Eaton Contract for Fluid Power Components On Army´s New Comanche Helicopter has $250 Million Potential


CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2001--Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) said today its Aerospace business unit has entered into a memorandum of understanding contract award with Sikorsky Aircraft to provide the fluid power components for the complete hydraulic system of the U. S. Army's new RAH-66 Comanche helicopter.

The engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase contract

award represents more than $8 million, and the total program potential

for Eaton exceeds $250 million over the next 25 years.

The RAH-66 Comanche is the world's most advanced helicopter and

the cornerstone of the Army's objective aviation modernization plan.

The new helicopter has a cruising speed of 185 miles per hour, and a

dash speed of 197 miles per hour. It is also highly maneuverable, with

the ability to execute snap turns in 4.5 seconds and fly sideways and

backwards at up to 70 mph.

The advanced aircraft will incorporate a number of Eaton fluid

power components including two 3000 psi pump reservoir modules, one

System III reservoir module, one heat exchanger, one starter pump and

two cartridge vane motors per aircraft.

During the EMD phase from 2001 through 2006, 13 fully equipped

aircraft will be built and flight tested. Full production of the

advanced helicopter is scheduled to begin in 2007 and last through

2025. Current requirements call for more than 1,200 helicopters to be

produced for the Army.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of

hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and

integrated systems; electric motors; aircraft flap and slat systems;

fluid conveyance products and systems; nose wheel steering systems;

integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load

management systems; pressure sensors and fluid debris monitoring

products and systems. Eaton's Aerospace business unit serves

commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine

and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a global $8 billion diversified industrial

manufacturer that is a leader in fluid power systems; electrical power

quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management

and fuel economy; and intelligent truck systems for fuel economy and

safety. Eaton's 54,000 employees work in 29 countries on six

continents. For more information, visit

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