Vancouver, Washington-based Onboard Systems International, Inc. has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup Human External Cargo (HEC) hook systems for the Agusta Westland AW169 and AW101 aircraft, the company said.
The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for new and existing AW169 and AW101 aircraft to enable HEC operations in utility, search and rescue, personnel insertion and extraction, and other missions.
For the AW169, the backup cargo hook system will feature Onboard´s TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which will allow for flexible rigging of the release line around the primary hook system while effectively reducing inadvertent cargo releases. The AW101 backup cargo hook system will feature the fast-rope version of Onboard´s TALON LC Cargo Hook, which is currently in use on the AW101.
Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand. Its products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs.
Leonardo Helicopters is organized into seven business divisions: helicopters, aircraft, aero-structures, airborne & space systems, land & naval defense electronics, defense systems, security & information systems. At 31 December 2016, the company recorded consolidated revenues of EUR 12bn and had a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, and the US.