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Breeze-Eastern announced plans this week for a Fredericksburg-based research and product development center, according to a release from the corporation.
New Jersey-based Breeze-Eastern Corp. designs and manufactures high-performance lifting and pulling devices for helicopters, military cargo aircraft, and other aerospace/defense platforms, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks and weapons-lifting systems.
The “ Innovation Center” will be led by Brad Repp, who has joined Breeze-Eastern as vice president of product development.
They are expecting to hire new staff in Fredericksburg in the coming months.
Part of the operations at the local center will be developing the “MissionView” system, which “integrates state-of-the-art sensor systems, day/night cameras and a lighted hook with modern tablet computers to provide all crew members easy-to-understand real-time streaming video and other information critical to the mission.”
Engineering work, including testing, qualification, field and production support of legacy products and ongoing development programs, will remain at Breeze-Eastern’s New Jersey location.
“As the industry’s dedicated hoist, winch and hook specialists, we are taking the lead to innovate and think beyond what’s always been done,” said Brad Pedersen, president and CEO. “The development of the MissionView system and the new Innovation Center are important first steps, and there is much more still to come.”
Repp has been involved with aerospace and defense-related work for more than 30 years. He recently served as the chief technology officer for HDT Global.