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July 2006 edition

Development due to start for $21m HUMS contract

Smiths Aerospace has been awarded the contract for the development and supply of its comprehensive HUMS technology for the new Future Lynx helicopter by AgustaWestland. The contract, valued at $21 million, involves the implementation of the Smiths combined Health & Usage Monitoring System and Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (HUMS/CVFDR) capability on 70 Future Lynx aircraft for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Development is due to start this year at the Smiths' facilities located at Southampton in the UK and Michigan in the U.S. HUMS production deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2011. The HUMS application will be integrated into both the Army - 40 Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopters (BRH) and Navy - 30 Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR).

Dr. John Ferrie, president, Smit....

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