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REVUE THOMMEN of Waldenburg, Switzerland announced at Heli-Expo 2010 that they are introducing a new searchlight to the global rotary wing market. REVUE THOMMEN signed a broad and comprehensive licensing agreement with TRANSAS, the manufacturer of a technologically advanced helicopter searchlight.

TRANSAS is a large Russian manu- facturer of aviation and marine products designed for their domestic applications. After investigating the searchlight poten- tial of the US and other markets, and learning that without EASA or FAA air- worthiness certification, sale of the prod- uct was impossible, they entered into the Licensing Agreement with THOMMEN The licensing agreement is an effective response to market conditions and a nat- ural result of the two Companies’ com-

“The TSL-1600 Searchlight, engi-

neered by TRANSAS, fits perfectly into the THOMMEN business philosophy and strategy of delivering Swiss quality prod- ucts in niches where current product of- ferings fail to meet the needs of the market” stated Rudolf Iten, Director of Sales and Marketing and the Vice Chair- man of THOMMEN.

plementary manufacturing and marketing philosophies. The agreement calls for: • Exclusive worldwide sales and dis- tribution rights (except Russia)

• The complete transfer of all technical and design data and documentation

• Complete design and production au- thority at THOMMEN in Switzerland

The original TRANSAS design incor- porated a significant content of European and other western components. The re-de- signed THOMMEN TSL-1600, however, will be a certified product under the aus- pices of EASA and the FAA, will not in- clude any ITAR regulated components, and will essentially eliminate all Russian components. The final production line version of the TSL-1600 will ship with an EASA Form 1, Certificate of Airworthi- ness, similar to the FAA Certificate of Airworthiness, Form 8130.

The THOMMEN TSL-1600 design features include: • A THOMMEN Part Number and Manufacturer’s Nameplate.

• Integrated circuitry for all power management and control including active SLASS capability for onboard FLIR or camera systems.

• All the assemblies, mechanisms and connecting wires of the TSL-1600 searchlight are within the streamlined casing of the searchlight. The inte- gration of these components into the unit itself eliminates aerodynamic is- sues and the need for any additional clumsy remote junction boxes and in- termediate cabling.

• An automatic aerodynamic parking position when switched off, placing the lens facing aft avoiding potential damage from bird strikes and other FOD.

• An optional, bolt-on low power IR il- luminator mounted on bottom of the searchlight casing requiring no addi- tional adjustment operations or set- tings during mounting. When operating in IR mode the main lamp is off reducing the power consump- tion and the heat signature of the air-

craft. ❚

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