Colombian Army Takes Delivery of Five S-70i™ BLACK HAWK Helicopters
STRATFORD, Conn., March 21, 2013
STRATFORD, Conn., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Colombian Army has
formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its
fleet of BLACK HAWK aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to
buy the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft, a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"We are honored by the trust the Colombian Armed Forces continue to place in
Sikorsky, and in the BLACK HAWK aircraft as the country's utility helicopter
of choice," said Jennifer Caruso, Sikorsky Vice President of Army and Air
The aircraft were accepted during a Feb. 11 ceremony in Tolemaida attended by
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Defense Minister Juan Carlos
Built at Sikorsky's aircraft manufacturing facility in Mielec, Poland, the
five aircraft were custom-equipped in the United States for the Special Forces
of the Colombian Army's Air Assault Division.
A team of Colombian pilots and maintainers flew the five aircraft from
Connecticut 4,334 miles (6,975 km) via Central America to the Army Special
Operation Aviation Military base in Tolemaida, arriving Jan. 30 following 10
days of flight.
Before departing Connecticut, the Colombian team received extensive training
from Sikorsky to become familiar with the S-70i aircraft's digital cockpit and
advanced avionics. The system includes a dual GPS/INS system with digital map
that provides accurate navigation and enhanced situational awareness. The team
also graduated instructor pilots and maintainers to train others in their
The five S-70i aircraft join a fleet of 96 UH-60L helicopters operated by the
Colombian National Police, Colombian Air Force, and Colombian Army —accounting
for the world's fourth-largest BLACK HAWK fleet. Military forces in almost 30
countries operate more than 3,000 BLACK HAWK aircraft for a variety of
missions, including troop transport and air assault, cargo lift, search and
rescue, and VIP transport.
Sold directly by Sikorsky to international militaries and government agencies,
the S-70i helicopter delivers the same power and lift performance as S-70M
BLACK HAWK aircraft. The S-70i model can be customized easily by Sikorsky to
specific mission needs, to include radar, ballistic protection, medical
litters, extended range fuel tanks, an external rescue hoist, and cargo hook
among other features.
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.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
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