Kaman is starting work to remanufacture and upgrade four SH-2Gs for Peru's navy following receipt of a $39.8 million contract, the company said today at the Farnborough Air Show.
Kaman Aerosystems Air Vehicles and MRO division secured the contract from General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada, the lead contractor on the project. Kaman said it already had realized sales of $10.6 million through April 1 from the program.
The contract starts the implementation phase of the program, which began with a preliminary design effort in 2014. In the new phase, which is to last through 2018, Kaman will remanufacture and upgrade the Peruvian Super Seasprites at its Bloomfield, Connecticut, facility. The work also will involve the company's Jacksonville, Florida, manufacturing operation and its Everett, Washington, engineering organization.
Kaman also has restarted production of its medium-lift K-MAX; it expects to deliver the first of those new-build helicopters early next year.
Under the Peru program, a total of five SH-2Gs are to be transferred to that nation's national defense ministry. In addition to serving as the lead contractor, General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada is to provide the integrated mission system for the aircraft.
The SH-2G is a multi-mission maritime weapon system designed to fulfill missions that include anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, over-the-horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search and rescue and utility work. The SH-2G Super Seasprite is currently operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Egyptian air force and the Polish navy.
The program will “provide advanced maritime, search and rescue, and surveillance capabilities to the Peruvian Navy,” said Drake Klotzman, general manager of the Kaman division, which he said is “very pleased to be working with General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada.”
The Super Seasprite helicopter “is well suited for the needs of the Peruvian Navy and we look forward to providing remanufactured and upgraded aircraft for the nation’s long-term defense requirements,” said the General Dynamics unit’s VP of air and naval systems, Brian Fava.