Erickson Subcontracted to Refurbish MH-53E Helicopters for U.S. Navy
Adams Communication and Engineering Technologies has called upon Erickson to assist the United States Navy in refurbishing two Sikorsky MH-53E helicopters. Under the contract, Erickson will repair the Sea Dragons back into service. They were chosen by the US Navy based on their extensive experience with large Sikorsky-made helicopters, plus their manufacturing capabilities.
Both helicopters are used as part of the Navy’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Program. Their repair schedule is one base year, with another optional year. This is one of the biggest helicopters currently used by the US Navy, so the repair process will see many phases before they are fully operational.
This contract is a depot-level maintenance event, which is significant because it marks the first time the US Navy has given out a contract of this type to a commercial contractor.
Officials at Erickson were delighted to show their support for the armed forces by teaming up with the Navy. The chopper is crucial to their efforts, as it is used to complete important defense missions with many lives at risk.
“Erickson is pleased to partner with ACET in support of this project,” said Jeff Roberts, President and CEO of Erickson. “We take great pride in assisting the U.S. Navy to enhance their fleet capabilities.”
The company is very familiar with this type of rotorcraft. The drawings and specification systems used for the S64 – which Erickson manufactures – is very closely related to the S65 family, which the MH-53E falls under. Both designs were created during the same time period, so it’s an easy transition for those familiar with either.
The repairs will begin within the next few weeks at Erickson’s Medford, OR facilities. The expansive hangar is located near Rogue Valley International Airport, and is famous for its support of aircraft operations around the world.
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