Smiths Aerospace selected for $20 million Korean helicopter avionics program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 21 Feb. 2006. Smiths Aerospace in Grand Rapids, Mich., will provide the next generation Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for the Korean Helicopter Program. The company announced a $20 million contract from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Feb. 20.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 21 Feb. 2006. Smiths Aerospace in Grand Rapids, Mich., will provide the next generation Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for the Korean Helicopter Program. The company announced a $20 million contract from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) Feb. 20.

The program will include more than 250 aircraft for the Korean Army plus a potential to retrofit legacy platforms in Korea. Localized production, which will include supply from Smiths' facilities in Southampton, England, and Grand Rapids, Mich., will begin in 2010 with delivery beginning in 2011.

Smiths' single box HUMS will provide increased aircraft safety, availability, reliability, maintainability and Life Cycle Costs. Smiths' HUMS includes an airborne data acquisition and processing unit, pilot display, PC card data transfer unit, airborne and ground software.

Smiths' HUMS have accumulated more than 2 million flight hours with helicopter constructors including Bell, Boeing, Agusta, Eurocopter and Westland Helicopters to provide new build and retrofit systems for more than 20 aircraft types. With the largest support team in the industry, Smiths is able to provide system and diagnostic support, on-site training and worldwide web-based fault prediction assistance.

For more information contact Smiths Industries online at www.smiths-aerospace.com.

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