Mitsubishi Corporation Acquisition of Sikorsky S-76D™ Helicopters Pushes Total
for Japan Market to 11
PARIS, June 17, 2013
PARIS, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- Mitsubishi Corporation
has contracted with Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies
Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to acquire 11 S-76D™ helicopters for use in Search and
Rescue (SAR) operations by the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).
The new helicopters were ordered in three contracts that were finalized
between Feb. 2012 and March 2013. The contracts are the largest series of
orders to date in Asia for Sikorsky's newest commercial product. Sikorsky
announced the contracts today at the Paris Air Show.
"The Japan Coast Guard has a long history with the S-76^® model in the SAR
role," said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky's Vice President of Sales, Asia. "We
are honored that JCG has chosen our most advanced S-76D helicopter variant for
this critical life-saving mission."
The S-76D helicopter, which received FAA certification in 2012, is the latest
in the family of popular Sikorsky's S-76 helicopters. More than 800 S-76
helicopters in the global fleet have accumulated 6.2 million flight hours
during three decades of operation.
Among other essential equipment crucial to the search and rescue mission, the
JCG aircraft will feature a fully coupled four-axis SAR autopilot to reduce
pilot workload and enhance overall mission safety.
Designed for safety, reliability and efficiency, the S-76D helicopter features
all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades; a fully integrated THALES
glass cockpit; health and usage monitoring system; active vibration control;
and powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines, which deliver the best in
class power-to-weight ratio and fuel burn with excellent payload and range
Mitsubishi's first S-76D helicopter is scheduled to assume an operational role
for the JCG in 2014.
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. For
updates from United Technologies Corp.'s aerospace businesses visit
www.utcaero.com or follow @UTC on Twitter.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Contact: Paul Jackson, Phone: (860) 614-3899, Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com;
Marianne V. Heffernan, Phone: (203) 386-4373, email@example.com
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