Korean Air has been selected by the US Navy to
be the sole provider of depot-level maintenance services for its
CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters.
Recognized by the US government for
its MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) capabilities, Korean Air
was chosen over the current contractor during a recent bid held by
the US Navy Supply Command.
As part of the KRW 50
billion deal with the US Navy, Korean Air will provide depot-level
maintenance services for 40 CH-53 helicopters based in Japan from
June 2015 until 2020.
Korean Air previously conducted depot-level
maintenance services for CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters from 1989 to
Depot-level aircraft maintenance entails a
series of processes that require advanced technology. When an
aircraft is placed in a depot, various systems are tested. The
systems are taken apart and examined using techniques such as
non-destructive tests. Any defects found will be repaired
immediately and overhauled for improving performance.
The CH-53 helicopter, built by Sikorsky Aircraft and also
known as ďStallionĒ, is usually used for long distance
transportation of troops and heavy military equipment, mine
detection and clearance.
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