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EADS Receives Contract To Build SETI Systems For Navy

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by Staff Writers
Irvine, CA (SPX) Feb 03, 2009
EADS North America Test and Services has been awarded a five-year contract to produce the new Shaft Engine Test Instrumentation (SETI) system for the test of U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter engines.

The firm-fixed-price contract with a total value of approximately $30 million is for 21 systems: 19 production units and two pilot units. There is an option for three additional production systems.

The SETI system will replace legacy engine testers, providing a highly capable intermediate test solution with automated data capture, reporting, and transfer. SETI's advantages over the older systems include its increased flexibility for engine testing, lower logistics and manpower requirements, as well as reduced fuel use during engine test runs.

The company has previously built and delivered four SETI engineering prototypes in a multi-year design and proof-of-concept phase, which validated the automated testing concept for shaft engines.

These test systems are similar to the ones EADS North America Test and Services developed for the Jet Engine Test Instrument (JETI) systems, which are utilized on both land-based and aircraft carrier installations.

JETI platforms are capable of testing the F414, F404, F110, F405, F402 and J52 jet engines, as well as aircraft auxiliary power units.

"We are honored that the U.S. Navy has selected us as the prime contractor to provide this critical test system to our troops in support of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps helicopters," said Jim Mulato, president of EADS North America Test and Services.

"We have assembled the right team and look forward to expanding our relationship with these key customers as we provide and support the SETI systems for deployment around the world."

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