WHI Global, LLC (WHI), an integrated manufacturer of metal and composite structures for the aerospace & defense industry, has been selected by Sikorsky to produce the Cockpit Escape Hatches, Transition to Cabin Joining Kit and Transition to Tail Rotor Pylon Joining Kit for the CH-53K Heavy Lift helicopter.
The contract is valued at over $60 million, and the assemblies will be produced at WHI’s facilities in Springfield and Tulsa, US.
WHI is a long-term supplier on the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter, among other military and commercial rotorcraft platforms.
“We are very excited and honored by the trust Sikorsky has placed in our relationship, and our ability to execute on this critical statement of work,” said Al Altieri, Chief Executive Officer of WHI. “We are honored to have the opportunity to serve our military as a key supplier on this remarkable aircraft.”
The Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter replaces the legacy CH-53E using proven and mature technologies and will deliver more than three times the capability of its predecessor. It is designed to improve aircraft, aircrew, and passenger survivability, reduce pilot workload, increase pilot situational awareness, and significantly reduce operating and support costs.