CPI Aerostructures Announces MH-53E Sea Dragon Component MRO Contract from Sikorsky Aircraft

Provides Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services for Tow Hook Assemblies

May 25, 2017


EDGEWOOD, NY --  - CPI Aerostructures, Inc. ("CPI Aero®") (NYSE American: CVU) announced today that it has received a contract from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), to provide maintenance repair and overhaul services for tow hook assemblies used on the MH-53E Sea Dragon, the U.S. Navy's primary airborne mine countermeasures aircraft. CPI Aero will tear down, inspect, overhaul, and repair an initial quantity of 15 tow hook assemblies for evaluation and expects to receive additional quantities in the future. The cumulative value of the initial 15 repair orders could approach $1 million, depending on the level of repair that is required. CPI Aero has previously manufactured new tow hook assemblies under a spares contract awarded by Sikorsky in 2010. The tow hook assembly, a complex electromechanical device, consists of precision machined parts, springs, and linkage mechanisms that lock the cable in place during towing operations.


The MH-53E can operate from carriers and other warships, and is capable of towing a variety of mine hunting/sweeping countermeasures systems, including the MK 105 minesweeping sled, the ASQ-14 side-scan sonar, and the Mk 103 mechanical minesweeping system. The Navy currently has 28 MH-53E in service.


"The expertise we gained from manufacturing these assemblies in the past enabled CPI Aero to put forth an MRO proposal with greatly reduced program execution risk for our customer, delivering our first component MRO win," stated Douglas J. McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero. "The contract also builds upon a very successful aerostructures MRO program on BLACK HAWK® that we have been performing for Sikorsky since 2013 and that has exceeded the customer's expectations for quality, turnaround time and technical support."


About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


About CPI Aero

CPI Aero is a U.S. manufacturer of structural assemblies for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance pod systems in both the commercial aerospace and national security markets. Within the global aerostructure supply chain, CPI Aero is either a Tier 1 supplier to aircraft OEMs or a Tier 2 subcontractor to major Tier 1 manufacturers. CPI also is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, primarily the Air Force. In conjunction with its assembly operations, CPI Aero provides engineering, program management, supply chain management, and MRO services. CPI Aero is included in the Russell Microcap® Index.


The above statements include forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which are described from time to time in CPI Aero's SEC reports, including CPI Aero's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.


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Chief Financial Officer

CPI Aero

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