Sikorsky and Terma explore opportunities for helicopter defensive systems

Sikorsky and Terma explore opportunities for helicopter defensive systems 14 Aug, 12, Source: Terma

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Terma A/S, a leading defense, aerospace and security company in Denmark, have started negotiations to determine how Terma’s aircraft defense systems might be integrated onto Sikorsky’s S-70i ™ BLACK HAWK, S-92® and S-76® helicopters. The scope of work is contingent on the Danish government’s decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program.

“Preliminary negotiations with Sikorsky Aircraft are very positive” says Jørn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Vice President, Terma Global. “Sikorsky Aircraft’s platforms combined with Terma’s mission-critical solutions make a perfect fit.”

Sikorsky and Terma have signed two memoranda of understanding in the past two years to explore ways the two companies can collaborate to fulfill offset obligations associated with the Danish Maritime Helicopter Program. The Danish Government is considering the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R helicopter as one of two rotary wing platforms remaining in the competition. A selection is expected later this year. The Royal Danish Navy will use the aircraft to perform homeland defense operations and improve the country’s international commitments for transport, surveillance, and search and rescue.

“Terma has a tremendous track record developing and integrating electronic warfare and countermeasures systems that protect helicopters from guided missile threats,” said Robert Kokorda, Sikorsky’s Sales and Marketing Vice President. “Our discussions center around offering Terma’s ALQ-213 controller and countermeasures capability as an option for helicopters we sell internationally, specifically the S-70i utility helicopter we make in Poland for militaries around the world, and the commercial S-92 and S-76 helicopters used for VVIP transport.

Terma offers customer-tailored electronic warfare solutions centered around the ALQ-213 controller, which controls and integrates any combination of sensors and countermeasures systems on any type of aircraft.

The MH-60R airframe is designed and built by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, with mission systems integration by Lockheed Martin. To date, the two companies have delivered 140 of 300 MH-60R aircraft to the U.S. Navy.

Sikorsky Aircraft, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters. Terma A/S, a leading defense, aerospace and security company in Denmark, has more than 30 years’ experience as manufacturer and integrator of electronic warfare and survivability equipment for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Terma provides products and systems for a number of defense and non-defense applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, electronic warfare systems, space technology, and aeronautic structures for high-performance military aircraft. Terma maintains international subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary Terma North America Inc. headquartered in Arlington, VA and with U.S. offices in Warner Robins, GA, Ft. Worth TX, Huntsville, AL, and Norfolk, VA.

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