Sikorsky Meets Accelerated UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter Deliveries for Sweden

STRATFORD, Con­necti­cut -Siko­rsky Air­craft, a sub­sidiary of Unit­ed Tech­nolo­gies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today deliv­ered to the U.S. Army the fourth of 15 UH-60M BLACK HAWK air­craft for fur­ther trans­fer to the Swedish Defence Mate­r­i­al Admin­is­tra­tion (FMV).

UH-60M BLACK HAWK for Sweden
UH-60M BLACK HAWK
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The FMV is procur­ing the 15 air­craft via the U.S. Government’s For­eign Mil­i­tary Sales pro­gram. The accel­er­at­ed build sched­ule will enable the Swedish Armed Forces to deploy three UH-60M air­craft to Afghanistan in April, 2013. The Swedish Armed Forces will use the air­craft for med­ical evac­u­a­tion, util­i­ty, and search and res­cue mis­sions.
“The Black Hawk Util­i­ty Heli­copter (UH-60) is the world’s best cur­rent and future force util­i­ty heli­copter,” said Gre­go­ry D. Gore, Deputy Project Man­ag­er, U.S. Army Util­i­ty Heli­copters Project Office. “The UH-60 pro­vides all com­man­ders with rapid and agile maneu­ver capa­bil­i­ty through air assault, gen­er­al sup­port, com­mand and con­trol, and MEDEVAC mis­sions. These fea­tures will pro­vide Swe­den an unpar­al­leled asset to sup­port their pri­ma­ry mis­sion of med­ical evac­u­a­tion and troop trans­port in Afghanistan as these air­craft are field­ed in 2013.”
Gore made his remarks dur­ing the deliv­ery cer­e­mo­ny today at Siko­rsky Aircraft’s Strat­ford head­quar­ters attend­ed by senior mem­bers of the FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces.
Swe­den is the first Euro­pean coun­try to acquire the U.S. Army’s UH-60M BLACK HAWK air­craft. Intro­duced into ser­vice with the U.S. Army in 2007, the ‘M’ mod­el is the lat­est vari­ant of the world’s most suc­cess­ful medi­um-lift mil­i­tary util­i­ty heli­copter. Sweden’s air­craft come equipped from Siko­rsky with an advanced flight con­trol sys­tem to reduce pilot work­load, full night vision device capa­bil­i­ty for night oper­a­tions, and a state-of-the-art com­mu­ni­ca­tions suite.
The U.S. Army will fur­ther mod­i­fy the air­craft with a vari­ety of equip­ment, includ­ing an exte­ri­or res­cue hoist, gun­ner seats, armored floor, stack­able lit­ters, a cock­pit heater and envi­ron­men­tal con­trol sys­tem.
Swedish air­crew — already flight qual­i­fied in UH-60M air­craft at the U.S. Army Avi­a­tion Cen­ter of Excel­lence, Fort Ruck­er, Ala. — will receive fol­low on unit train­ing at the Swedish Air Force base in Linköping fol­low­ing the arrival of the first four unmod­i­fied air­craft in Swe­den in ear­ly 2012. Siko­rsky Aero­space Ser­vices and Swedish defense and secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny Saab will pro­vide main­tain­er train­ing and long-term logis­tics sup­port for the fleet.

“Close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the U.S. Army is enabling Siko­rsky to build these UH-60M BLACK HAWK air­craft 18 months ahead of a typ­i­cal pro­duc­tion sched­ule,” said John Pacel­li, Sikorsky’s Vice Pres­i­dent for Inter­na­tion­al Mil­i­tary Busi­ness. “We’re very pleased our joint efforts will meet Sweden’s urgent require­ment for new heli­copters and asso­ci­at­ed train­ing and logis­tic sup­port in time for deploy­ment.”
BLACK HAWK heli­copters of all vari­ants flown by the U.S. Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan the­aters of war have accu­mu­lat­ed more than 1.3 mil­lion fleet flight hours with­out a sin­gle Class A mate­r­i­al fail­ure. The com­bined oper­a­tional sor­tie rate in both the­aters stands at 85 per­cent. The U.S. Army’s total BLACK HAWK heli­copter fleet exceeds 1,945 air­craft.