15 April 2015
HELRAS DS-100 - Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (all photos : L3 Ocean Systems)
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rotorcraft Services Group, Inc. (RSG), an industry leader in aircraft technical services, announced its teaming agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for the development and integration of an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare suite for the Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopter. The integrated mission equipment suite will include L-3 Ocean Systems DS-100 Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) and Raytheon Mk46 or Whitehead A244/S lightweight torpedo launching system. The systems modular design will allow the multirole ASW helicopter to be quickly reconfigured for non-combat roles, including Maritime Surveillance, Search and Rescue, MEDEVAC, Utility and External Cargo Lift operations.
“We look forward to leveraging our company’s unique blend of expertise, customer commitment and drive for innovation to deliver the most advanced and cost effective ASW platform for the Indonesian Armed Forces in partnership with PTDI, L-3 Oceans systems and Airbus Helicopters “ said Fida Waishek, President of RSG AeroDesign “The HELRAS has been demonstrated through numerous NATO naval exercises to be the highest performance helicopter dipping sonar in the world for both shallow and deep water operations. The low frequency system uses high resolution Doppler processing and long shaped pulses to detect submarines at very long range and near-zero Doppler target signal.” In addition to its long-range surveillance and search capabilities, the DS-100 is well-suited to redetection, target localization and weapon delivery against deep and shallow water targets.
RSG is an approved supplier for leading Aerospace OEMs worldwide including Agusta Aerospace Corporation, Airbus Helicopters, Changhe Aircraft Industries Group Co., Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, Hafei Aviation Industry Co., Helicopter Support Inc., Korean Aerospace Industries, L-3 Communications Ocean Systems, L-3 Communications Wescam, MD Helicopters, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Safran USA, Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Sikorsky Global Helicopters.
Rotorcraft Services Group business units include RSG Aviation, a full service completion and MRO facility serving all helicopter makes and models; RSG Products, a manufacturer of FAA PMA approved products including Garmin G500H installation kits, air conditioning systems and airborne video camera systems; and RSG AeroDesign, an integrated engineering unit providing comprehensive engineering and certification services and products to both the fixed-wing and rotary-wing markets. Additional information is available on the Web at www.rotorcraftservices.com