Sikorsky Continues to Expand Its Capabilities in Colombia

          Sikorsky Continues to Expand Its Capabilities in Colombia

Increased Maintenance Presence along with New Business Office; Helicopter
Training Center Set to Open in 2013

PR Newswire

STRATFORD, Conn., Nov. 1, 2012

STRATFORD, Conn., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft today
announced it has expanded its support of the Colombia Armed Forces BLACK HAWK
helicopter fleet by opening an office in Bogota, Colombia. In addition,
Sikorsky will open South America's first BLACK HAWK helicopter training center
in Melgar, Colombia, in early 2013. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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The new office will employ 10 people and provide the Colombian Ministry of
Defense with a central, in-country point of contact for managing all aspects
of business with Sikorsky including aftermarket support, program management,
and administrative requirements. Sikorsky Areospace Services, the aftermarket
business of Sikorsky Aircraft, already operates a Service Depot in Tolemaida,
Colombia.

"Colombia is a longtime strategic customer and valued partner," said Mick
Maurer, President, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. "Our continued investments in
support services exemplify Sikorsky's solid commitment to enhance the Ministry
of Defense and the Colombian Armed Forces' fleet availability and operational
readiness. We remain dedicated to providing strong support directly where our
customers operate."

Colombia purchased its first BLACK HAWK helicopter in 1987 when the Air Force
procured aircraft via the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS)
channel. Ten years later, the Colombian Army acquired its own BLACK HAWK
fleet. The National Federal Police followed suit by procuring its first six
aircraft in 1999. Today, Colombia operates nearly 100 BLACK HAWK helicopters –
the world's fourth-largest BLACK HAWK fleet and the largest procured to
datethrough the FMS system. These aircraft perform a variety of missions
including search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster relief, anti-drug,
and counter-insurgency operations.

Sikorsky also continues to work on completion of a state-of-the-art BLACK HAWK
helicopter training facility in Melgar. Scheduled to open in early 2013, it
will be South America's first BLACK HAWK flight training center and will
feature the region's only full motion, high fidelity, FAA Level D Equivalent
BLACK HAWK simulator. The center will provide pilot and flight crew training
for the Colombian Armed Services and Sikorsky military customers throughout
Latin America.

Earlier this year, Sikorsky announced the expansion of its existing
maintenance contract that doubles the size of the in-country maintenance
support team for the Colombian Army UH-60 BLACK HAWK fleet. The Colombian Army
Aviation – part of the army's Combined Arms Team – has acquired Scheduled and
Unscheduled Maintenance Services for its fleet of UH-60 helicopters to ensure
sustained support for operations mandated by the Colombian Army. Forty-two
Sikorsky-trained technicians perform Phase Maintenance Inspections and
120-hour inspections at the Aviation Maintenance Base in Tolemaida. The
contract is renewable annually.

Additionally, a team of five Sikorsky-trained technicians perform depot
airframe repairs at the Tolemaida base. The capability to provide in-country
depot maintenance significantly minimizes operating costs and aircraft
downtime by eliminating the need to transport aircraft back to Sikorsky
facilities in the U.S.

"We understand the importance of the Colombian Armed Services' need to
maintain their fleet at optimal mission readiness. Our goal is to provide the
needed OEM support expertise and capabilities directly where our customers
operate," said Frank DiPasquale, Vice President, Sales and Strategic
Relationships of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, Sikorsky's aftermarket business,
which is overseeing the efforts in Colombia.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. Sikorsky Aerospace Services
provides comprehensive support to rotary and fixed wing aircraft throughout
the world. It offers its military and commercial operators a full portfolio of
support services, including material distribution, maintenance, overhaul &
repair, aircraft modifications and life-cycle support. 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.

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SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Website: http://www.sikorsky.com
Contact: Paul Jackson, +1-860-614-3899, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com; Frans
Jurgens, +1-203-386-6443, Frans.Jurgens@Sikorsky.com
 
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