PZL Mielec plant workers stand beside the first Black Hawk S-70i helicopter ever produced outside the U.S. , in Mielec, March 11, 2010. PZL Mielec was acquired by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, an arm of United Technologies, in 2007 and the first Black Hawk S-70i, an international variant of the Black Hawk helicopter, was officially presented on March 15, 2010. Picture taken March 11, 2010. (Foto: Reuters)
07 September 2010, KIELCE, Poland -- The S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopter, the international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter, is on public display for the first time. Built at PZL Mielec, Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, the aircraft will be on static display at the MSPO exhibition through Sept. 9. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The display aircraft is the second to be produced at PZL Mielec. The first S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter built at PZL Mielec is nearing completion of flight testing in the U.S. A production flight hangar at PZL Mielec is expected to be ready for flight test operations by the end of 2010.
“This begins a new chapter for the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter being offered on the international market,” said Debra A. Zampano, S-70i Program Manager, International Military Programs. “From its inception, the
S-70i helicopter program has moved forward smoothly, consistently achieving all of its key milestones. This is a global product for a global marketplace, and we are pleased that the public is able to view this new S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter at the MSPO.”
Production flight tests will be conducted at the flight hangar at PZL Mielec beginning with the second aircraft.
Since its initial flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, the first S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter has flown approximately 38 hours in test flight. It is expected to complete production flight testing in the fourth quarter.
“In test flight, the S-70i helicopter is light and has been flying remarkably fast,” said Chief Test Pilot Rick Becker. “It has been performing very well. It’s just a joy to fly.”
Delivery of the first S-70i BLACK HAWK aircraft to the S-70i helicopter program launch customer is scheduled for early 2011.
“The S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter will support the global demand for the advanced technology available in this aircraft,” said Janusz Zakrecki, President of PZL Mielec. “Built in Poland, this aircraft exemplifies Polish craftsmanship and American technology, but more importantly, it is ready for the missions to come.”
The S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter is the first BLACK HAWK aircraft designed specifically for international customers, and utilizes a global supply chain. It is the first BLACK HAWK helicopter to be assembled in Europe as well as the first helicopter to be produced by PZL Mielec in Poland.
The S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter incorporates the latest technology with advanced features such as a fully integrated digital cockpit with a dual digital automatic flight control system and coupled flight director. It also features an active vibration control system that will smooth the overall ride of the aircraft. The dual GPS/INS system with digital map provides accurate and redundant navigation for the most demanding of tactical environments. Customers around the world will benefit from the aircraft’s modern, robust aircraft configuration and ability to leverage existing interoperability with Sikorsky’s worldwide fleet of BLACK HAWK helicopters.
Plans call for at least 20 S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters to be produced per year, beginning in 2012.
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.
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