Cobham has been awarded a five-year contract from the US Army to provide Microclimate Cooling Systems to the Air Warrior programme office.
Cobham’s initial task order is valued at approximately $6.5m (£4m), with expected revenue of up to $110m during the next five years.
Cobham’s Microclimate Cooling System (MCS), a compact, lightweight, self-contained vapour compression cycle cooling system, is designed for operation on helicopters and ground vehicles.
The MCS helps prevent heat stress by maintaining safe core body temperatures. It is said to extend the mission duration of military personnel who are deployed to extreme climates, or whose equipment, such as body armour or other protective clothing, causes overheating in transit.
More than 15,000 systems are employed by US military helicopters – including the AH-64 Apache, the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Blackhawk – and US military ground vehicles including the Bradley, Stryker and M1A1 tanks.
Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Life Support, a business unit within Cobham’s Mission Systems Division, at Orchard Park, New York.