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DRS to Enhance Flight Controls for Search and Rescue Helicopter

DRS Defense Solutions has won a $12 million contract to upgrade the Air Force‘s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, DRS announced Monday.

DRS said it will add an improved Altitude Hold and Hover Stabilization system to the helicopter, used primarily for search and rescue operations.

DRS said it will upgrade the helicopter’s capabilities in hover and cruise, automatic descent and landing. DRS said it will also develop technical data packages.

“A large portion of helicopter losses in Iraq and Afghanistan can be attributed to weather-related issues such as brown-out conditions and flying into unknown terrain,“ said Logen Thiran, president of DRS’ intelligence, communications and avionics solutions business unit. “Our IAHHS technology will play a critical role in ensuring the safety of those in and around the aircraft.”

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