Smiths Aerospace has been selected by Korean Aerospace Industries to provide the next generation Health and Usage Monitoring System for the South Korean Helicopter Program.
The UKs’ Smiths Aerospace has been 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.
According to a statement, 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.
Having developed the first certified HUMS for the North Sea helicopter operations in 1991, Smiths’ HUMS have accumulated more than two million flight hours.