Sikorsky Aircraft to Develop New Versatile BLACK HAWK Offerings

    FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL
 AIR SHOW -- Sikorsky Aircraft today announced plans to develop two new
 BLACK HAWK helicopter offerings for global market that will provide
 additional firepower and mission flexibility while building upon the
 combat-proven heritage of the world's most successful medium lift utility
 rotorcraft. Sikorsky Aircraft, based in Stratford, Conn., is a business
 unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:   UTX).
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     Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino outlined the new BLACK HAWKs during a
 media briefing at the Farnborough International Air Show.
     * An International BLACK HAWK helicopter produced with global partners and
       delivered from outside the United States. The International BLACK HAWK
       will provide multi-mission, 10-ton utility lift capability at a price
       comparable to helicopters in the 6-to-8 ton class.
 
     * An Armed BATTLEHAWK(TM) helicopter with an integrated electronics
       warfare suite and full compliment of armaments either as a new build
       aircraft or as a kit that can be retrofitted onto existing BLACK HAWK
       platforms. BATTLEHAWK will provide a combination of medium lift
       capability and firepower that cannot be duplicated by current dedicated
       utility or attack platforms
     "The International BLACK HAWK and Armed BATTLEHAWK will incorporate new
 technologies, state-of-the-art systems and modern manufacturing
 techniques," Pino said. "These new models build upon the legacy of
 excellence and continuous improvement that has characterized the BLACK HAWK
 throughout its history. As technology has changed and improved, the BLACK
 HAWK platform has evolved so that it continues to set the standard for
 versatile multi-mission medium lift utility helicopters."
     Both will remain true to the BLACK HAWK's legendary combat-proven
 heritage. To emphasize the point, Pino displayed a photo of a BLACK HAWK
 flown by an international customer that returned home safely after a rocket
 propelled grenade blasted a gapping hole in the fuselage. "The BLACK HAWK
 has proven time after time that it is capable, durable and survivable,"
 Pino said.
     The International BLACK HAWK will be designed with a modular platform
 that can be configured to meet specific customer requirements. Common
 elements will include a digital cockpit with four-axis advanced flight
 control systems, coupled flight director, active vibration controls, and
 dual pilot IFR. "This platform will accommodate customer demand with an
 affordable, capable, and adaptable aircraft," Pino said.
     Sikorsky plans to build, assemble and deliver the International BLACK
 HAWK for global customers outside the United States. Doing so will allow
 Sikorsky to focus domestic operations on U.S. military production and
 ensure that the company can build the International BLACK HAWK for the
 global market within an affordable cost structure.
     Sikorsky is currently evaluating several companies from various
 countries to take part in the project. "This is part of Sikorsky's
 long-range strategic objective to globalize operations and expand our
 supply base with qualified, cost-competitive manufacturers and service
 providers from across the world," Pino said.
     Key milestones in the program will be validation of the financial model
 and formalization of agreements with the international participants in the
 program.
     The Armed BATTLEHAWK will come equipped with a full suite of armed
 reconnaissance and attack capabilities, including an integrated helmet
 display, C4I system, missiles, rockets, and a turreted gun. "Shrinking
 budgets and changing battlefield environments call for an effective multi-
 purpose aircraft for governments that have both an attack and utility
 requirement," Pino said.
     Armed BATTLEHAWK will provide medium lift capability that can be used
 in either combat or peace time, including troop transport, search and
 rescue, and disaster relief. "Armed BATTLEHAWK will save resources and
 provide operational efficiencies by reducing the need for additional
 platforms, training facilities, and support infrastructure," Pino said.
     More than 2,800 BLACK HAWK variants have been delivered to 25
 governments worldwide since 1978, accumulating more than 7 million combined
 flight hours.
     Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world
 leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. United Technologies
 Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., 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.
     http://www.sikorsky.com
 
 

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

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