Onboard Systems International, a leading provider of innovative
helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has been selected as
the sole supplier of fast rope cargo hooks for the NH90 Helicopter
Program led by NHIndustries (NHI). Fast roping is an air assault
maneuver that rapidly inserts soldiers into a combat situation without
the need to land an aircraft.
"Our fast rope cargo hook had previously passed a high level of
rigorous qualification testing for use in AgustaWestland's EH101 and
Lynx aircraft," said Jason Lemmon, General Manager for Onboard Systems.
"We are extremely pleased that our hook's proven design, lower system
weight and state-of-the-art safety innovations allowed us to supply an
economical, off-the-shelf solution that also met the stringent
requirements of the NH90 Program." In addition to having lower maintenance costs and a lower system weight
than other fast rope hook systems, Onboard's fast rope cargo hook
system offers greater release safety ratings than comparable models.
"One of the primary reasons for our selection is the high level of release safety engineered into our hooks," Lemmon added. "In an emergency situation--for example, if a rope got snagged on the ground--the fast rope would exert such a tremendous force on the helicopter that the hook mechanism could fail to open, crashing the aircraft. We provide one of largest built-in safety margins in the industry, which significantly reduces the risk of hook release failure."
Onboard Systems, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON(TM) brand, including belly hooks, cargo hook suspension systems, weighing systems and remote hooks. Its low-weight, high-quality products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low on-going maintenance costs. Founded in 1975, Onboard Systems is a US corporation located Vancouver, Washington, with an international sales office in the UK.
NHIndustries (NHI) is the prime contractor for design and development, industrialization, production and logistic support of all variants of the NH90 Helicopter. NHI signs all proposals and contracts (including customizations) and is responsible for the marketing and sales of the NH90 Helicopter and its derivatives. It also is responsible for subcontracting the global industrial performance to its partner companies, which include Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, and Stork Fokker.