Ministry of Transport Signs for Four S-76D™ Helicopters for Search and Rescue Mission in China

Ministry of Transport Signs for Four S-76D™ Helicopters for Search and Rescue
                               Mission in China

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, March 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --China's Ministry of Transport's (MOT)
Rescue and Salvage Bureau has signed a contract for the supply of four
Sikorsky S-76D™ search and rescue helicopters, with an option for another four
next year, to further enhance MOT's maritime search and rescue capabilities,
Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the Heli-Expo industry show. Sikorsky,
a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). 


The S-76D helicopter is the newest product from Sikorsky Aircraft. The Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Type Certification of the S-76D model in
October 2012, and the helicopter continues its envelope expansion as the first
models move through final modifications for customer deliveries in early 2013.

China's MOT first introduced Sikorsky S-76 search and rescue helicopters in
2000, and this is the fourth contract it has awarded Sikorsky for the S-76^®
series of helicopters. When these four aircraft are delivered, MOT will
operate a fleet of 12 S-76 search and rescue helicopters of various versions,
which have formed the backbone of China's aerial search and rescue
capabilities for maritime operations.

"The continuous selection by MOT of Sikorsky's S-76 SAR helicopters among
various bidding models clearly illustrates the Chinese government's firm trust
and confidence in Sikorsky helicopters," said Robert Kokorda, Sikorsky's Vice
President of Sales & Marketing. "The fact that MOT chose to be one of the
launch customers of the S-76D helicopter demonstrates its satisfaction with
Sikorsky's products and service. We are committed to our customers and will
continue to support China's maritime search and rescue capabilities by
delivering the best new performer for the mission, the S-76D."

Designed for safety, reliability and efficiency, the S-76D helicopter's
standard equipment features are all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor
blades; an advanced THALES integrated avionics system and autopilot; health
and usage monitoring system, and active vibration control. The S-76D is
powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada's compact and light-weight PW210S, which
delivers the best in class power-to-weight ratio and fuel burn with excellent
payload and range benefits. Rotor Ice Protection System for all-weather
capability will be available as an option.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. The company's mission statement
reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight
solutions that bring people home everywhere … every time™." United
Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high
technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Contact: Marianne V. Heffernan, +1-203-386-4373,, or
Paul Jackson, +1-203-386-7143,
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