WHIPPANY, N.J. October 7, 2012 – Breeze-Eastern Corporation (AMEX: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft to supply cargo hooks, electric rescue hoists and RAST (Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse) probes for U.S. Army UH/HH-60M BLACK HAWK and U.S. Navy MH-60S and MH-60R Naval Hawk™ helicopters. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).
The five-year agreement could exceed $40 million if production demands meet expectations under the agreement. The Army MEDEVAC helicopters will be equipped with rescue hoists; MH-60 and UH-60 helicopters will be equipped with cargo hooks. The MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters will feature RAST probe hoists. The armed services could procure up to 916 helicopters under the terms of the agreement with Sikorsky, known as Multi-Year VIII.
“We are proud to serve as a vital link for Sikorsky helicopters and are privileged to contribute to military mission success,” said Breeze-Eastern president and chief executive officer Brad Pedersen. “Our products are designed to support the most challenging lifesaving missions, and they have been proven in the field to do just that.”
Breeze-Eastern’s products are being used by military and civil operators in more than 50 nations, and the company’s deep product expertise is reflected in a product line that is ever evolving to meet customer needs and expectations.
Breeze-Eastern Corporation (www.breeze-eastern.com) is a leading global designer and manufacturer of high-performance lifting and pulling devices for military and civilian aircraft, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks, and weapons-lifting systems. The company employs approximately 180 people at its facilities in Whippany, N.J.
Sikorsky Aircraft is based in Stratford, Conn. United Technologies, based in Hartford, provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building industries.