Sikorsky, November 13, 2007 - DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the Bahrain Defence Forces have purchased another Sikorsky helicopter, selecting the VVIP S-92® helicopter for use by the Royal Bahrain Air Force. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"This latest purchase of a Sikorsky helicopter by the Kingdom of Bahrain is the result of the strong relationship that we continue to build upon with each opportunity to provide proven aircraft to this region of the world," said Stephen B. Estill, Sikorsky Vice President.
The purchase comes just a few months after the Kingdom of Bahrain signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to procure nine Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters from the U.S. Army through the Foreign Military Sales process. With that sale, Bahrain became the international launch customer for the newest and most advanced BLACK HAWK helicopter.
The UH-60M is the next generation model of the BLACK HAWK helicopter and features new and upgraded technology that improves lift capability, engine power, protection and survivability.
BLACK HAWK helicopter derivatives today are serving 26 governments around the world in a diverse range of missions, from combat assault and peacekeeping to disaster relief and medical evacuation. Sikorsky also plans to introduce a BLACK HAWK helicopter model specifically for the international market, with production taking place in Mielec, Poland, and deliveries starting in 2010-2011.
The S-92 helicopter has established a leading position in the offshore oil - more - industry and fills a variety of other missions including search and rescue, VIP and head of state transport. It was the world's first helicopter certified to the latest and most rigorous safety standards of both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every timeTM." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, 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 built; challenges in the design, development, production 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.