Jacksonville, Florida (April 1, 2014) Kaman Aerosystems today announced delivery of its 1,000th H-60 helicopter cockpit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). The milestone UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter cockpit was incorporated into an H-60 airframe that underwent final assembly at Sikorsky’s Bridgeport, Connecticut facility and was delivered to the U.S. Army.
Kaman’s 1,000th H-60 cockpit delivery marks an eight year relationship between Sikorsky and Kaman on this program. Kaman has been delivering H-60 cockpits since responsibility for manufacturing the cockpits was transferred to Kaman from Sikorsky in 2005. Kaman manufactures the detail parts, conducts final assembly, and manages the extensive supply chain for three different H-60 cockpit models, L, S, M and other derivatives, including the Medevac, which is derived from the “M” model. All H-60 cockpits delivered by Kaman have been manufactured at its Kaman Aerosystems facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We take great pride in this latest program milestone for this tactical transport aircraft that is indispensable to our men and women in uniform,” noted James Larwood, President of Kaman Aerosystems. “We value our long standing relationship with Sikorsky on the H-60 cockpit subcontract program and look forward to many additional deliveries under our latest five-year agreement, entered into in 2012.”
Kaman is a leading supplier of integrated structures including metallic and composite structural assemblies and detail metallic parts for OEM and Tier I aerospace companies engaged in commercial and military aircraft programs. Kaman provides complete aerostructure solutions including design, tooling, manufacturing, testing, and post support.
Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Additionally, the Company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Kaman also provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at www.kaman.com
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), which is based in Hartford, Conn., and provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.