Air Industries to Supply Black Hawk, Superhawk Helicopter Components for Two Customers

New York-based Air Industries Group has signed $8.2 million in contracts to provide UH-60 Black Hawk and H-92 Superhawk helicopter components for two users.

The UH-60 is the primary rotorcraft operated by the US Army for troop deployment, medical evacuation, cargo lift, and associated logistics operations.

Meanwhile, the H-92 is a tactical derivative of the S-92 commercial transport helicopter. Developer Sikorsky offers the H-92 in executive and search and rescue configurations.

Air Industries will supply “critical” materials including the main transmission beam and flight control assemblies for the users.

Work for this effort is scheduled to commence next year.

“These contract awards provide tangible evidence of growing demand for critical military aircraft parts and our prominent role in supporting vital military aircraft programs,” Air Industries CEO Lou Melluzzo stated.

“While the H-92 is a relatively new and welcome addition to our portfolio, we have been a supplier of flight critical assemblies for the Black Hawk for over four decades, and we are dedicated to continuing this commitment.”

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 26, 2021) A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Superhawk lands on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) during MALABAR 2021. Barry is currently on deployment supporting Commander, Task Force 71 (CTF 71)/Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON 15), the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Stack)
Japanese H-92 Superhawk helicopter. Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Stack/US Navy

The UH-60 and H-92

The UH-60 Black Hawk is powered by twin turboshaft engines for a speed of 193 knots (357 kilometers/ 22 miles per hour) and a maximum altitude of 19,000 feet (5,800 meters).

The 64-foot (20-meter) aircraft has the capacity for up to 8,000 pounds (3,600 kilograms) of external payload, up to 11 combat-equipped troops, and weapons such as mounted heavy machine guns and rockets.

Also powered by twin engines, the H-92 has a maximum speed of 165 knots (306 kilometers/65 miles per hour) and a service ceiling of 15,000 feet (4,600 meters).

It is the larger alternative to the Black Hawk for transport missions, accommodating up to 22 personnel.

Recent Aircraft Component Projects

Air Industries received similar contracts in January to supply components for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy transport helicopter and an unnamed developmental aircraft, as well as the F-135 engine that powers Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

In September 2023, the company signed deals for landing solutions for the US Navy’s E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. One month earlier, the company agreed to deliver additional components for the plane as well as the navy’s F-35s.

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