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Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman) has announced that its air vehicles and maintenance, repair and overhaul MRO (AVMRO) division has successfully secured a contract for $39.8 million with General Dynamics Mission Systems — Canada to commence work on the implementation phase of the previously announced Peruvian Navy’s SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft program. The total expected value to Kaman for the combined program, including this contract and previously issued contracts, now totals $50.5 million, total sales of $10.6 million had already been recognized as revenue through April 1, 2016, and the balance is expected to be recognized through the remainder of the program.
“We are very pleased to be working with General Dynamics Mission Systems — Canada to provide advanced maritime, search-and-rescue, and surveillance capabilities to the Peruvian Navy,” said Drake Klotzman, general manager AVMRO. “The SH-2G platform is proven to meet the demanding maritime requirements of today’s rapidly changing naval environment and we are confident that the addition of the SH-2G aircraft to its fleet will enhance the Peruvian Navy’s defense capabilities. We are looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with Peru and General Dynamics Mission Systems — Canada to support and service these aircraft.”
“We are pleased to be teamed with Kaman, the OEM [original equipment manufacturer] of the highly capable SH-2G on this program,” said Brian Fava, vice president of air and naval systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems — Canada. “The SH-2G is well suited for the needs of the Peruvian Navy and we look forward to providing remanufactured and upgraded aircraft for the nation’s long-term defense requirements.”
The program began with a preliminary design effort in 2014. During the implementation phase, which is expected to last through 2018, four aircraft will undergo extensive remanufacture and upgrade by Kaman at its Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. Kaman’s Jacksonville, Florida operation will contribute manufacturing effort and its Everett, Washington engineering organization will provide design support to the program.