Helicopter Support Inc. (HSI) Activates Contractor Support Site for Light Utility Helicopters

FORT RUCKER, Ala., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today its Helicopter Support Inc. (HSI) business unit has begun operating a new contractor logistics support site here for Light Utility Helicopters. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The first three of six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from American Eurocopter arrived at the site in early July, signifying a key event for the on-time activation of the seventh contractor logistics support (CLS) site operating in the HSI CLS program. The aircraft delivery there brings the LUH fleet to a total of 72 aircraft.

"The Fort Rucker CLS site will support an air ambulance detachment that provides mission-critical support to army aviator training, Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic (MAST) and Army Ranger training in North Georgia," said Sam Mehta, HSI President. "The on-schedule activation of the CLS site at the 'home of Army Aviation' reemphasizes our commitment to our customer and illustrates the strong team relationships that continue to make this program a success."

The U.S. Army has purchased 345 LUH aircraft, which will be supported through the HSI CLS program. The CLS team continues to deliver LUH fleet operational availability rates in excess of 90 percent.

The Fort Rucker facility is the single training base for all U.S. Army aviation as well as U.S. Air Force rotary wing pilots. In addition to HSI, Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, American Eurocopter, Thales and SAGEM are providing contractor logistics support to the EADS LUH Program.

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 customers. United Technologies Corp., 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 Aircraft Corp.

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