Pall Wins U.S. Army Helicopter Contract

April 18, 2011
Filtration package will protect engines from sand, dust, particle erosion

Pall Corp. has a new $14-million contract from the United States Army to supply its Centrisep engine advanced protection system (EAPS) for 59 Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters in the U.S. military fleet. Deliveries will begin in December and continue through November 2012.

New York-based Pall develops and supplies filtration, separation, and purification technology. The Pall Aeropower subsidiary manufactures fluid filtration and separation systems for military and commercial aircraft and ships, and manufacturing equipment and machinery used in mining, pulp-and-paper manufacturing, primary metal producing and general manufacturing.

The Centrisep EAPS was developed to protect CH-47 helicopter engines from particle erosion by continuously separating dust and sand from inlet air. This is critical when operating the helicopter in desert environments, where sand, dust and other particles can quickly erode unprotected engines, leading to power loss or failure.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter employs a range of other Pall products for its hydraulic, transmission, engine lubrication, and fuel filtration systems.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is the U.S. Army's primary helicopter used principally to transport troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. It is also used for disaster relief, medical evacuations, fire fighting, parachute drops, and search and rescue.

“Pall’s filtration technology has been an integral part of the helicopter fleet for the U.S. Army as well as our allies using this workhorse helicopter,” stated Pall Aeropower president Jim Western. “The Centrisep EAPS provides critical protection for personnel and aircraft by preventing airborne contamination that can cause engine failure and by enhancing safety, reliability, availability, and performance."

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