Thursday, December 20, 2012
Coast Guard to Use Honeywell HUMS for MH-60Ts
Honeywell has been awarded a $4.8 million contract to install health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) onboard the entire fleet of U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T helicopters.
HUMS is a sensor-based monitoring system that enables preventative maintenance by measuring the health and performance of mission-critical components. The Coast Guard will use 42 of Honeywell's Zing HUMS 1239 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits, all of which will be delivered before the end of 2012, to monitor critical drivetrain components such as the helicopters’ rotor shafts, making sure that the aircraft is ready to fly at all times. The data collected by the system is easily downloadable into a user-friendly ground station that allows operators to quickly see the status of all selected components instantly, without the costs associated with traditional contractor support.
The U.S. military as well as ministries of defense worldwide use Honeywell HUMS products onboard rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. Honeywell HUMS products are currently installed or in use on U.S. Army AH-64D, OH-58D and CH-47D; all U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command rotor wing platforms; and thousands of commercial rotorcraft including a wide variety of AugustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, MD Helicopters, Sikorsky and other platforms.