Jenoptik's Defense & Civil Systems division has secured a series production contract to provide generator controllers for US Navy helicopters.
Deliveries under this $3.3m two-year contract will be used in the entire fleet of transport helicopters type CH-53E starting later this year in order to control the power supply aboard the helicopter.
Jenoptik president and CEO Michael Mertin said: "This series production contract is an important step for the internationalisation of our Defense & Civil Systems division.
"It provides lasting confirmation that our innovative solutions also attract attention in the US military market."
The company will manufacture these generator controllers at its Wedel and Essen sites in Germany and expected to deliver them to the US Naval Supply Systems Command.
The Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter is used by the US Navy for vertical delivery and recovery of damaged aircraft on aircraft carriers, while the US Marine Corps deploys the helicopter to support amphibious assault missions and for transporting heavy equipment.
Powered by three General Electric turbofan engines, the Super Stallion is armed with an ATK AN / AAR-47 missile warning system, chaff and flare dispensers, as well as two 0.50-calibre machine guns mounted in the windows on the sides of the helicopter.
In 2009, Jenoptik's generator controller was included in the US Department of Defense programme, foreign comparative testing.
The programme is designed to allow the US Armed Forces to test technologies and products that demonstrate a high degree of technological maturity and are used by allied nations.
Image: A Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Alan Radecki Akradecki.