Duke Field/Eglin Air Force Base received two Combat Rescue Helicopters (HH-60W) last week. The arrival of the two CRH aircraft to the 413th Flight Test Squadron signals a shift into expanded flight tests. Read the Air Force’s news release and see hi-res photos here.
“The advanced systems of the Combat Rescue Helicopters will be rigorously exercised under strict U.S. Air Force test procedures in order to validate the mission systems in real world environment conditions,” said Greg Hames, Director, Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter program. “We are one step closer to delivering this critically needed capability to the warfighter.”
The five Engineering Manufacturing Development Aircraft (EMD) have completed more than 220 hours of flight testing at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center (DFC) in West Palm Beach, Florida and Stratford, Conn. The flight test program will continue to operate under an Integrated Test Team (ITT) that is comprised of Sikorsky and Air Force personnel. Testing will continue in West Palm Beach in parallel to testing at Duke Field.
A sixth aircraft flew for the first time this week in Stratford. It will soon transition to Lockheed Martin in Owego, New York for testing of the tactical mission kit (TMK). We expect a seventh aircraft to enter into flight test in December.