Seasprite.

This marks a significant milestone in the upgrade program for the Egyptian Air Force, the company said. The air force operates nine Super Seasprites out of its base at Borg El Arab, Egypt.


The testing process is a comprehensive review of the entire software integration into the DAFCS that validates and qualifies every requirement as defined in the software requirements specification (SRS). This testing was completed, witnessed by, and accepted by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NavAir) over a two-week period.

Under a foreign military sales program administered through NavAir, Kaman is upgrading the Egyptian SH-2G(E) fleet by adding a digital flight control system, FLIR Systems SAFIRE 2 forward-looking infrared sensor, ALE-47 countermeasures system, GE/Smiths health and usage monitoring system (HUMS), APN-194 radar altimeter, and AHS-1000 attitude heading reference system.

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