Thommen, February 17, 2014 - WALDENBURG, SWITZERLAND — Revue Thommen, AG (Thommen) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the design and supply of high-performance Helicopter Searchlight Systems (HSL1600 series) for use in Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopters.
As a result of this agreement, Thommen will offer the latest airborne searchlight systems innovation in a single LRU, high intensity, and high resolution ruggedized searchlight system with detection ranges exceeding 1600 meters.
S-92 helicopters perform search and rescue (SAR) missions, head of state missions, as well as a variety of transportation missions for offshore oil and gas crews, utility and airline passengers. The aircraft incorporates numerous safety features, including a flaw-tolerant design. It was certified to harmonized Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada Part 29 requirements, as amended through Amendment 29-47, and remains the only aircraft in its class that is certified to this rigorous airworthiness standard without exception or waiver. Since entering service in September 2004, the S-92 fleet has grown to more than 200 aircraft. The global fleet has logged more than 600,000 flight hours to date.
Thommen has earned its long reputation as a quality leader in the aerospace and defence markets by providing the highest quality aircraft instruments, digital air data computers, aircraft clocks and special mission equipment, such as the HSL1600 helicopter searchlight featuring integrated IR-filter and laser pointer. With over 75 years of market presence, Thommen has developed an in-depth understanding of aerospace and defence application requirements that naturally led to further integration of our airborne searchlight systems and special mission equipment. This agreement with Sikorsky enables Thommen to better serve customers that are continuously looking to obtain high-quality, high-performance searchlight systems, aircraft instruments, and special mission equipment.
“Thommen is honoured to partner with Sikorsky on this helicopter program. Sikorsky provides us with a global market reach and long-term support to our overall strategy,” said Ulrich Dembinski, CEO, Thommen.
About Thommen Searchlights: Established in 1853, Thommen is a privately owned company. The company headquarters are based in Waldenburg, Switzerland with global reach into international markets. Thommen has grown into a trusted and leading provider of Searchlight and aircraft equipment solutions for the aerospace and defence markets worldwide.
Revue Thommen AG, based in Waldenburg, Switzerland, is a leading manufacturer of aircraft instruments and air data systems used worldwide on a full range of aircraft types from helicopters to corporate aircraft, commercial airliners and military aircraft. Thommen is ISO 9001:2000, EASA Part 21 and EASA Part 145 certified.