STRATFORD, Conn., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK helicopter, an international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter, is nearing completion on the assembly line at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. company in Poland. The progress of the first international BLACK HAWK variant signals the launch of a new helicopter in the Sikorsky product line. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Aircraft 0001, the first S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter, was powered on for the first time a few weeks ago. Final assembly officially began on Aug. 17, 2009.
"We achieved this key program milestone through the dedication and teamwork of Sikorsky Aircraft employees and our global suppliers," said Debra A. Zampano, S-70i Program Manager, International Military Programs, Sikorsky Military Systems. "This collaboration has illuminated our company's commitment to this program and to extending the legacy of innovation in aviation. We are charting toward an historical event for Sikorsky Aircraft -- the first international BLACK HAWK helicopter."
To increase its presence in the international marketplace, Sikorsky designated PZL Mielec as a final assembly center for the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter. A key competitive feature of the Polish-made S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter is that it will provide multi-mission, 10-ton utility lift capability at a price comparable to helicopters in the 6-ton to 8-ton class.
"As the first S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter becomes a completed aircraft, the employees of PZL Mielec will share in the excitement in witnessing the first S-70i BLACK HAWK aircraft come off the assembly line. It will be a moment that unites all employees in their pride in building and supporting the newest variant in a remarkable Sikorsky product line," said Janusz Zakrecki, CEO of PZL Mielec.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning potential production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans or availability of funding or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.