Sikorsky Aerospace Services Selects Cobham's Advanced Avionics Suite for S-61 Modernization Program

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Selects Cobham's Advanced Avionics Suite for S-61
                            Modernization Program

PR Newswire

SHELTON, Conn., Feb. 18, 2013

SHELTON, Conn., Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sikorsky Aerospace Services
(SAS) today announced plans to equip Sikorsky's modernized S-61T™ helicopter
with a suite of advanced avionics provided by S-TEC Corporation/Cobham
Commercial Systems (Cobham) of Mineral Wells, Texas. In early 2010, the U.S.
Department of State entered into an IDIQ (indefinite delivery-indefinite
quantity) agreement to purchase up to 110 modernized S-61 helicopters for
passengers and cargo transport missions worldwide. SAS is the aftermarket
business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corporation (UTC) (NYSE: UTX).

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"Sikorsky's S-61 helicopter has a 50-year legacy of reliably performing
missions for the U.S. and foreign allied militaries. With its rugged
endurance, spaciousness, and lift capabilities, the modernized S-61 aircraft
can be outfitted to meet a wide variety of requirements. It provides superior
value for a mid-size multi-mission helicopter," said John Johnson, Director,
Commercial Customer Support and S-61 Programs. "We are pleased to work with
Cobham, which has a solid reputation for innovation and system performance in
harsh conditions."

Decommissioned legacy S-61 aircraft are being converted into a modernized
S-61T fleet that incorporate a full array of system upgrades for enhanced
mission performance. The IDIQ serves as a contracting vehicle for any U.S.
Government agency to purchase the modernized S-61T variant. The integrated
avionics package features large-format synthetic vision flight displays,
advanced flight management capability, integrated Engine Indication and Crew
Alerting System (EICAS), dual digital audio/radio control display units, dual
VHF navigation, and communication radios. 

"Cobham Commercial Systems is excited to be part of Sikorsky's modernization
of the S-61 helicopter" said Roger J. Smith, General Manager, Cobham
Commercial Systems, Mineral Wells. "We are proud to have been selected to
enhance the mission performance of Sikorsky's S-61T aircraft with Cobham's
intuitive 21st century cockpit."

Cobham's advanced avionics suite also includes an automatic direction finding
system, a distance measuring system, an integrated digital audio/radio
management system incorporating aft-cabin audio control. With integration of
navigation, communications and warning systems that provide real-time
information, Cobham's avionics suite reduces pilot workload, enhances safety,
and improves situational awareness. The modernized S-61T aircraft also offers
its operators superior performance at a reasonable purchase price, with
efficient operating costs and intrinsic resale value.

Cobham Commercial Systems makes helicopter and airplane flight safer, simpler,
more efficient, and more comfortable from takeoff to landing. The business
unit develops, deploys, and supports technologies for Civil General Aviation,
Military, Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, OEM, and retrofit markets around
the world.

SAS is the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of UTC. SAS 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. Sikorsky, based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world
leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. UTC, based in
Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and
support services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

SOURCE Sikorsky Aerospace Services

Website: http://www.sikorsky.com
Contact: Paul Jackson, +1-860-614-3899, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com; or Marianne
Heffernan, +1-203-386-4373, mheffernan@sikorsky.com
 
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