7/30/2007 - STRATFORD, Conn., - Sikorsky Aircraft
Corp. today reported the successful ground testing of
new fly-by-wire technology designed to improve
significantly the maneuverability, safety and
effectiveness of aircraft. It will debut on 28 H-92
helicopters that the Canadian military forces will
begin receiving in early 2009.
The fly-by-wire system electronically links the
controls inside the cockpit with the exterior
actuators, the movement of which enable the aircraft
to maneuver where and how the pilot intends.
Eliminating the traditional mechanical linkage saves
weight, reduces maintenance costs, adds capability and
improves performance. The new system was developed in
association with BAE Systems.
"During two days of ground testing, the fly-by-wire
system performed exactly as designed and met every
expectation," said Dan Hunter, Sikorsky manager for
the Canadian H-92 program. "We're on track toward
system certification and then providing the Canadian
Forces with these state-of-the-art helicopters."
The H-92 is a military variant of the Sikorsky S-92
helicopter. The Canadian Forces will use the aircraft
for search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare,
anti-surface warfare and utility transport. In
addition to the fly-by-wire system, they will feature
the Rotor Ice Protection System, which the Transport
Canada regulatory agency certified in 2005 as enabling
safe flight into known icing conditions. Other
features include a full glass cockpit, 360 degree
radar, forward looking infrared system, acoustics
mission equipment, torpedo armament system, full
defensive protection suite and shipboard haul-down
system, and automatic blade and tail fold.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford,
Connecticut, USA, is a world leader in helicopter
design, manufacturing and service. The company's
mission statement reflects its long commitment to
safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions
that bring people home everywhere...every time."
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Source: Sikorsky Press Release