CPI Aerostructures Gets MH-53E Component MRO Contract
EDGEWOOD, N.Y. — CPI Aerostructures Inc. announced in a May 25 release that it has received a contract from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for tow hook assemblies used on the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, the U.S. Navy’s primary airborne mine countermeasures aircraft.
CPI Aero will tear down, inspect, overhaul and repair an initial quantity of 15 tow hook assemblies for evaluation and expects to receive additional quantities in the future. The cumulative value of the initial 15 repair orders could approach $1 million, depending on the level of repair that is required.
CPI Aero has previously manufactured new tow hook assemblies under a spares contract awarded by Sikorsky in 2010. The tow hook assembly, a complex electromechanical device, consists of precision machined parts, springs and linkage mechanisms that lock the cable in place during towing operations.
The MH-53E can operate from carriers and other warships, and can tow a variety of mine hunting/sweeping countermeasures systems, including the Mark 105 minesweeping sled, the ASQ-14 side-scan sonar, and the Mark 103 mechanical minesweeping system. The Navy currently has 28 MH-53E in service.
“The expertise we gained from manufacturing these assemblies in the past enabled CPI Aero to put forth an MRO proposal with greatly reduced program execution risk for our customer, delivering our first component MRO win,” stated Douglas J. McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero. “The contract also builds upon a very successful aerostructures MRO program on the Black Hawk helicopter that we have been performing for Sikorsky since 2013 and that has exceeded the customer's expectations for quality, turnaround time and technical support.”