|The U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter for which Rockwell Collins will provide the avionics and mission equipment. Photo: Rockwell Collins
[Avionics Today 09-14-2015] Sikorsky has selected Rockwell Collins to provide avionics and mission equipment for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program. This includes the cockpit flight and mission display system, navigation radios and the advanced ARC-210 V/UHF communication system.
The CRH contract includes the newest generation ARC-210 to provide secure voice communications, including civil interoperability (APCO-25). It offers the CRH program future growth for advanced ad hoc networking as well as next generation satcom with the Mobile Users Objective System (MUOS) capability to bring increased throughput and simultaneous voice and data.
Sikorsky received the CRH engineering and manufacturing development contract in June 2014 to develop up to four helicopters, seven training systems, and to provide initial product support. The contract includes production options for fielding a total of 112 HH-60W helicopters, which will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of HH-60G helicopters.