Sikorsky Aerospace Services Selects Cobham's Advanced Avionics Suite for S-61 Modernization Program

Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:00pm EST

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SHELTON, Conn.,  Feb. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services
(SAS) today announced plans to equip Sikorsky's modernized S-61T helicopter with
a suite of advanced avionics provided by S-TEC Corporation/Cobham Commercial
Systems (Cobham) of  Mineral Wells, Texas.  In early 2010, the U.S. Department
of State entered into an IDIQ (indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity)
agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61 helicopters for passengers and
cargo transport missions worldwide.  SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky
Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation



"Sikorsky's S-61 helicopter has a 50-year legacy of reliably performing missions
for the U.S. and foreign allied militaries.  With its rugged endurance,
spaciousness, and lift capabilities, the modernized S-61 aircraft can be
outfitted to meet a wide variety of requirements.  It provides superior value
for a mid-size multi-mission helicopter," said  John Johnson, Director,
Commercial Customer Support and S-61 Programs.  "We are pleased to work with
Cobham, which has a solid reputation for innovation and system performance in
harsh conditions."  

Decommissioned legacy S-61 aircraft are being converted into a modernized S-61T
fleet that incorporate a full array of system upgrades for enhanced mission
performance.  The IDIQ serves as a contracting vehicle for any U.S. Government
agency to purchase the modernized S-61T variant.  The integrated avionics
package features large-format synthetic vision flight displays, advanced flight
management capability, integrated Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System
(EICAS), dual digital audio/radio control display units, dual VHF navigation,
and communication radios.  

"Cobham Commercial Systems is excited to be part of Sikorsky's modernization of
the S-61 helicopter" said  Roger J. Smith, General Manager, Cobham Commercial
Systems,  Mineral Wells. "We are proud to have been selected to enhance the
mission performance of Sikorsky's S-61T aircraft with Cobham's intuitive 21st
century cockpit."

Cobham's advanced avionics suite also includes an automatic direction finding
system, a distance measuring system, an integrated digital audio/radio
management system incorporating aft-cabin audio control.  With integration of
navigation, communications and warning systems that provide real-time
information, Cobham's avionics suite reduces pilot workload, enhances safety,
and improves situational awareness.  The modernized S-61T aircraft also offers
its operators superior performance at a reasonable purchase price, with
efficient operating costs and intrinsic resale value.  

Cobham Commercial Systems makes helicopter and airplane flight safer, simpler,
more efficient, and more comfortable from takeoff to landing.  The business unit
develops, deploys, and supports technologies for Civil General Aviation,
Military, Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, OEM, and retrofit markets around the

SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of UTC.  SAS provides comprehensive support to rotary and fixed wing aircraft
throughout the world.  It offers its military and commercial operators a full
portfolio of support services, including material distribution, maintenance,
overhaul & repair, aircraft modifications, and life-cycle support.  Sikorsky,
based in  Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design,
manufacture, and service.  UTC, based in  Hartford, Connecticut, provides a
broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace
and building systems industries worldwide.  

SOURCE  Sikorsky Aerospace Services

Paul Jackson, +1-860-614-3899,; or Marianne Heffernan,

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