Sikorsky Aircraft to Expand Huntsville Operations

Jun 04, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 today formally dedicated a new technical integration center in Cummings
 Research Park. The new 30,000-square-foot facility will house Sikorsky
 employees dedicated to support U.S. Army BLACK HAWK helicopters and other
 military aviation programs. Sikorsky Aircraft, based in Stratford, Conn.,
 is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:   UTX).
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     The Sikorsky Huntsville operation is expected to grow from 65 employees
 today to more than 160 employees over the next year. Employment
 opportunities will include the areas of engineering, worldwide customer
 service (logistics), and program management. New positions are to be filled
 predominantly by new hires from the local area.
     "The Huntsville Technical Integration Center provides a strong
 opportunity for Sikorsky Aircraft to align with the mission of 'Team
 Redstone' in nearby Redstone Arsenal, providing basic and advanced weapons
 system research and development and ultimately placing the right aviation
 systems with our troops," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino.
     "As the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Plan is funded and put into
 effect, Redstone Arsenal will become even more of a military R&D focal
 point as agencies such as the Army Materiel Command, the Space and Missile
 Defense Command, the Aviation Technical Test Center, and the U.S. Army
 Security Assistance Command all become concentrated there. Sikorsky looks
 forward to this collaboration between the Huntsville Technical Integration
 Center and the Redstone Arsenal."
     Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president for research and engineering, said
 the work to be done in Huntsville will follow the joint mission by Sikorsky
 and Redstone Arsenal to provide the best, most technically advanced
 rotorcraft to Army aviators.
     "In the long term, the benefits and applications from this collective
 effort can be extensive from both the technology development and customer
 support standpoints," Miller said. "What we achieve and learn here can help
 improve all our military aircraft and even shape future platforms."
     "This is great news for Huntsville," said Senator Richard Shelby, R-
 Alabama. "United Technologies' further expansion into Alabama will create
 significant job growth for the region and will continue Sikorsky's ardent
 support of the Army's BLACK HAWK helicopter program. I am proud that
 Sikorsky once again recognizes Alabama's ability to provide a dedicated and
 educated workforce and I look forward to continuing this already strong
     Currently, BLACK HAWK derivatives serve in 26 governments around the
 world in a diverse range of missions such as combat assault, peacekeeping,
 border patrol, drug interdiction, disaster relief and MEDEVAC. More than
 2,800 S-70 and H-60 variants have accumulated more than five million flight
 hours for the U.S. military and Sikorsky's international customers.
     The expanded Sikorsky Huntsville office will support the legacy BLACK
 HAWK fleet as well as the latest version of the aircraft, the UH-60M
 advanced utility helicopter. The UH-60M is designed to replace the older
 UH-60A BLACK HAWK and is the centerpiece of the Army's long-term effort to
 modernize its medium-lift helicopter fleet.
     Prospective candidates interested in working for Sikorsky can apply at
     Sikorsky is currently under a multi-year contract to manufacture and
 deliver UH-60L utility, HH-60L Medevac helicopters, as well as the new
 UH-60M BLACK HAWK in Low Rate Initial Production. Sikorsky and the Army are
 planning for approval of full-rate production for more than 1,200 UH-60M
 aircraft this year. Exact procurement numbers year-to-year and across the
 life of the program will be determined by budget authorizations and
 specific contract awards.
     Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader
 in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. The company's long
 commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement:
 "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere ... every
 time(TM)." 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.

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