For instance, more than 30 days have gone by since DCMA "expect[ed] formal response [to the letter]. Do you have any thoughts as to what the response was?
PENTAGON RESOLVES BLACK HAWK DISPUTE
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. Defense Department has withdrawn its threat to penalize a company that sells utility helicopters to the Middle East.
The Pentagon has closed a formal complaint regarding the Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters, sold both to the U.S. military and Middle East clients. Both helicopters have been manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft, which had been threatened with penalties by the Pentagon.
In mid-December, Sikorsky submitted a plan to improve quality control of the Black Hawk and Seahawk, plagued by problems in the rear rotor tail. The Pentagon said it was withdrawing its complaint, known as Level III Corrective Action Request.
"Sikorsky did respond with a plan to address the government's concern and this plan adequately addresses the issues as stated in the CAR," Ann Jensis-Dale, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said.
Sikorsky Settles Quality Issue
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In November 2006, the Pentagon sent a letter to Sikorsky Aircraft criticizing its management for quality control and delays in the production of Black Hawk helicopters.
Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies, subsequently submitted a plan for addressing the concerns in a Level III corrective action request (CAR) issued in November, according to the Hartford Courant.
“Sikorsky did respond with a plan to address the government’s concern and this plan adequately addresses the issues as stated in the CAR,” said Ann Jensis-Dale, a defense contract spokeswoman.
The company will establish a training program for its Florida Black Hawk subcontractor that will teach employees the Sikorsky production system, and it will examine what its subcontractors actually do in the production of military helicopters.
The aircraft unit has increased the number of quality control inspectors at Crestview Aerospace Corp. from six to 15 and now does extra inspections of some key parts, such as rotor blade connections and flight controls.