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Jenoptik presents new prototype of a civilian rescue winch

The “SkyHoist 800” rescue winch is developed by the Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems division in cooperation with ZF Aviation Technology. The prototype is being presented for the first time at the HAI Heli Expo trade fair in America.

SkyHoist 800 rescue winch

Jenoptik is exhibiting its prototype of a new civilian electric rescue winch at the specialist exhibition for rotary-wing aircraft from March 1-3, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA. The “SkyHoist 800” is developed in collaboration with ZF Aviation Technology, and can be viewed on stand 8761 of the globally operating specialist for the development, manufacture and maintenance of gearbox applications and aviation test benches.

The “SkyHoist 800” represents a new generation of civilian rescue winches with better performance and lower deployment costs, with outstanding reliability under all deployment conditions. The winch has been developed on the basis of a new type of modular concept that reduces stop times during maintenance and therefore saves money. The planned sophisticated capstan technology will withstand tensile loads of up to 360 kilograms and reliably handle a maximum lifting speed of 2 meters per second. This means that the capacity of the SkyHoist 800 exceeds the usual market parameters by far. The target weight of the end product is less than 48 kilograms. The market launch is planned for after 2017. ZF Aviation Technology is bringing more than 100 years of aviation experience into the development of the rescue winch, which will be advantageous with regard to safety and reliability.

As a specialist in the aviation supply industry, Jenoptik can look back on more than forty years of winch manufacturing tradition at the Wedel site. Life-saving missions have been flown with the rescue winch on the Bell UH 1D helicopter since the 1970s. NATO also flies on rescue missions with the NH 90 transport helicopter with a Jenoptik winch.

About Jenoptik and the Defense & Civil Systems division

As an integrated photonics company, Jenoptik is active in the five divisions of Optical Systems, Healthcare & Industry, Automotive, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers all over the world are mainly companies in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, the automotive and automotive supply industry, medical engineering, security and defence technology and the aviation industry.

The Defense & Civil Systems division develops, produces and distributes mechatronic and sensor systems for civil and military applications. The portfolio ranges from individual assemblies, which customers integrate into their systems, through to complete systems and end products. The division’s areas of competence are energy systems, optical sensor systems, stabilization systems, aviation systems as well as radomes & composites. Top-quality customer service ensures that the Jenoptik products and customer systems are supported over their useful lives, which generally extend over many years. The mechatronic products include diesel-electric gensets, electrical machines such as alternators, electric motors or converters, power electronics, heating systems and control units as well as lift systems and rescue hoists. They are used in drive, stabilization and energy systems for military and civil vehicles, rail and aircraft equipment. The sensor systems include infrared camera systems and laser rangefinders which are primarily used in automation technology, as well as security technology and military reconnaissance.


Point of Contact Petra Klaehn - Manager Communications and Marketing Defense and Civil Systems division

Petra Klähn

Communications and Marketing

+49 4103 60-4947

+49 4103 60-4501

Point of contact Katrin Lauterbach - Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing Jenoptik

Katrin Lauterbach

Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing

+49 3641 65-4455

+49 3641 65-2484

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