SKU-10A/A Survival Seat Kit
SKU-10A/A Survival Seat Kit

Martin Baker Awarded US Navy Contract to Produce SKU-10A/A and SKU-11A/A Survival Seat Kit

Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., Middlesex, United Kingdom, is awarded a $28,925,000 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order procures the production and support of Lot 3 SKU-10A/A and SKU-11A/A survival seat kit assembly for the enhanced emergency oxygen system for the Navy. The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd. is a British manufacturer of ejection seats and safety-related equipment for aviation. The company’s origins were originally as an aircraft manufacturer. The company’s headquarters are in Higher Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, with other sites in France, Italy and the United States. Martin-Baker supplies ejection seats for 93 air forces worldwide. Martin-Baker seats have been fitted into over 200 fixed-wing and rotary types.

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Martin-Baker claimed in 2016 that since the first live ejection test in 1945, a total of 7,613 lives have been saved by the company’s ejection seats. Martin-Baker also manufactures what it calls “crashworthy” seats for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. As of 2012, over 20,000 crashworthy seats have been delivered. The Martin-Baker company continues as a family-run business, run by the two twin sons of the late Sir James Martin since Autumn 1979.

SKU-10A/A Survival Seat Kit
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Amanda Hansen, left, and Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Latreese Atkins perform maintenance on a SKU-10/A survival seat kit aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ellen Sharkey/Released)
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