First Flight for Turkish Seahawk
Turkish Navy’s first, of eight, S-70B Seahawk helicopter completed its first flight January 18, 2001 at Sikorsky facility in Statford, Connecticut
Sikorsky, January 18, 2001 - STRATFORD, Conn. - The Turkish Navy’s first S-70B SEAHAWK helicopter conducted its first flight today at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s main facility here.
The two-hour flight was also the first time aloft for the Sikorsky Glass Cockpit in an international Naval Hawk.
Sikorsky is building eight S-70B aircraft for Turkey. The program includes modifications, publications, spares, ground support equipment and training. Deliveries will take place in 2001 and 2002.
The Sikorsky Glass Cockpit, supplied by Rockwell Collins, performed well during the two-hour flight, controlling flight and engine instrument displays and the communications and navigation functions. Pilots performed basic hover controllability checks. The aircraft was flown through a series of sideward and rearward flights, climbs and descents, auto-rotation, airspeed and vibration flight checks.
The shipboard helicopters will operate off MEKO and FFG-7 class frigates, and will be equipped to conduct a wide range of military missions, including anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare, maritime patrol and search and rescue.
Sikorsky's technical and systems integration expertise enables international customers to shape the S-70 SEAHAWK to their maritime helicopter requirements. Spain, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Greece and Thailand all fly their own versions of SEAHAWK helicopters.