Eaton to supply CH-53K helicopter cockpit control panels, dimming controllers

Engineers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies company in Irvine, Calif., needed lighted control panels and dimming controllers for its CH-53K military heavy-lift helicopter under development for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Apr 1st, 2008
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Engineers at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies company in Irvine, Calif., needed lighted control panels and dimming controllers for its CH-53K military heavy-lift helicopter under development for the U.S. Marine Corps.

They found what they needed at Eaton Corp., a Cleveland-based designer and manufacturer of electrical systems and components for aircraft, industrial, and mobile equipment.

Eaton Corp. won a contract from Sikorsky to design, develop, and supply the helicopter control panels and controllers. Eaton also holds a contract for the helicopter’s hydraulic power generation system, integrated fuel system, and fluid conveyance package.

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According to the contract, Eaton personnel will provide the lighted control-panel support hardware for five helicopter ship sets, as well as system development test sets, during the development phase of the program. The development phase runs through 2014.

Sikorsky staff anticipates the production of more than 156 helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky holds a contract valued at approximately $20 million and, when combined with anticipated foreign military sales, is expected to exceed $26 million over the approximate 12-year life of the program.

For additional information, visit Eaton Corp. online at www.eaton.com.

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