Sikorsky Announces Contract to Upgrade Colombia Black Hawks
Sikorsky, November 04, 2008 - STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aerospace Services, the aftermarket company of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced a multimillion- dollar contract to convert six Colombian Air Force UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopters into the more modern UH-60L configuration. Two additional upgrade kits also are included in the program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The U.S. Army and Sikorsky Aerospace Services have performed A-to-L conversions on U.S. Army BLACK HAWK helicopters. Colombia operates the world’s third-largest BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet, and with this new contract becomes the first international customer for the A-to-L conversion program.
"As the BLACK HAWK helicopter manufacturer, Sikorsky is uniquely qualified to do this work for governments around the world. We expect to significantly grow this part of our Global Maintenance and Modifications business," said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
The A-to-L conversion program includes a T700-701D engine upgrade for increased power and reliability, an enhanced main gearbox with increased durability, new flight controls and wiring harnesses, and avionics and instrument panel modifications. The Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services will perform most of the work at its Chase Field, Texas, facility. Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ Helicopter Support, Inc. (HSI) unit will procure the parts and manage the program.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed wing customers. Sikorsky Aerospace Services comprises Derco Aerospace, Inc., Helicopter Support, Inc., Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, Composite Technology, Inc., and Sikorsky Aircraft Australia - Helitech, and offers complete aftermarket support solutions globally.
Sikorsky Aircraft’s mission statement reflects the company's long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every timeTM." More information is available at the interactive www.sikorsky.com Web site.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be modified; challenges in the installation and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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