ROSELAND, N.J. — Korea Aerospace
Industries, Ltd. has awarded Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) a contract
to provide an electronics package that will provide protection against ice
build-up on the engine air inlets, windshield and main and tail rotor blades
on a new utility helicopter. The contract has a potential value in excess of
$18 million over a 12-year period.
Helicopters often need to be grounded to avoid ice build-up on rotor
blades, which creates unstable flight operations. Curtiss-Wright’s proven
technology in electronic ice protection for rotorcraft includes the Rotor Ice
Protection System (RIPS) as well as windshield and engine ice protection
controllers. These products monitor and prevent ice from forming on all rotor
blades, on the windshield and on the air intake to the engines.
Curtiss-Wright is a leading supplier of aircraft fire- and ice-protection
systems. The company’s Motion Control facility in City of Industry, CA will
supply the products for this contract. Delivery will begin in early 2009 in
support of qualification trials for the Korea Aerospace Industries aircraft.
Korea Aerospace Industries is the prime contractor of Korean
government-initiated aerospace programs and is funded by the Korean government
as the largest stockholder.
Filed Under: Aerospace + defense, Electronics • electrical, Motion control • motor controls