Sikorsky Aircraft Signs Contract to Develop Enhanced Rotor Blades

STRATFORD, Conn. , May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced an agreement with the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate to develop a new, integrated solution for enhanced helicopter rotor durability and capability. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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Under the $11.4 million, 42-month program, Sikorsky will research and provide a solution that increases rotor blade life in erosive environments, provides a reliable and maintainable ice protection system, and includes an improved methodology for assessing and repairing battle damage. The program could yield significant cost savings as well.

The contract was signed late in the first quarter 2008, and Sikorsky has teamed with the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) to investigate potential solutions for increasing blade erosion resistance. Other team members include SANOVA, Ross Technology Corp., South West Research Institute, BAE Systems, Integran, Engineering Consulting Services, and the Army Research Laboratory. Most of the work will occur at Sikorsky's headquarters with support at UTRC's test facility in East Hartford, Conn.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn. , is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. The company's long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time. "(TM)

Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center provides advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research for industry leading customers in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation. UTRC's customers include all UTC business units, as well as government agencies and independent organizations. Among its key research goals are sustainable technologies that positively impact the marketplace while conserving resources. UTRC is based in East Hartford, Conn.

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.