20 February 2006

Smiths Aerospace selected for South Korean Helicopter Program

Smiths HUMS provides next generation technology for South Korean Utility Helicopters

20 February 2006 Singapore - SMITHS Aerospace is selected by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to provide the next generation Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for the South Korean Helicopter Program.  The program will include more than 250 aircraft for the Korean Army plus a potential to retrofit legacy platforms in South Korea.  The program is valued in excess of $20 million.  Localised production, which will include supply from Smiths facilities in Southampton and Michigan, 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.  

With more than 400 HUMS, Smiths Aerospace is the world leader in the supply of HUMS for both military and commercial helicopter applications.  Having developed the first certified HUMS for the North Sea helicopter operations in 1991, Smiths HUMS have accumulated more than 2 million flight hours.  Smiths has a track record of working with helicopter constructors including Bell, Boeing, Agusta, Eurocopter and Westland Helicopters to provide both 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.

About Smiths: Smiths Aerospace, a part of Smiths Group, is a leading transatlantic aerospace systems and equipment company, with more than 10,000 employees and $2 billion revenues worldwide.  The company holds key positions in the supply chains of all major military and civil aircraft and engine manufacturers and is a world-leader in digital, electrical power, mechanical systems, engine components and customer services. 

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