The US Navy has awarded Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) a contract worth $600,000 for an initial batch of crashworthy troop seats for the Sikorsky Aircraft CH-53D heavy-lift helicopter. Options in the contract call for procurement of a large number of the energy-absorbing seats made by IAI's Mata Division. The US Congress has earmarked $14 million for improved CH-53 passenger seats.

Source: Flight International