10.01.10

Leahy: $31.5 Million Army Contract Addition Will Further Extend Goodrich-Vergennes Plant’s Work On Helicopter Diagnostics Unit

VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Oct. 1) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says a new $31,497,430 U.S. Army contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company’s groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm’s facility in Vergennes, will further extend the plant’s planning horizon and underscores again how firmly the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of U.S. military helicopter programs.  Leahy just last month announced an extension of a Navy contract for the system.

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 was instrumental early on in promoting the concept and technology behind HUMS.  Through those efforts HUMS units have become standard equipment on U.S. military helicopters.

Leahy announced that the modification to an existing Army contract will allow for the additional purchase of 135 new on-board HUMS, as well as 170 new ground support equipment modules for on-board HUMS.  These systems will be used in UH-60 “Black Hawk” and HH-60 “Pave Hawk” helicopters.

Leahy said the contract extension has been hoped for and expected, and with it the new business will keep the HUMS production line going and protect Vermont jobs.  With each new HUMS contract extension, Vergennes attracts more investment by Goodrich and new product lines for design, development, and production, including the company’s new Guidance, Navigation, Control, and Targeting System and the expansion of HUMS into the civilian aircraft market.

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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