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Higgins, Lee Praise Breakthrough Technology That Keeps U.S. Troops Safe

Aug 31, 2009
Press Release

Orchard Park – Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) toured Cobham’s Orchard Park facility, Carleton Technologies, to see firsthand how local manufacturers are working to keep our military safe. Recently, Cobham was awarded a $110 million Army contract to provide the military with cooling system technology.

In addition, the lawmakers have requested federal funding to procure approximately 300 Microclimate Cooling Units (MCU) for the M1 Abrams main battle tank. Currently, the M1 Abrams battle tank does not possess air conditioning systems suitable for desert climates. This project will significantly reduce soldier thermal heat stress, greatly improving soldier alertness, and reducing resultant soldier injuries and casualties. Studies done by the U. S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory have demonstrated a soldiers productivity increases when cooling systems are used. The House passed H.R. 3326 the fiscal 2010 Defense spending bill in late July, which included the funding for the breakthrough cooling technology, the Senate is expected to take up legislation in September.

"Carleton Technologies has been developing cutting edge technology right here in our backyard for decades," said Congressman Higgins.  "This significant contract for Cobham, Carleton's parent company, will keep local residents working and keep our military safe and healthy." 

"It is great to see a company right here in Western New York making a significant impact when it comes to protecting our troops in harm's way,” said Congressman Lee. “I am pleased that the U.S. Army has recognized the potential of this breakthrough technology, and I look forward to working with Congressman Higgins to support Cobham's continued efforts to create good-paying jobs in our area." 
“We greatly appreciate today’s visit, and the continued support Reps. Higgins and Lee provide for our men and women in uniform.” Ken Kota, general manager of Cobham Life Support in Orchard Park, NY.

Cobham specializes in developing airborne defense capabilities, including fighter and transport oxygen systems, external fuel tanks, tactical aircraft weapons carriage and release equipment for missile and guided bomb technologies, and air refueling systems. Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than $2.1 billion. The Orchard Park facility currently employs more than 300 people.