Kaman to Establish Depot Level Capability for Egyptian AF
Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that its Air Vehicles and MRO (AVMRO) unit has been awarded a three-year contract with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the establishment of depot level maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) SH-2G(E) helicopter program. The contract has a potential value of $3.6 million, which includes a $2.3 million year one baseline and two follow-on option years having a combined estimated value of $1.3 million.
“We are pleased to enter the next phase of the Egyptian Air Force’s SH-2G(E) program. This is the next step in what we expect will continue to be a meaningful long-term effort to support the Egyptians in operating their highly capable SH-2 fleet,” stated Jim Larwood, President, Kaman Aerosystems.
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The depot capability will be established at the EAF’s Helwan Aviation Depot Workshop, near Cairo. The contract will provide the EAF with management, engineering, and logistics services to maintain aircraft readiness, aircraft system readiness, and the integrated logistics support elements associated with the sustainment of the SH-2G(E) program. Providing the EAF with depot level capabilities further enhances the EAF’s ability to directly support its fleet of SH-2G(E) aircraft.
The EAF currently operates ten SH-2G(E) Super Seasprite helicopters. The platform, which the EAF originally acquired in 1998, underwent a multi-year maintenance and modernization program that concluded in 2014. The EAF recently acquired seven Excess Defense Article (EDA) SH-2G aircraft from NAVAIR, which could ultimately increase their flying fleet to seventeen aircraft.
The SH-2G Super Seasprite is an advanced maritime weapon system and proven day/night/all-weather multi-mission helicopter. Originally designed to meet the exacting requirements of the U.S. Navy, the SH-2G Super Seasprite has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any maritime helicopter, assuring a safe return-to-ship capability even in single-engine flight conditions. Its robust design, outstanding stability, and excellent reliability have been proven through more than 1.5 million flight hours. The SH-2G is a multi-mission maritime weapon system designed to fulfill anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), over the horizon targeting, surveillance, troop transport, vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and utility missions. It is the largest, most powerful small ship helicopter in use today and is recognized for its mission effectiveness, support, and unmatched performance. The SH-2G Super Seasprite is currently operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Egyptian Air Force and the Polish Navy.
Source : Kaman Corporation - view original press release