Commonwealth of Australia Thanks Sikorsky for Early Delivery of First MH-60R
STRATFORD, Conn., July 26, 2013
STRATFORD, Conn., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Commonwealth of Australia
has thanked Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
(NYSE:UTX), for early delivery of the first MH-60R SEAHAWK^® helicopter to the
U.S. Navy, the initial step in the process to transfer a mission-ready
aircraft to the Australian Defence Force in December 2013.
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"Delivery and first flight of an Australian MH-60R aircraft in late June
occurred only two years after contract signature, some six months ahead of the
original schedule approved by the Australian Government in 2011," said Captain
Scott Lockey, project director at the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO),
which is procuring 24 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare
helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy. "This is a magnificent outcome for
During a ceremony July 23 near the SEAHAWK production line at Sikorsky's
Stratford, Conn., facility to mark the June 29 initial delivery,
representatives of the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, the DMO and mission
systems integrator Lockheed Martin heard Capt. Lockey speak to Sikorsky's
workforce via video.
"From the technicians on the production floor, to the test pilots on the
flight line, to the senior executives, everyone who has touched the Australian
Romeo program in any way should be proud of the role you have played," he
On July 24, the first Royal Australian Navy MH-60R aircraft arrived at
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training in Owego, N.Y., for the second
phase of aircraft completion — installation of the digital cockpit and
integrated mission systems and sensors.
Added Capt. Lockey: "The Romeo will be a significant contributor to maritime
security in our region, and will provide the Royal Australian Navy with the
most capable anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopter available today. I
know that the efforts of the U.S. Navy, Sikorsky and other industry partners
will ensure that the Romeo maintains superiority in its primary roles
throughout its life."
Sikorsky has three additional MH-60R aircraft for the Royal Australian Navy in
various stages of assembly at its SEAHAWK completion line in Stratford. Those
aircraft will be handed over to the U.S. Navy in August and September 2013 for
completion by Lockheed Martin in early 2014. The DMO is expected to take
delivery of all 24 completed MH-60R aircraft by late 2016 via the U.S.
Government's Foreign Military Sales program.
"The efficiencies of a multi-year H-60 helicopter contract with the U.S.
Government, and close collaboration with the U.S. Navy and Australia's Defence
Materiel Organisation, have enabled us to begin assembling Australia's MH-60R
aircraft ahead of schedule," said Dave Zack, Sikorsky's Director of Maritime
Helicopter Programs. "The men and women of Sikorsky are honored to continue
supporting the Australian Defence Force with advanced capability SEAHAWK
The Australian Defence Force currently operates 16 S-70B-2 SEAHAWK helicopters
acquired in the 1980s.
The first Australian MH-60R helicopter is the 168^th Romeo model produced by
Sikorsky since deliveries to the U.S. Navy began in 2006. The first Australian
Romeo also is the 401^st MH-60 SEAHAWK helicopter delivered to the U.S. Navy
since Sikorsky began deliveries of MH-60S (Sierra) helicopters in 2001.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture, and service. 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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning
opportunities for production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may
differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and
uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement
priorities and practices, budget plans, availability of funding and in the
type and number of aircraft required; challenges in the production and support
of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including
but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies
Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Contact: Frans Jurgens, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Office: +1
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