Program Insider: Contracts

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2008
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Northstar Aerospace, Bedford Park, Ill., has received new orders valued at $60 million for production of gears, components and spare parts for the CH-47 Chinook. The new orders are slated for delivery through 2012. Production is to be completed at the company’s Chicago facility, supported by other plants in the company’s North American network.

Fiberforge, Glenwood Springs, Colo., as awarded a contract from DRS Technologies for the design and development of the carbon-fiber composite components of the internal cargo-handling system for Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K. Sikorsky is developing the heavy lifter to replace the U.S. Marine Corps’ fleet of CH-53Es.

Astronics, East Aurora, N.Y., has been awarded a contract by Sikorsky to install lighting for the CH-53K. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Astronics will provide an emergency exit lighting system for the heavy-lift helicopter.


Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a $34 million, firm, fixed-price contract for three UH-60Ms and installation of auxiliary power unit kits on them. Work is to be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.

RTI International Metals, Pittsburgh, Pa., signed a long-term contract to supply components to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada. The supplier of high-end titanium products is to provide flight parts, including pilot control sticks and floor and roof beams, under the minimum five-year agreement with RTI. The company’s Claro plant near Montreal will manufacture the components.

WestWind Technologies, Huntsville, Ala., has won a $37 plus-million contract to build additional CH-47 Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators for Redstone Arsenal’s Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office, which is responsible for the U.S. Army’s CH-47 fleet worldwide. The program will include production of five build-to-print units and associated spares. The flight simulators contain an up-to-date cockpit configuration and provide soldiers with a dynamic training environment. Delivery is to begin in January, with final delivery in October 2009.

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