Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers 100th New Production UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter to U.S....

Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:00pm EDT

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Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers 100th New Production UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter
to U.S. Army

STRATFORD, Conn., March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a rollout ceremony
attended by government officials, armed services personnel, and employees,
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today celebrated delivery of the 100th new production
UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Army.  Sikorsky is a subsidiary of
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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With a new airframe, avionics and propulsion system, the UH-60M helicopter is
the latest and most modern in a series of BLACK HAWK variants that Sikorsky
has been delivering to the Army without interruption since 1978. 

"The UH-60M helicopter delivers great technology and a load of confidence
based on Sikorsky's three decades of experience in designing, building and
servicing the workhorse of the United States Army," said Sikorsky President
Jeffrey P. Pino, a retired U.S. Army Master Aviator with 26 years of combined
active, reserve and National Guard service. "I can talk about the aircraft's
reduced pilot workload, increased lift, better protection and enhanced
survivability, but nothing means more than when soldiers tell us how much they
depend on and trust this helicopter."

Col. L. Neil Thurgood, Utility Helicopters Project Manager for the U.S. Army,
noted an entire battalion of the aircraft has deployed to Afghanistan. "The
UH-60M BLACK HAWK has been warmly received by our soldiers who appreciate its
performance, durability and robust design," said Col. Thurgood, who spent time
with employees in the Stratford plant, thanking them for the important part
they play in America's defense.

The Army currently has more than 1,740 BLACK HAWK variants with more than 5.8
million combined flight hours in inventory, constituting the world's largest
and most battle-tested BLACK HAWK fleet. The Army BLACK HAWK fleet will soon
exceed more than 1 million hours of combat duty in the Iraq and Afghanistan
war theaters since 2003. 
"The BLACK HAWK is a great aircraft, the military's battlefield transport of
choice," Pino said. "With the UH-60M helicopter, the Army and Sikorsky are
building upon that tradition and ensuring that it will continue for
generations to come."  

The UH-60M helicopter's new composite spar wide-chord blade will provide 227
kg (500 lbs) more lift than the current UH-60L blade. The new General Electric
T700-GE-701D engine will add more horsepower and allow additional lift during
external lift (sling load) operations.

The UH-60M helicopter represents the Army's third standard baseline BLACK HAWK
version in the 30-year production history of the program. Sikorsky delivered
the UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopters from 1978 until 1989, and delivered the
UH-60L from 1989 until 2008. Not content with the status quo, Sikorsky is even
now working on an upgrade to the UH-60M helicopter.  The upgrade will feature
fly-by-wire flight controls, full authority digital engine controllers,
enhanced cockpit displays and a composite tail-cone.  Brig. General Walter
Davis, Director of Army Aviation, received a briefing on this effort.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service.  Its mission statement reflects
the company's long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight
solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time(TM)."  More
information is available at the interactive Web site. 

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. 

SOURCE  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Paul Jackson, +1-203-386-7143,, or Marianne
Heffernan, +1-203-386-4373,, both of Sikorsky
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