Battelle announced Thursday it has completed the preliminary design phase of its objective helicopter icing spray system OHISS.
The Colombus Ohio,-based firm won a $13 million contract in June 2011 to develop a new system that tests how well aircraft operate in icy conditions.
The current test system is more than 30 years old.
Battelle said the new hardware kit can be installed on a CH-47F aircraft and produces two icing cloud configurations.
The first cloud is created to test wing and rotor performance while the other examines fuselage and engine inlet performance at lower altitudes and slower air speeds.
John Moorehead, Battelle program manager, said the transportable and bigger OHISS kit will help improve cloud icing control.
The company is looking to deploy the new system by fiscal year 2016.