LifePort Awarded Ballistic Armor Contract To Equip U.S. Air Force Special
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 10, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --LifePort, Inc. today announced
it has contracted with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Special Operations to equip
its fleet of Sikorsky HH-60G PAVE HAWK^™ helicopters with the company's
Improved Ballistic Armor Sub System (iBASS). Culminating five years of
product development and collaboration with the USAF, deliveries of the iBASS
systems are scheduled to commence this month. A Sikorsky Aerospace Services
(SAS) company, LifePort is recognized as an industry leader in mission
equipment. SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)
The announcement was made during the LAAD Defence and Security International
Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.
"LifePort was selected based on our reputation for quality engineering, design
and performance history. We have the resources to produce qualified armored
flight seat pallets based on strict USAF specifications, and we are the only
company in the marketplace today able to provide this capability," said Dwayne
Starnes, LifePort's Director of Operations. "By the end of September 2013, the
U.S. Air Force's HH-60G fleet will be equipped with ballistic armor seat
pallets that will greatly enhance crew safety."
In service with the U.S. Air Force, the PAVE HAWK aircraft is a derivative of
Sikorsky's UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. Its primary mission is the transport
and recovery of special operations personnel. The aircraft's mission
versatility includes peacetime operations such as civil search and rescue,
emergency medical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid and
LifePort, Inc.,is a leader in the design and manufacture of mission
equipment, specializing in air medical systems, lightweight armor, interior
components and galley equipment for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services
business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for
commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed-wing operators. 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 worldwide.
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SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Contact: Paul Jackson, Phone: 860-614-3899, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com, Frans
Jurgens, Phone: 203-386-6443, Frans.Jurgens@Sikorsky.com
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