09.17.10

$5.7 M. Navy Contract To Goodrich-Vergennes Will Extend Plant’s Work On Helicopter Diagnostics Unit

VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Sept. 17) – Senator Patrick Leahy says a new $5,765,474 U.S. Navy contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company’s groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm’s facility in Vergennes, shows the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of U.S. military helicopter programs. 

Goodrich’s Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter’s engine performance, structural performance, and rotor function and wear, allowing a helicopter to be serviced before major systems fail. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, Leahy led as the panel’s early promoter of the concept and technology behind HUMS.  Enabled by his work, HUMS units have become standard equipment on military helicopters.

Leahy announced that the modification to an existing Navy contract will allow for the additional purchase of 19 more HUMS systems for MH-53 “Pave Low” helicopter.

Leahy joined Goodrich employees twice this year to mark shipment of the 2000th helicopter system and other successes of the workforce at the Vergennes facility.

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