Sikorsky Aerospace Services Provides In-Country Depot Level Repairs to Colombian Army BLACK HAWK Fleet

Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:53pm EST

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SHELTON, Conn.,  Jan. 30, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services
(SAS) today announced plans to structurally repair sevendamaged UH-60L BLACK
HAWK helicopters for the Colombian Army (COLAR) at its base depot in Tolemaida, 
Colombia. To ensure sustained support for operations as mandated by the
Colombian Army, the Colombian Army Aviation (part of the Army's Combined Arms
Team) has continued to expand its in-country BLACK HAWK maintenance services -
tripling the size of the Sikorsky Depot Team.  Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS)
is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp.  (NYSE:UTX).

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"Colombia  has been our valued customer for over thirty years. Our ability to
support the operational readiness of the Colombian Armed Services is paramount
in their efforts to ensure national order and security," said  Frank DiPasquale,
SAS Vice-President of Sales & Strategic Relationships.  "The capacity to perform
these repairs in-country will represent significant savings to our customer and
underscores our ability to be a full life-cycle service provider. The success of
this program provides economical options for Sikorsky BLACK HAWK operators

Colombia  operates the world's fourth-largest BLACK HAWK fleet. The technical
and tactical characteristics of the UH-60L fleet provide the mobility and
penetration required by the Colombian Army to execute a variety of dynamic
missions. To provide the requisite support to COLAR units, the Air Assault
Aviation Division of the National Army requires optimum fleet readiness and
airworthiness. The UH-60L aircraft support air assault, reconnaissance, supply
and other missions.

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

SOURCE  Sikorsky Aerospace Services

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