8-Jun-2010 Source: Sikorsky
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the first offshore Full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) site for the U.S. Armyâ€™s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). This site is centrally located on the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Sikorsky Aerospace Services will maintain the four LUH aircraft assigned to the U.S. Armyâ€™s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) on the Kwajalein Atoll Range complex in the Marshall Islands. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean â€“ between Hawaii and Australia â€“ the Marshall Islands serve as an important test site for the U.S. military.
â€œWith decades of experience working with the U.S. Army, we are proud to support the Armyâ€™s LUH program in this strategic military location. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is pleased to continue to provide world class support for a program of vital importance to the nationâ€™s defense and homeland security needs,â€ said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
To date, the combined LUH fleet has flown more than 30,000 hours and Sikorsky Aerospace Services has maintained operational availability of 92 percent at the Full CLS sites throughout the U.S.
The Army CLS program is being subcontracted to Sikorsky Aerospace Services by EADS North America, the prime contractor for the LUH program. Helicopter Support, Inc., a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, will provide fleet support which includes selected material provisioning, transportation, web-based maintenance management (HELOTRAC RLÂ®) and web-based material management. This support platform allows for timely logistics and aircraft readiness management.
Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, will provide on-site LUH/EC-145 trained and certified A&P mechanics to execute Army Full CLS operations. Site personnel are also trained in aircraft system and procedures specific to the operating environment.
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 operators. 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 worldwide