20-Jul-2010 Source: Sikorsky
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has become the launch customer for the new S-70iTM helicopter. The MOI signed a contract to acquire three of the latest model aircraft in the celebrated BLACK HAWK helicopter line, and has taken options to acquire 12 additional S-70i helicopters. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Delivery of the first helicopter is scheduled for early 2011. The aircraft will perform transport, border protection and other missions.
â€œWe are proud to announce the sales launch of the S-70i international BLACK HAWK to our valued customer, Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Ministry of Interior. The S-70i helicopter continues the legendary BLACK HAWK history of providing safe and reliable transportation for militaries around the world with exceptional value,â€ said Michael Ambrose, vice president of international military programs at Sikorsky. â€œSikorsky has a long and honored history with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the S-70i is the next exciting chapter in our relationship. We also look forward to further expanding this relationship in the years to come.â€
The new S-70iTM BLACK HAWK helicopter was designed for the international marketplace. The helicopter incorporates the latest technology with advanced features such as a fully integrated digital cockpit with a dual digital automatic flight control system and coupled flight director. It also features an active vibration control system that will smooth the overall ride of the aircraft. The dual GPS/INS system with digital map provides accurate and redundant navigation for the most demanding of tactical environments. Customers around the world will benefit from the S-70i helicopter’s modern, robust aircraft configuration and ability to leverage existing interoperability with Sikorskyâ€™s worldwide fleet of BLACK HAWK helicopters.
The new S-70i international variant utilizes a global supply chain and is the first BLACK HAWK helicopter ever assembled in Europe. PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft company in Poland, has been established as the hub of the S-70i program for international customers. The successful first flight of the S-70i aircraft took place on July 1 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. 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.
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