Coast Guard Awards Contract For H-65 Helicopter Components

September 14, 2018 – The Coast Guard awarded a $15.9 million contract to Airbus Helicopters Inc. Aug. 22 to procure three critical structural components for its H-65 short range recovery helicopters as part of a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). The sole source contract includes the following commercial items; the canopy, center console floor assembly and the lower right nine degree frame. The Coast Guard elected to order 87 canopies in the base period, which resulted in a $2.5 million cost savings to the government. Under the contract, canopy deliveries…

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Coast Guard Releases Request For Information For Polar Star Service Life Extension Project

The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) July 18 to gather market research for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star service life extension project (SLEP) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program (ISVS). The SLEP effort will recapitalize a number of major systems – including machinery control and propulsion power distribution systems – and extend the service life of the cutter by four years. The work will include a six-month long lead time material procurement and detailed design phase, followed by a minimum of three annual repair…

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MH-60T Service Life Extension Program Approved To Proceed To Next Phase

The MH-60T Jayhawk service life extension program (SLEP) received approval from the Department of Homeland Security on Feb. 20 to proceed to the next acquisition phase, allowing the program to move forward with analyzing its options for keeping the service’s medium range recovery helicopter fleet operational through the mid-2030s. The Coast Guard’s H-60 helicopters have been in service since 1990. The service established a program in 2002 to upgrade them to address obsolescence issues and outfit the helicopters with equipment to better meet operational needs. That program, which transitioned to…

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