Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is beginning final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, which will bring unprecedented capability enhancements to the US Air Force rescue mission, the company said.
The timing of final assembly supports the program´s accelerated schedule and positions the aircraft´s first flight for the end of this year, two months ahead of schedule.
The final assembly process includes installation of the new Tactical Mission Kit (TMK) delivered from Lockheed Martin´s Owego, New York, facility. The integration of sensors, radar and multiple defense systems will bring added intelligence into the cockpit, giving pilots more information to make split second decisions to complete the mission.
The final assembly process also involves installation of a new fuel system that features duel internal fuel tanks totaling 660-gallons, nearly doubling the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M Black Hawk. This enhanced capability gives the U.S Air Force crew greater range and more capability to rescue those injured in the battle space.
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