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    Cobham Wins Sikorsky Contract for CH-53K Helicopter Composite Rotor Blade Assemblies
    UNITED STATES - 17 FEBRUARY 2010

    SAN DIEGO, California --- Cobham has been awarded a contract from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to manufacture advanced composite components and assemblies for the main rotor blades of the United States Marine Corps' CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement Helicopter under development by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

    Cobham’s Antenna Systems unit, under which all composites operations have now been consolidated, will manufacture all leading and trailing edge details and precisely locate and bond the details onto the main rotor blade spar. Depending on how many CH-53K helicopters are eventually built by Sikorsky for the US Marine Corps, the contract could be worth up to US$25 million.

    Work under this contract will be done initially at Cobham’s San Diego, California facility, then will transition to full-scale production at the company’s new composite manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia, which is scheduled to become operational in early 2010.

    “This is an anchor program for our business with Sikorsky, and establishes Cobham’s composites business as a supplier to three United Technologies Corporation subsidiaries,” said Fred Cahill, Vice President of Cobham Antenna Systems.

    With more than 60 years experience, Cobham Antenna Systems is a world leader in the design and manufacture of communication systems and navigation antennas for land, air and marine applications. Cobham Antenna Systems also produces high performance composite products for the aerospace industry, including radomes and components for US and UK military aircraft, ships and vehicles.

    Source: Cobham


    The Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter. It will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. The CH-53K is currently under development by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps.

    Photo: Concept of the CH-53K